The Scottish Government is searching for a new Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) to replace departing post-holder Charles Milne.

Mr Milne told Vetsonline: “I have filled the role of CVOS for 6 years in which time, working with the industry, we have achieved many of the goals that I have set myself. It is now time to look for new challenges in an area of work which includes food safety, something with which I have a career long involvement.”

The job ad posted online explains how the new CVO would be required to head a small veterinary services division within the Rural Directorate, providing professional advice asneeded within the Scottish Government in relation to the health of farmed animals.

The successful applicant will be expected to provide professional advice on matters of disease control,including veterinary risk assessments and strategies for mitigatingimpact. It is also the job of the CVO to ensure that high quality veterinaryadvice is provided in a timely manner to support the effectivedevelopment and delivery of Animal Health and Welfare policies inScotland.

Applicants must have a degree in veterinary medicine and membership of theRCVS, together with experience ofworking with livestock and other animal keepers in the application ofdisease control and/or animal welfare measures.

Full details of the post and and application form are available at . Completed applications must be returned by Friday 27 March 2009.

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