Veterinarian – Blenheim

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  • Category: Veterinarians
  • Location: Marlborough
  • Date Advertised: 17-NOV-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1495441
  • Job Title: Veterinarian – Blenheim
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Veterinarian – Blenheim | Verification Services | New Zealand Food Safety 

  • Are you a Veterinarian looking for an exciting role based in Blenheim?
  • Are you passionate about protecting New Zealand and growing our export food industry?


The Ministry for Primary Industries works to safeguard New Zealander’s way of life well into the future. To ensure this, we have a vision where New Zealand is the world’s most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products.

Each day, almost all New Zealanders interact with our food system. We grow food, we produce it, we prepare it, we share it and we eat it. It is what brings us together, nourishes us, sustains us and is the backbone of our economy.  New Zealand food also plays an important role in the lives of overseas consumers, with many millions enjoying our food in over 200 countries.

This is an opportunity to take up a key Veterinary verifier position within the Verification Services (VS) Directorate in New Zealand Food Safety. The South Island Circuit team is seeking applicants for a Veterinary Technical Supervisor 2 for the Circuit team based in Blenheim.

Blenheim is a semi-rural town located in Marlborough region. On your doorstep you have beaches, rivers, wineries, and all the convenience you’d expect from living in a diverse town with beautiful natural surroundings. Blenheim offers a very attractive lifestyle that draws people to live, work and grow their families here.


About our team – Mō tō mātou rōpū

New Zealand Food Safety – Verification Services’ (VS) core purpose is to deliver independent, cost effective and high-quality verification, certification, inspection and clearance programmes that meet all regulatory requirements. Our people deliver a world-class, efficient and cost-effective service to a broad range of animal product industries and sectors and facilitate not only food safety, but biosecurity and market access for animals and animal product exports.

These include:

  • Verification and certification services to at least 2000 processing companies. This not only includes food primary and secondary food producers but also storage and transport.
  • Verifying containment and transitional facilities to ensure they are meeting the standards around unwanted and new organisms.
  • Inspection and certification of live animals for import and export.
  • The export meat sector accounts for 80% of Verification Service’s activities.
    • This includes slaughterhouses, meat and fish packhouses, cold storage facilities and other specialised premises processing animal products.

VS plays a key role in the Primary Sector industry and the Circuit team delivers verification, certification and inspection services Nationally. This role is focused in the Blenheim/Nelson and West Coast regions but may infrequently involve travel Nationally.


About the Role – Kōrero mō te tūranga

This role provides an opportunity for a registered veterinarian to work mainly under the Animal Products Act. As a warranted Animal Products Officer, you will carry out verification activities in accordance with current legislation and overseas market access requirements. This role also includes the inspection of animals and documentation to support the export and import of live animals. You will be based in the Blenheim region and you will travel around the region to carry out the verification functions.

We are looking for someone who enjoys a fast-paced work environment where no two days are the same. Full training is provided to the successful applicant.

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you!


Skills and Experience – Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • To be a qualified and registered Veterinarian
  • Excellent verbal and written skills as well as analytical reasoning skills
  • Integrity and trust, ethics and values, resilience, adaptability and openness
  • Persuading and influencing, teamwork, planning and organising
  • Computer literacy – can operate standard and customised software to an acceptable standard (e.g., word-processing, excel, internet, email, database, secure sites, electronic certification, residues etc.)
  • An understanding of basic food technology would be an advantage

We are looking for someone who is adaptable and can thrive in a complex and sometimes ambiguous environment. The ideal person will be able to think creatively, work under pressure, and prioritise work. We are looking for someone who will bring a high degree of enthusiasm and energy to the role.


How to Apply – Me pēhea te tuku tono

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae) please “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact the Recruitment Adviser, Rosie Slevin on 04 819 4261 or by emailing

Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks.


Applications close: Tuesday 01 December 2020


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.