Ministry of Primary Industries

Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand

Full time

Veterinary Surgeons

Mar 27

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Role Type: Permanent Full-Time

Location: Northland

Salary: Starts from $87,133 progressing with experience to $108,916 per annum plus benefits. Starting salary will be dependent on the successful applicants' skills and experience. In addition to salary we offer overtime and shift allowances

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Veterinarian who prides themselves in their ability to communicate and educate others.

The role is varied, and you will be expected to do the following

  • Communicate well with internal and external stakeholders
  • Undertake verification activities in line with current legislation and organisational requirements
  • Complete ante mortem inspections and educate others on post-mortem inspection
  • Maintain knowledge within the farming communities and be involved in on farm verification!
  • Provide certification for Meat exports

Mō te peka - About the Branch

Reporting to the Team Manager Establishment Bay of Plenty, the role sits within the Establishment group of the Verification Services directorate. MPI Verification Services (MPI VS) provides a range of food safety, animal welfare verification and certification services to support market access strategies and setting standards.

The premises are located on the outskirts of Dargaville township and operates two shifts processing adult beef. This position mainly operates on the nightshift and would suit an entry level or an experienced veterinarian.

Dargaville is a rural service centre for the surrounding dairy and kumara growing industries and is located 55 km west of Whangarei and is near the unspoiled paradise of the Kauri Coast.

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako – Skills & Experience

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a Qualified and registered Veterinarian
  • Have knowledge of the principles and practices associated with HACCP, Quality Assurance systems, Risk Management Systems
  • Have verbal and written skills, verbal, and analytical reasoning skills
  • Demonstrate integrity and trust, ethics and values, resilience, adaptability, and openness
  • Have experience persuading and influencing, teamwork, planning and organising
  • Have 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
  • Understand basic food technology

Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua: - Benefits of working at MPI

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for Group Healthcare Schemes
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Over time payments
  • Rostered hours of work
  • Shift payments additional to salary
  • Technical training provided

Whakamātau Whakapōauau me te Waipiro - Drug and Alcohol Screening

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 page.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online career's portal.

The closing date is 11th April 2022

If you have any questions about the role, please email or

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.

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