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Careers at the Animal and Plant Health Agency

APHA employs around 3,600 staff, based at various sites across the UK.

Our people come from a wide variety of backgrounds and include:

  • Veterinarians
  • Scientists
  • Research specialists
  • Frontline animal, plant and bee inspectors 
  • Customer service professionals
  • Administrative support staff 

Find out more about careers as an APHA Vet

We want everyone to be the best they can be and professional development is actively encouraged. When you start with us you’ll be invited to attend a corporate induction event which compliments the role specific induction and training you’ll receive. You will be provided with inhouse technical training relevant to your role to help progress your career and build skills.

You’ll have access to learning and development, mentors and coaches to help you progress your career and build on your skills. APHA offers further education opportunities by working with universities, enabling you to gain additional qualifications.

Our apprenticeships in data, research, science, management and other subjects provide equivalent qualifications from A level to Masters.

Our comprehensive benefits offer includes:

  • A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30 days
  • An extensive range of learning and professional development opportunities tailored to your role 
  • Access to a range of retail, travel and flexible lifestyle employee discounts
  • Staff bonuses and recognition, and salary sacrifice benefit options 

APHA promotes inclusivity and values equality and diversity. We value and support all our employees. We have strong and proactive staff networks who help to shape our employee offer.

We have special leave policies, workplace adjustments for those who need them, and flexible working and diversity talent programmes to help everyone irrespective of background.

With so many flexible options, most people can find a work schedule to suit their circumstances.