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Job Description

  • Are you a Veterinarian looking for an opportunity in the export meat industry?
  • Are you looking for great career development opportunities?


The Team Manager Establishment for Whanganui is looking for a Veterinarian to join the team.


ANZCO Foods Eltham is a large bovine-only export slaughter and boning operation located in the Taranaki region. The premises processes both adult bovine and bobby calves and operates on two shifts throughout most of the year. At peak production during the bobby season the premises can operate up to seven days per week.


The current MPI Veterinary Service team on site consists of three veterinarians. The successful applicant may also be required to relieve at other premises within reasonable travel distance when the Eltham roster does not utilise all the veterinarians.


This position would be well suited to a veterinarian that is new to the export meat industry. The successful applicant will be joining a team of experienced veterinarians with a depth of knowledge of the industry and a keen interest in developing and mentoring new staff.


Taranaki is a family orientated, friendly region that is well serviced and within easy reach of popular recreational surf beaches and weekend holiday hotspots such as Opunake and Oakura. The region is home to Mount Taranaki, which offers a huge range of outdoor activities, from strolls through native forests and multi-day hikes, to river rafting and winter snow sports. When it's time for something a little less energetic, take a short drive to New Plymouth and you'll discover great local shopping, cafes, restaurants and award-winning festivals, museums and galleries.


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


About the Group and the Team: 

The role sits within the Establishment group of the Verification Services directorate. MPI Verification Services (MPI VS) provides a range of food safety and biosecurity verification and certification services to support market access strategies and setting standards.



Key Skills / Educational Requirements

  • A qualified and registered Veterinarian
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices associated with HACCP, Quality Assurance systems, Risk Management Systems
  • Verbal and written skills, verbal and analytical reasoning skills
  • Integrity and trust, ethics and values, resilience, adaptability and openness
  • Persuading and influencing, team work, 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


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, please contact Melissa Heaney, Recruitment Advisor for a confidential discussion at 04 894 0652 or email

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.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be immediately available for an interview within New Zealand or via Skype and be eligible to work in New Zealand.


Applications for this role will not be accepted after Sunday 3rd June.


The Ministry for Primary Industries is a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone's differences are valued and respected. We welcome enquires from everyone and value diversity in the workplace and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements. MPI is an employer of choice. 

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