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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Department hiring veterinary inspectors with starting salaries of €58k

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is hiring veterinary inspectors nationwide.

It is seeking applications from candidates that hold a qualification in veterinary medicine, which is eligible for registration with the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI).

Candidates, the job listing states, should have demonstrated experience in dealing with the public.

Furthermore, they should have good customer skills and experience of working collaboratively and as part of a team.

In addition, successful candidates must be entered on the Register of Veterinary Practitioners held by the VCI, before being offered a position.

They must also have a current full driving licence and access to a vehicle for their own use. A panel will be formed from which vacancies may be filled in regional locations.

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The DAFM states:

“Veterinary inspectors in DAFM provide critical skills and expertise in the areas of animal health and welfare, veterinary public health and food safety.”

“They play a critical role in protecting the human food and animal feed chains and safeguarding the health and welfare of the national herd.”

“They operate as part of and work within, a broader DAFM multi-disciplinary team. The purpose is to promote, support and optimise animal-based production in Ireland.“


Posts may be located in any one of nineteen locations throughout the country. Candidates may select up to two locations in which they would be willing to serve. According to the job listing, certain posts may involve a shift work pattern.

Hours of attendance will be as fixed from time to time. At present, they amount to 43 hours, 15 minutes gross per week (37 hours net of breaks).

Furthermore, the annual leave allowance will be 27 days rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service.


Pay The salary scale for this position, with effect from July 1st, 2021 is as follows: €58,759, €62,847, €65,170, €67,698, €71,383, €74,122, €76,860, €79,597, €82,332, €85,067, €87,805, €90,539, €95,996 (NMAX), €99,056 (LSI1), €102,102 (LSI2).

More information

Find out what the roles will entail, along with other entry requirements and how to apply by viewing the full job post.

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