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Research Officer - Veterinary Herd Health Scientist

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Job Title:

Veterinary Herd Health Scientist (Research Officer) (Permanent) (Ref: 284)

Basic Function:

To develop, lead and implement an integrated dairy herd health programme on non-regulated diseases with particular emphasis on:

Benchmarking the occurrence of infectious diseases in Irish dairy herds.

Role of biosecurity, vaccination and diagnostics.

Development of on farm herd health protocols in line with the ‘One Health’ approach.

Epidemiological & economics of non-regulated infectious diseases.


The dairy industry is a major contributor to the value of Ireland’s agri-food sector.

For example, dairy accounted for approximately 40% of agri-food exports in 2020 generating approximately €5.2 billion.

Teagasc plays a key role in developing competitive, profitable and sustainable systems of dairy production.

This position will be a key appointment for Teagasc with national significance in developing superior animal health and welfare to enhance the profitability and sustainability of individual dairy farms; the profitability of the food processing industry and the quality image and competitiveness of Irish dairy products in the marketplace.

Person Specification


Candidates must have a QQI honours Level 8 degree in veterinary science/animal science or other related discipline or a related discipline.
A PhD degree in a relevant discipline

Note: While a PhD is an essential requirement for this post, equivalent research experience may be deemed acceptable solely at the discretion of the Director of Teagasc


- Relevant technical veterinary experience
- Post-graduate experience in herd health research.

A more detailed job description can be accessed on

Applications should be made on-line through

The completed application documents must be forwarded so as to reach the Public Appointments Service no later than 12:00 noon, Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

Status: Researcher
Location: Cork, IRELAND
Remuneration: 34650 - 67400 Euro/year
Advert Published: 2 Jun 2021
Expiry date: 30 Jun 2021
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