*During first year of employment only

Meat hygiene inspection is of crucial importance in protecting public health and ensuring animal welfare. Career progression possibilities include official veterinarian work, imports and exports in the UK. Welcoming applications from UK residents and people with an EU passport who meet the following entry-level requirements, we help overseas Meat Hygiene Inspectors settle into the UK by arranging their accommodation and a bank account here. An excellent package includes competitive negotiable salary, depending on experience, company car, phone, laptop, training and support.

  • Education: Degree in one of the following areas of study: Animal Science and Technology, Food Biotechnology, Food Safety for Manufacturing, Food Science Engineer, Food Science Technician, Safety and Quality in Animal Production, Veterinary Biotechnologies, Veterinary technician and Zoo-technician
  • Experience: no experience necessary, training will be provided
  • English: Intermediate level of English
  • Driving license: B category mandatory
  • As a Meat Hygiene Inspector, you’ll work in a slaughterhouse or meat processing plant and ensure that all meat is being produced safely and in accordance with relevant laws.
  • You’ll help the OV check that live animals and poultry are all healthy and inspect carcasses to make sure that no nasty diseases are present.
  • Any actions that you recommend must be implemented immediately.
  • This is a very important role, as you’ll be responsible for the safety of the public who purchase meat products.

Your tasks will likely vary from day to day but will include the following:

  • Assist the OV in purely practical tasks as defined in the MOC
  • Verify that animals are properly identified and take any necessary actions
  • Verify animal welfare activity including plant specific action plans and undertaking Animal Welfare checks at the required frequency as part of the Animal Welfare Action Plan.
  • Carry out post-mortem inspection for detection of abnormalities of all carcases and offal presented.
  • Identify and detain uncommon conditions for further inspection by the OV and Emergency slaughtered animals.
  • Apply the health mark in accordance with the legislation.
  • Verify the FBO application of the identification mark.
  • Correctly collect and despatch samples for disease, conditions and residue purposes.
  • You’ll be expected to be able to deal with slaughterhouse staff and other inspectors; this means someone who is a good communicator able to build effective working relationships and sort out issues as they arise.
  • You’ll need to be able to understand legislative issues so that you can help make effective decisions when required.
  • Difficult situations will arise occasionally as part of the job and you’ll need to be the sort of person with the necessary diplomatic and communication skills to sort these out.
  • And you’ll need to have a comprehensive knowledge of the meat processing sector.
  • You can expect to work between 37 and 40 hours per week from Monday to Friday but this can vary, and overtime might be required to align with the plant hours or as the result of a breakdown; also, you may have to work outside normal working hours if you’re visiting a slaughterhouse or processor.
  • You can expect to spend some time travelling around from one inspection to the next so a driving license and access to transport is useful; conversely, if you’re inspecting on the production line you can expect to be standing in one place for a while.
  • You’ll have to be physically fit to be able to work with heavy meat carcasses; and sometimes the working conditions might be hot or cold, and you’ll be expected to wear protective clothing such as boots, hats and overalls.
  • This is not a job for anyone who doesn’t like strong smells and a noisy environment!

Job Description

Frequently Asked Questions

Sending your CV:
After you have sent your CV to our recruitment department (recruitment@eandj.co.uk) and it
meets our requirements, we will contact you with more information about the position you have
applied for. Please make sure to check your email inbox (including your spam folder) regularly to
keep track of our emails, especially the acceptance of our privacy policy (GDPR) for us to be able
to process your personal data.

English assessment:
Before we schedule a Skype interview, we need to make sure your level of English is appropriate,
therefore we have designed an internal English assessment test which you will need to take.
If you pass the test, we will move ahead with the recruitment process and schedule you for a
Skype interview.

After you have passed the English test, we will arrange a formal interview, which is usually done
via Skype with one of our recruiters. The interview will last around 30 to 45 minutes depending
on the questions asked, during which time we will aim to give you all the information you need
to make your decision, as well as it being an opportunity to get to know you better so we can
give you the best possible professional advice.

Outcome of the Interview:
We will inform you about the outcome of the interview as soon as possible, in fact you can
expect to be told during the formal interview if you are successful or not. We understand that
it is better for you to know the outcome straightaway and we will aim to tell you immediately
whenever this is possible. However, it is sometimes necessary to confirm other information first
(such as your location or availability to work) and in these cases there can be a short delay in
letting you know the outcome of your interview.

Document collection:
If you are successful, as part of the recruitment process you will need to send us a copy of
certain documents. Please make sure to produce good quality copies/scans in order to avoid
any delay to your application.

Online training:
As soon as we have compiled all the documents required, we will register you to use our Online
Training Platform so that you can access the relevant courses that you need to complete. The
online theoretical training can be done on a full-time or part-time basis. If you choose to do
it full-time (5 days per week, 8 hours per day), it will take approximately 6 weeks to complete.
These courses must be completed BEFORE you start the practical training in the UK.

Establishing the arrival details:
During your formal interview we will discuss a provisional arrival date in the UK. As soon as you
have confirmed your arrival date, we will provisionally book your accommodation in the Leeds
area, making the final arrangements shortly before your arrival. Once again, please always check
your email inbox because all the necessary information will be sent to you via email.

Leeds office induction:
The final step, before your practical training takes place in the field, is to meet you in person at
our Office Induction course. Here you will be welcomed by our Eville & Jones team who will
guide you through the next steps of your training and your first days at work.

Practical training in the UK:
The practical training in the UK will be 10 weeks long. It will start as soon as your office
induction finishes, and it will take place, ideally, at the plant(s) where you will be based. Please
bear in mind that you will need to drive from our headquarters in Leeds to the area you will be
informed about during your induction. From here our operations team will take over and they
will guide you through your practical training and the steps you need to take afterwards.

In order for us to be able to register you with the Food and Drinks Qualification (FDQ) for the MHI training you need to provide the following:

  • Diploma/qualification in one of the following: Animal sciences and Technology practices, Food
    Biotechnology practices, Food Safety for Manufacturing practices, Food Sciences Engineer, Food Science
    Technician, Safety and Quality in Animal Production practices, Veterinary Bio-technologies practices,
    Veterinary Technician, Zoo-technician or a proof of work in meat inspection in the UK
  • Proof of citizenship of a European Community country (EU passport copy – EU National Identity Card)
  • Driving licence
  • Passport picture
  • EU or international driving licence
  • In some cases, we might require the academic records from the University that you have graduated from

FDQ Is the leading awarding organisation, specialising in work-based qualifications for the food and drink industry.  Approved and regulated by the national qualifications regulator in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it has powers to develop and award vocational qualifications.

These qualifications meet the skills needs of those who work in the food and drink industry and its supply chain.  EU regulations require those who work in meat inspection to be suitably qualified. The qualifications offered by FDQ cover the handling and inspection of poultry and red meats in many species, including broilers and hens, ducks and geese, non-hunted game, turkeys, sheep and goats, pigs, cattle and lagomorphs.

One of the main requirements to be able to register you with the FDQ is that you have a diploma, or a background
which you can prove, in the following:

  • Animal sciences and Technology practices
  • Food Biotechnology, Food Safety for Manufacturing practices
  • Food Sciences Engineer
  • Food Science Technician
  • Safety and Quality in Animal Production practices
  • Veterinary Bio-technologies practices
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Zoo-technician
  • Proof of work in meat inspection or food processing in the UK

For more information about the FDQ please visit their website at: http://www.fdq.org.uk/

The best way to tell if your level of English is high enough, is if you pass our online English assessment.
Before we schedule the Skype/face-to-face interview, we will give you access to our e-learning platform for the assessment. The English assessment consists of 25 questions that test your English understanding and reading skills, and it will take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. You will need to correctly answer at least 13 questions out of 25 in order to pass the assessment.

After passing the English assessment, we will schedule a Skype interview where we will also check your English speaking and listening skills. The interview consists of friendly questions and you must be able to interpret the language and respond appropriately in order to participate in the conversation.

Before starting your practical training in the UK, you will have to complete the FDQ Level 4 Diploma for
Proficiency in Meat Inspection theoretical training. It is available anytime, anywhere, allowing you to complete it at your convenience.

You will need access to the internet and a laptop or PC with a web camera for this. We are aware that everyone needs a different amount of time to absorb and process information, and with our online learning you will be able to take things at your own pace, this is why we are able to offer you the following 2 options:

Full-time online training – which can be completed in 6 weeks if you study 5 days per week, 8 hours per day.


Part-time online training:
which can be completed in 12 weeks if you study 5 days per week, 4 hours per day. Usually this
is preferred by people who have a full-time job, as it allows them to continue working while they
do the online training


Please note that if you choose full-time training, you will receive financial compensation of £420 once you
start the practical training in the UK. Compensation is not, however, available for those completing the
training in more than 6 weeks.


The FDQ Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection assessment course consists of 15 theoretical modules including: Ante-mortem Inspection, Animal Welfare, Anatomy, Microbiology, Parasitology, Post-mortem Inspection for all species, and other modules. This training Programme includes additional activities such as the safe use of knife skills and master classes in non-hunted birds, horses, and large game.

Before arriving in the UK for practical training, you must complete the MHI Administrative Online Induction. This is a short online course for those candidates who are soon to begin working for Eville & Jones. This course will assist you in understanding Eville & Jones as a company, as well as its procedures and policies. It will guide you in taking the next practical steps towards becoming a Meat Hygiene Inspector, and you will learn about the equipment that you will be provided with, cars, taxes, salary, etc. The average amount of time to complete this course is 16 hours.

A tutor will be assigned to you, to guide you during this time. You will have their email address and telephone number to clarify any uncertainties or answer any questions that you may have during your training period. Upon your arrival in our Leeds office, a full induction training day will take place and the final arrangements for your practical training will be organised.

Practical Training in the UK:

The practical training will be arranged in the region where your base plant will be. This may be anywhere in England or Wales and, as such, you must be prepared to potentially travel a long distance from Leeds.

The total period of the practical assessment is 10 weeks, as the FDQ requires a total of 400 hours of practical training in post-mortem duties in all species from every trainee, before they can obtain the final qualification.  You will, again, during this time be assigned a coach/tutor to help answer your questions and guide you throughout the process.

Certification obtained after the theoretical and practical training period is finished:

Upon successful completion of the course, the following certificates will be issued by FDQ:

  • Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Poultry Meat Inspection
  • Level 2 Award in Principles of the Safe Use of Knives in Meat Inspection
  • Level 4 Diploma for Proficiency in Meat Inspection


Please note that you will be provided with a PDF copy of the FDQ certificates once they have been issued. The certificates will be held by the company until you complete your 1st year of employment with Eville & Jones.

If you choose to cover the costs of training yourself, you will have immediate access to the certificates