*During first year of employment only
  • Education: Veterinary degree
  • Ability to obtain RCVS registration
  • Experience: Not mandatory, training can be provided
  • English: Good level of English
  • Driving licence: B category, mandatory
  • As a TB tester, you’ll work delivering DEFRA requirements for all cattle to be tested regularly using a skin test.
  • Any actions that you recommend must be implemented immediately.
  • This is a very important role, as you’ll be responsible for implementing controls over TB in cattle which is a major problem in certain parts of the UK.
  • This job has many benefits – it keeps you fit, getting to spend time with hard working, entertaining farmers and spending plenty of time in the great outdoors.

The situation will vary from farm to farm but the process is always:

  • Day 1 of the test involves injecting a tiny amount of avian and bovine tuberculin into the skin on the side of the animal’s neck, after clipping the hair and measuring the skin thickness.
  • Day 2 of the test (3-days later), is reading day. The same neck area is checked for reactions and the skin is re-measured and any lumps found over a certain size make the animal a reactor.
  • You’ll be expected to be able to deal with people, mainly farmers and DEFRA stakeholders; this means someone who is an effective and confident communicator, able to build good working relationships and sort out issues as they arise.
  • You’ll need to be able to write up reports and understand issues so that you can 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 knowledge of the farming 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 meet a deadline; also, you may have to work outside normal working hours to suit the farmer.
  • You can expect to spend some time travelling around from one test to the next so a driving license is essential.
  • You’ll have to be physically fit and the weather conditions can be variable plus you’ll be expected to wear protective clothing.
  • This is a job for anyone who loves fresh air, meeting interesting people and working closely with live animals on farm.