Ministry for Primary Industries

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  • Sectors Government / Official , Large / Farm Animal , Public Health
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  • Flexible work environment We can offer you a structured working week through rostered shifts
  • Support for global candidates/visas Yes
  • Remote/work from home No
  • Benefits Yes
  • Company overview

    Organisational Background:

    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) partners with New Zealand’s primary sector to be the world’s most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products.

    We’re passionate about growing prosperity in the sector while ensuring respect for Kaitiaki – guardianship of our natural resources.  Our role includes seizing export opportunities for our food and fibre sector, improving sector productivity, ensuring the food we produce is safe, increasing sustainable resource use, and protecting New Zealand from biological risk.

    Veterinarians play a big part in the work MPI does within New Zealand and across the global market so we’re passionate about finding skilled professionals in helping us achieve these goals.

    MPI is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest employer of veterinarians. We have more than 300 vets working for us around the country and overseas. Our veterinarians provide valuable technical expertise and are recognised as trusted advisers at MPI, and in the wider public service.

    As a veterinarian in MPI’s Verification Services team, you’ll have the opportunity to work on diverse and challenging projects in a wide range of areas.  These include verification services, biosecurity, market access and animal welfare. Whether you’re an early career vet or have a broad portfolio of both technical and non-technical experience, there’s a place for you at MPI. 

    Verification Services:

    At Verification Services, our core purpose is to deliver independent, cost-effective, and high-quality verification, certification, inspection, and clearance programmes that meet all regulatory requirements. We’re committed to providing a range of food safety and biosecurity verification and certification services to at least 2,000 processing companies across New Zealand, including our meat, seafood, game, and dairy industries.

    Export meat is a significant area of focus for MPI Verification Services, accounting for 80 percent of our activities. We work on farms, in abattoirs, meat and fish packhouses, cold storage facilities, and other specialised premises processing animal products.


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    We’re looking for skilled veterinarians to fill a range of roles across New Zealand, from Northland to Southland and everywhere in between.

    As an MPI veterinarian, you’ll have the opportunity to work on diverse and challenging projects in the food safety and biosecurity sectors, making a real difference to the safety and quality of our agricultural products.

    These roles are varied, with key duties like verifying the right procedures are being followed, providing certification for animal meat exports, maintaining knowledge within the farming communities and ensuring that animal welfare is being maintained.


  • Company values

    As we deliver our vision of New Zealand being the world’s most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products, our values are important to all of us no matter which part of MPI we work in, or what role we have. Our values are the foundation for how we work together – they guide our decisions and behaviour.


    Respect – At MPI we support each other, value each other, and recognise the work that we all do.

    Connect – By forging strong relationships across MPI and with our partner organisations, we strengthen our ability to achieve our vision.

    Trust – We work at our best when we have clear parameters and autonomy to act within them.

    Deliver – We are clear about what we need to do to achieve our vision.

  • What makes your organization a great place to work?

    Our People: There are around 3,800 people working for MPI, we are a diverse and multi-location team with a vision to make New Zealand the world’s most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products.


    We can offer you a structured working week where you get paid overtime after working 40 hours and after-hours compensation, including shift allowance and penal rates if applicable. Work hours are typically Monday – Friday, with some weekend hours during peak seasons.

    We also provide additional benefits including:

    • Membership of the New Zealand Veterinary Association or appropriate alternative
    • Annual payment for the annual practicing certificate
    • Wellness benefit for employees
    • Reduced premiums for Group Healthcare Schemes
    • Relocation assistance will be considered for successful applicants.


    “I’ve seen how exceptionally hard working the farming community is so to be able to help them out with this role is quite satisfying…also knowing that you’re helping the country achieve their goals in order to maintain the reputation as the exporter of primary produce, that again is great.” – Jagdeep

    “Before this role, I had 14 years out of my veterinary career for parenting..and thought that maybe veterinary was done for me, but MPI has provided an avenue for getting back to your veterinary career. I love the variety, I love my colleagues..the hours work around family life. It’s shift work so you know exactly when you’re going to work and so you can plan your family around those hours.” – Lyn

  • Describe an ideal employee at your organization

    We are seeking veterinarians who excel at building relationships with people and share our passion for supporting the success of New Zealand’s primary sector.

    As a member of the Verification Services team, you’ll collaborate with a diverse group of individuals from both within MPI and businesses across Aotearoa New Zealand. We value individuals who embody integrity, trust, ethics and values, resilience, adaptability, and openness.

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