CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE
ALLIED TRADES AND PROFESSIONS
The animal health industry forms a backbone to pig production, with good health and welfare often mirrored by good production. The sector comprises many areas of activity and therefore presents a wide range of career opportunities for individuals with varying levels of experience and qualifications. The scope for expanding an initial job interest into other areas of the animal health industry are wide and varied.
The sector includes pharmaceutical manufacturers, animal health supply companies, research and development bodies and veterinary practices and professionals. However within each of these individual businesses the variety of roles are numerous. They are all involved with and service the pig producer from large integrated pig production businesses through to the smaller family farms.
These are truly global businesses responsible for the manufacture and deliverance of high quality, highly regulated finished pharmaceutical products for use in the treatment and control of pig health. Within these companies the opportunities exist in research and development, marketing, sales, purchasing, technical support, regulatory services, manufacturing as well as the central functions such as human resource and finance. These functions all serve to deliver the finished product to the pig producer at farm level. The type of products supplied to the farmer include vaccines, antibiotics, hormones, anthelmintics to name a few. They require a strong technical input at all levels but also creativity in a highly competitive market place.
The manufacturing process itself takes place in sophisticated plants involving computerised process technology in a highly controlled environment in terms of hygiene and meeting rigorous quality standards. These companies will have offices in many European countries as well as offices worldwide so career opportunities can be far reaching.
These businesses have a direct interface with the pig producer being a monitor of farm assurance which compromises the majority of UK pig production. However the role of the veterinary surgeon on the pig farm is far wider. They construct health plans, monitor and measure pig performance, devise preventative health programmes, treat poor health as well as many other functions for the pig producer direct and also with wider industry bodies such as BPEX and NPA.
The technical input provided by the veterinary practice is key to optimising physical performance and therefore financial output. Working closely with the pharmaceutical manufacturers they see and ensure responsible use of medicines on the farm ensuring appropriate products are used in the right way at the right time.
Within the veterinary business opportunities apply from veterinary surgeon, animal technician, nursing, secretarial support and medicine dispensary.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Opportunities exist here with bodies that are involved with product evaluation, production evaluation and are based in both private and public research facilities. The involvement is from trial monitoring, result compilation and delivery and lab based research. It is a vital function within the pig industry to ensure that pig production businesses are served with a long term and sustainable future by provision of products and techniques that deliver long term good health and welfare.
There are many other businesses that deliver components of good health from the supply of health products, both wholesale and direct to farm, straightforward health and welfare advice and many others. The animal health industry also integrates very closely with other industry sectors such as feed, building and marketing as the effect and delivery of good health is intricately woven with the products and systems that these industries deliver to the pig producer.
All the above industries provide both private and industry supported training packages that equip individuals with the skills required to be successful in this exciting and challenging industry sector.
The rewards for successful people in this important part of the industry supply chain are far reaching and leads to opportunities in both the domestic and global market.
The need for maintenance of good and improvement of pig health is underlined in industry wide initiatives such as the National Pig Health Improvement project, Welfare Outcomes project as well as those being driven by private companies.
The roles and opportunities are wide in varied in a wide variety of business types but the goal of good health remains a common aim. To find out more about how some individuals have progressed in the animal health industry please follow the links attached.
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