Working for APHA

Details of working for APHA, along with current vacancies and study opportunities, and information on how to apply.


Our current vacancies are advertised on Civil Service jobs website.

Ways of working

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is an equal opportunities employer. Our policy is to provide equal opportunities in employment, career development and promotion.

All posts in the agency are open to UK nationals, Commonwealth citizens, EEA nationals and certain members of their families who are non-EEA nationals, and British Protected Persons.

You can apply for any job in the Civil Service as long as you are a UK national or have dual nationality with one part being British. In addition, about 75% of Civil Service posts are open to Commonwealth citizens and nationals of any of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA). The remainder, which require special allegiance to the state, are reserved for UK nationals.

Civil Service Code

We are guided by the principles in the Civil Service Code, including:

  • working professionally and with integrity
  • being open and honest with our colleagues and the public
  • being objective and basing our decisions on evidence so that the latest science feeds into policy-making
  • making sure our work is impartial

Extra mural study placements for veterinary students

Veterinary students in the 4th year or above of their studies can apply for an extra mural study (EMS) placement at APHA.

To express an interest, please email for an application form to confirm your preferred location and dates.

Your request will be considered in line with available dates and APHA locations.

Other veterinary students outside of this criteria can also request a placement via this process. However, these requests will be considered separately depending on the circumstances.

Further education courses

We work jointly with universities to provide further education courses, including: