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Veterinary sales representatives must sell their products to a highly focused niche group of customers – Veterinary Surgeons (Vets), Nurses and associated Practice Staff. In the UK, there are approximately 20,000 Veterinary Surgeons, employed in a variety of roles, including:

  • general practice
  • teaching
  • research organisations and various Government Services i.e. the Department of Health, the Food Standards Agency, DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the Department of Agriculture.

What the role will entail

You will spend a lot of your time on the road visiting these locations, but gaining appointments is generally easier than most other pharmaceutical or healthcare sales jobs. Vets are very interested in clinical evidence and often like to see supporting data, so you will need to be good at analysing and interpreting figures in order to decide what sort of evidence you should present in different situations. If this sounds like you then send us your CV today and we will get in touch.

Useful skills

The veterinary sales market is  very competitive  and you will need a number of core skills to succeed:

  • Great Negotiation Skills – unlike most pharmaceutical representatives, veterinary reps have considerable autonomy and are able to agree their own pricing and deals
  • Quick Thinking – you have to be able to quickly identify key services provided within a practice in order to select which products to focus on
  • High levels of technical expertise

There are, however, no ABPI code requirements or constraints for this type of role.

Who would be considered?

There are a number of different backgrounds that could lead you towards this type of role:

  • Existing veterinary sales executive
  • Medical or Pharmaceutical sales executives with the genuine desire to succeed in a new Market.
  • Candidates with a 2.2 or above degree in an animal based subject or qualified veterinary nurses educated to degree level. (see our graduate medical sales jobs page for more information about graduate roles)

Get in touch with Advance Recruitment

This sector is a niche and highly competitive sales environment, demanding the highest levels of both technical and sales competence. For the latest UK veterinary sales jobs please search using the form at the top of the page.

As specialists in recruiting for this field, we aim to help employers in the industry find the best possible employees for their roles, while also aiming to help candidates to find roles that will suit them.

We would be delighted to discuss your current job situation in more detail – just send us your CV and we will get back to you.


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