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Work as a veterinarian at the CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)'s veterinarians play an important role in Canadian food safety and animal health. Their work enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy. They deliver science-based regulatory services to safeguard Canada's food, animals and plants and support continued market access.

We're hiring!

Our veterinarians are part of the first line of defense against the spread of many diseases - ensuring the health and safety of Canadians.

Veterinarians joining the CFIA belong to the Veterinary Medicine (VM) occupational group. We're hiring at the VM-01 level for Meat Hygiene and Animal Health positions in various locations across Canada.

Are you ready to make a change?

Why you should join the CFIA as a veterinarian

If you are looking for work life balance, we offer structured work hours for flexible work-life balance.

The CFIA has great benefits, such as:

Paid vacation and overtime for our veterinarians include:

You will also benefit from:

Learn more about our current veterinary staff

Veterinarians working at the CFIA have the opportunity to become involved in the One Health initiative and work with multidisciplinary partners on a unified approach to global health threats. One Health recognizes that the health of people, animals, plants, and the environment are linked, and common threats should be addressed with a collaborative and integrated approach. Apply now and you can join our veterinary community of practice to advance One Health at the CFIA.

Read the stories of veterinarians who are currently working at the CFIA:

We celebrate diversity

When you join the CFIA, you become part of our vision for equity, diversity and inclusion. The CFIA is creating an inclusive workplace free from barriers, racism, harassment, and discrimination, supported by all employees.

We believe that a diverse workforce is about more than visible differences; it's about creating a rich and creative pool of talent that can take the agency – and its employees – to new levels of success by blending:

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

Contact our veterinary recruitment team

Our veterinary recruitment team is here to answer questions you may have about this exciting career opportunity and can be reached by email at


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