Registrar / Chief Executive Officer

Dublin, Leinster
Remuneration will reflect the seniority of the position.
25 October 2018
15 November 2018
Position / level
Contract Type
Fixed term contract
Full Time


The Organisation

The Veterinary Council of Ireland (the VCI) is the statutory body set up under the Veterinary Practice Act 2005 and it is under the aegis of the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The principal function of the VCI is to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in the

Republic of Ireland, in the public interest and in the interest of animal welfare and veterinary public health. The VCI ensures that all registered persons meet the necessary standards in terms of competency, education and skills to perform their duties properly as per the prescribed codes of professional conduct and ethics and in accordance with legislative requirements.

The Role

The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer will manage the administration and business of the Council and shall also perform other functions as may be determined by the Council. The appointed person will be responsible for implementing the decisions of the Council and for delivering on legislative requirements and statutory responsibilities, as set out in the Veterinary Practice Act 2005.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Council to provide strategic leadership, direction and stewardship across all elements of the organisation. Building on a clear vision for the VCI, the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the delivery of long-term goals, ensuring the effectiveness of the Council in all areas including governance, statutory, procedural and legal matters.

The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer will also have responsibility for the maintenance of the registers of Veterinary Practitioners, Veterinary Nurses and Certificates of Suitability for practice premises. Additional responsibilities will include Education & Continuing Professional Development, presentation of evidence in Fitness to Practise enquiries and External Communications.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of the relevant Irish, EU and international regulatory frameworks
  • Significant understanding of best practice governance frameworks
  • Exemplary Team Leadership, Interpersonal and Communication skills
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent, in a relevant discipline
  • An understanding of Veterinary Practice, or an equivalent area, is desirable but not essential.

Lansdowne Executive Search has been retained by the VCI to manage this recruitment process.

The remuneration package offered will reflect the seniority of the position. To pursue your interest, please email a comprehensive CV and supporting letter to:

Luke Freeley, Partner, Lansdowne Executive Search.


For a confidential discussion, please contact Luke Freeley at

+353 (0)1 534 5115.

Closing Date for receipt of applications is Thursday, 15th November 2018.

Candidates for this role will be sourced through both advertising and executive search processes.

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