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Ruminant Advisor

Position Overview

A ruminant advisor, also known as a ruminant veterinary advisor or a technical ruminant advisor, provides technical advice to livestock farmers, the sales team, and marketers. Individuals in this role should have veterinary experience so that they have a background knowledge on animal welfare, health, and productivity. Ruminant advisors help marketers develop effective strategies in order to promote their products in an appropriate and meaningful way. They also provide insights for improvements or changes that could be made to the company's offerings in order to better meet the needs of customers. Individuals in this role should have good communication skills as a significant part of the job is advising farmers and veterinary surgeons on ruminant health products and services. They may train teams within the company on animal welfare and veterinary matters. While various aspects of the job have been outlined, ruminant advisors can expect to spend about half their time providing technical support. They often travel while on the job, going to different farms to speak with customers.

Ruminant Advisor Duties

  • Provide technical support to customers
  • Train employees on animal welfare
  • Provide marketing support
  • Advise marketers on effective strategies to use for promotion
  • Encourage sale of product/service
  • Travel to farms to meet with farmers
  • Give advice to maximize animal productivity and animal health

Typical Employers

  • Animal health companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Veterinarians
  • Ruminant farms
  • Feed companies

Required Education and Training

To be a ruminant advisor in the United Kingdom, you should have a veterinary degree. Additionally, most employers require you to be a member of the RCVS. As such, candidates should also be knowledgeable regarding the struggles as well as the opportunities that ruminant veterinarians and farmers face. Someone who has experience with project management, budget control, technical support, and presenting would be beneficial.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Good decision-making skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Understanding of animal welfare
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to multitask and manage time effectively
  • Strong prioritization skills
  • Strength in handling confidential information
  • An eye for business opportunities
  • Enthusiastic and energetic
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Attention to detail

Average Salary

The average salary for a ruminant advisor is £40,000, depending on level of experience and the employer.