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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Professional Consulting Veterinarian

Travel Required?:  Travel - 50% of time
Date:  Nov 26, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 154838 - North East, England, United Kingdom

Location: Based within the Northern United Kingdom

Travel: 50%, primarily within the North region but also occasionally to include the larger UK

Reporting to: Associate Manager, Professional & Veterinary Affairs


Why Work For Hill's Pet Nutrition:

  • The Hill's Pet Nutrition Values: To help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.

  • The learning & development opportunities: You will refine your commercial mind-set and continue to learn new skills working closely with a cross-functional team giving you exposure to all local market departments.

  • The challenge & variety: You will operate in a fast paced operational environment, directly impacting the day-to-day performance of the business, with personal accountability for your business.

  • The global experience: You will have the opportunity to work with global brands, participate in global strategies with potential to develop your career internationally.


Job Purpose

The PCV is a varied and flexible role providing both technical support to veterinary customers and commercial support to regional sales and marketing teams.

You will be responsible for helping drive veterinary nutrition growth through relationship building and influence of veterinary specialists, key thought leaders, healthcare teams and veterinary students, increasing awareness, recommendation and sales of Hill’s products.

You will ensure the highest levels of customer service and nutritional expertise in order to build trust and respect within the veterinary industry, delivering information on Hill’s products to specialists and other veterinary clinic accounts to drive their endorsement. 

The position serves as a technical liaison, consulting, coaching and training Territory Managers primarily in the North sales region, but occasionally to the wider UK and Ireland commercial team.


Main Responsibilities



  • Provide technical nutritional support to veterinary customers through telephone and digital support, including emails and professional-audience social media platforms, as part of the Hill’s Veterinary Consult Service, 1-2 days per week (with occasional increase to accommodate rota coverage). Time dedicated to this task may flex based on business needs and other personnel. The successful candidate for this role will be happy to accommodate more time spent in field activities when required.



  • In partnership with our customer development team, develop and grow relationships with key opportunity customers, including key thought leaders, referral centres, and corporate veterinary practices in region. Drive nutritional and brand awareness and engagement via core strategies including WSAVA’s 5VA elements and nutritional seminars to support commercial objectives.



  • Provide face to face and virtual coaching, training, support and mentoring to Territory Managers in the North sales region on technical nutritional skills, product knowledge, and veterinary practice development and relations. Participate in joint call days to veterinary practices and provide training for in-clinic seminar delivery.



  • Provide professional support to veterinary schools in North region, including seminars, virtual learning and engagement activities, and other ways to drive nutritional engagement and Hill’s brand awareness among future veterinary professionals. Recruit and manage the student reps in covered universities.

  • Provide professional support at regional veterinary meetings and congresses as requested by the (Associate) Veterinary Affairs Manager(s). 

  • Provide support in developing and checking technical accuracy of marketing and educational materials as requested by the (Associate) Veterinary Affairs Manager(s).

  • Deliver information on Hill’s products and services through excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.

  • Maintain the highest professional and ethical standards whilst representing the company.


Personal Attributes

  • Excellent English language communication skills (written, verbal and presentation) and ability to tailor key messages to audience 

  • Must be able to work independently, manage a demanding schedule with some irregular hours and manage travel within region to deliver internal and external customer visits/training; some overnight and weekend travel required

  • Proactive and creative - ability to make sound decisions under conditions of uncertainty or complexity; ability to generate new ideas and ways of working to drive business goals

  • Proficient in the use of digital tools, such as Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, as well as some proficiency with social media engagement



  • Planning/Priority Setting

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Consumer/Customer Focused

  • Relationship Building


Education & Experience

  • Graduate degree in veterinary medicine

  • RCVS registered and clinically competent

  • 3+ years of small animal clinical practice experience

  • Basic understanding of business terminology; good analytical skills

  • Strong work ethic; professional appearance and approach; high integrity

  • Self-motivated and highly competitive

  • Passion for pets and nutrition

  • Drive to grow and build the business, through direct key thought leader relationships and supporting the account base of the region’s sales team


Key Challenges

  • To identify and implement strategies for improving and promoting veterinary recommendation of dietetic and wellness nutrition in a time-poor veterinary workforce, where sales of nutritional products may not be seen as a priority. 

  • Juggling a highly varied workload, prioritising areas of most commercial importance, whilst being creative in providing time-saving solutions to ensure continued widespread support.

  • Pitching conversations, presentations and technical materials and information at an appropriate level, whilst effectively communicating Hill's evidence-based nutrition and research, maintaining engagement and professionalism, without disparaging competitor products.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets!  At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. 

HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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