The Bright Leaf recruitment team has over 15 years' experience in veterinary recruitment, helping match veterinary staff with employers quickly and efficiently. Director Richard Powell has over 10 years' experience in veterinary recruitment himself, as well as a background in business development, staff management, direct sales and retail.
Working with many independent veterinary practices across the UK, Bright Leaf also provides services for a number of well-known national organisations in the veterinary practice sector. These include the RSPCA, Village Vet, Vets4Pets, Medivet, Companion Care and Goddards.
Within the commercial and academic sectors we also work closely with Nestle Purina, Bayer, The College of Animal Welfare, The College of West Anglia and Askham Bryan College.
After a ten-year career with department store group, House of Fraser I made the transition to the veterinary business back in 2005. Working as Partner Recruitment Manager for Vets4Pets, I was solely responsible for recruiting new vets to open new practices. Between 2005 and 2010 I helped the group double in size. Motivated by the success of the vets I’ve worked with and the management team at Vets4Pets I took the leap to realise my dream of running my own business. Our relationship was great and to this day I still carry out work for people I first met over a decade ago.
I really believe that we have a great team here at Bright Leaf and still enjoy coming in to work every single day.
As part of the original set up team for Bright Leaf in 2010 I have recently taken more of an administrative role in the business. I now audit and maintain accurate files for both candidates and clients and look after customer service and credit control.
Prior to Bright Leaf Recruitment I had extensive experience gained in Sales, Insurance, Customer Service and have worked for a large project management company. I also owned and ran another successful business which was sold in 2009 to provide the seed funding for Bright Leaf Recruitment.
Outside work I like to go walking with the family, eat out and I enjoy gardening.
I’ve known Richard for many years so, when in 2014 I left a career in media, I decided on a change of direction and in early 2015 I joined Richard in Bright Leaf.
I’ve always had an interest in animal care and with a distant background working at the RSPCA, it’s something that ties in well with my life. I’ve always been a people person, and I love developing a relationship with candidates and clients. The idea that I can play a part in finding the right person for the job is extremely satisfying.
Shortly after joining the team, my husband Andy and myself welcomed a new member to the family in the form of a whippet puppy called Dita. She regularly comes to the office with me and firmly has her feet under the table. We also have a royal python called Manasa (she doesn’t come to work).
Apart from looking after the creatures, my social life involves walking, skiing and travelling around the UK and Europe in our motorhome ‘Norbert’.
I joined Bright Leaf Recruitment in March 2015 and looked after the Locum bookings for the first 2 years before moving over to permanent recruitment in April 2017. I still look after locum bookings but focus most of my time on permanent placements now. I thoroughly enjoy speaking with candidates and clients and helping them to find their ideal match in the veterinary industry.
Outside of work my 2 young daughters and husband keep me busy and when we’re not running the girls to swimming lessons or gymnastic clubs we enjoy family days out and weekends away.
Myself and my husband also like to get involved in charity events for our local Hospice and as the girls get older they also want to get more involved in events such as the annual Colour Run and Midnight Walk.
I currently work part time (Mon-Fri 9-1pm) whilst my daughters are at school, however as they get older and more independent, I hope to increase my working hours as it’s such a rewarding job and a fantastic place to work.
I have been with Bright Leaf Recruitment since 2010 when I was a pup. As I am now a little more senior relative to the rest of the team, my responsibilities have been reduced. I am now responsible scaring delivery guys with my gruff bark and ensuring the floor is regularly quality checked for sleepability.
I joined Bright Leaf Recruitment in 2015. Being a bit more ladylike than Coco, I don’t bark quite as gruffly as her. I enjoy sleeping and sniffing around in people’s bags just in case there may be a stray tasty morsel. I also have a very “aromatic” hidden talent which, being a lady, I can’t really talk about…
I don’t work at Bright Leaf, I’m just a regular visitor. So regular, I made it onto the team page. I discovered a long time ago that if I bark at the Bright Leaf door, it opens. Then, if I hunt out Richard, he feeds me treats. I love it. However, I am getting a little podgy around the midriff as a result!
My new grad has accepted the job. I must say a huge thank you, you are the most proactive recruiter that I deal with!!! I'm sure I'll be in touch again in the future! Best wishes.
A massive thank you to Richard for finding Urban Paws animal agency a vet, last minute, short notice on a Friday night. Very professional, and clearly maintains excellent relationships with clients and candidates. A great recruitment experience, would highly recommend and use again for the agency. Thank you so much.
I have worked with Bright Leaf Recruitment for five years now and see them as a true partner, not a supplier. Richard and his team understand my business, the sort of people I need and they always endeavour to match my needs. The team are happy to go the extra mile and are often available day, night, weekends and bank holidays. They have a no nonsense approach to their service and in my experience, no other agency share their passion and enthusiasm.
Please thank Julie for her professionalism and tenacity with getting me the right candidate. She is amazing in fact the service your company gives is outstanding.
May I just thank you for the excellent, proactive and professional service that you’ve provided, and I hope to be able to successfully use Brightleaf at some future point.
I can't recommend Bright Leaf highly enough. Julie has been always professional, efficient and ready to go the extra mile. As a new graduate, I was afraid that no one would consider me as a suitable candidate, but she found me a bunch of clinics that were actually interested in hiring me. Julie's magic! I want to thank her again for her amazing job and support, very well done!
I would like to thank Julie for finding me an excellent job. She was very professional, helpful and efficient. As a new graduate she made what I thought to be a very difficult task much easier. Thank you for all your help! I can’t thank you enough
I would like to thank Richard and Julie. They have been very professional, efficient and very reactive. I found a great job in only one day along with their help and their top notch.
I highly recommend this amazing team and their services.
I cannot recommend Bright Leaf highly enough. Richard is always willing to go that extra mile for you, can arrange interviews at the drop of a hat, and clearly maintains excellent relationships with clients and candidates. A great recruitment experience!
A big thank you to Richard for all of the help provided! Very approachable and has great advice regarding interviews, it has been a great experience so far so thank you :)
Louise has helped me to go through all the steps in finding a job. She is very prompt, she has answers for every question and really good advice. She gave me all the details about the jobs and managed to find me suitable jobs really fast. Beside this, she was extremely helpful with my interviews travel plans, scheduling everything in a perfect manner. With her help everything seemed really easy, even for a new graduate. I would totally recommend Louise and Bright Leaf!
I would like to take this opportunity and thank you for all the help and support you showed me! It means a lot to me!
Steph and Julie have been amazing at finding me the perfect place. Not the right, but perfect place. They are both very professional and at the same time friendly. I got my first interview within 5 days of talking to them. They will keep you informed regularly and reassure you. If they say "don't worry, we will find you the position you're after" then they will. Bright Leaf is by far the best agency I worked with and I recommend them 100%. Thank you again ladies !! Rebecca
Julie and her team at Bright Leaf guided me every step of the way when I first qualified to help me find my dream job. I knew almost nothing about the job market in the UK and what to expect from my first role. Julie helped me find a job that was the perfect fit, with the location and lifestyle that came with it to ensure that I would be happy to stay. I love my new job and the team I'm working with as well as the area I now live in. Thanks to Julie's wealth of experience I found a fully supportive role as a new grad which I initially didn't think I would find. I would highly recommend the Bright Leaf team to any new grads looking for their first role as a vet!
Karl Bittel MRCVS
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