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Since we opened our doors (digitally speaking) in 2010 we have helping match veterinary staff with employers quickly and efficiently. The Bright Leaf Recruitment team has almost 50 years’ experience in veterinary recruitment. Managing Director Richard Powell has almost 20 years’ experience in veterinary recruitment himself, as well as a background in business development, staff management, direct sales and retail.

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Our Story

Specialist Veterinary Recruiters

We are very proud to work with “all businesses great and small” so if you are a vet looking for a job, or practice looking for a vet, look no further. As we are all “talkie types” we really enjoy chatting with our clients and candidates. This has helped us to really understand their needs so creating the perfect match is easy.

Working with thousands of independent veterinary practices across the UK, Bright Leaf Recruitment also provides services for several well-known national organisations in the veterinary practice sector. These include the Vets4Pets and Companion Care, Vet Partners, Linnaeus and Medivet, Independent Vet Care as well as many large multiple independents.

As well as practice roles we also work within the commercial and academic sectors, we have worked with many famous names such as Bayer, Norbrook, Nestle, the College of West Anglia and the College of Animal Welfare.

Whilst most of our placements have been made here in the UK, we have been known exotic climates such as Australia, New Zealand and Dubai.


Greatest Achievements

In 2010 the UK and much of the world was in the middle of a financial meltdown. I had a very successful, secure position with Vet4Pets and Julie had her own busy, successful business. When we told people that I was giving up my job and Julie as going to sell her business to invest in a brand-new start-up veterinary recruitment agency, a wide deviation from my job and an absolute change for Julie, most of our family and friends thought we needed counselling! Thank goodness we held our nerve.

Nearly 13 years later we have achieved:

·       Year on year growth for 11 out of 13 years

·       Made over 1000 successful permanent placements

·       Seen 4 website incarnations

·       Grown our client base from zero to over 4000 practices

·       Grown our database of vets and nurses from zero to almost 4000 individuals

·       Recruited 6 recruitment consultants, with no experience, provided training in a new industry and provided financial security for their families

·       Become the most trusted, easy to deal with agencies with 4 of the “Big 6” corporate business’s as well as thousands of independent practices across the UK.

·       Successfully traded through a global pandemic.

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Looking for a new veterinary career? Join us at BrightLeaf

we are always interested in talking to ambitious individuals who would like to join our team.



When Bright Leaf Recruitment was established back in 2010 it was with one goal. We didn’t want to be the biggest veterinary recruitment agency in the UK - we wanted to be the best veterinary recruitment agency in the UK. We agreed on four main values. These have formed the bricks and mortar of our business ever since:

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    We always paint a true picture of our candidates to our clients and vice versa.Not only that but we give honest advice to both about their needs and requirements, offering insights based on our in-depth knowledge of the current market.

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    Accepting responsibility for the advice we give, the candidates we supply and the practices we make placements with.Without accountability, we cannot build trust.

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    Enduring relationships

    Long term friendships with both our candidates and clients are far more important to us than making a quick placement fee.Many of our clients and candidate have been friends of the Bright Leaf Recruitment team for over a decade.

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    When working for both candidates and clients we will exhaust every avenue available to fulfil their respective needs

Meet The Team