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Richard Powell

Director Phone: 01422 433900 Email: [email protected]

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. 


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Our 2 vet client in the heart of Hertfordshire have a vacancy for a veterinary surgeon to join their small, tight-knit team of 2 vets and 3 nurses.

The successful candidate will be happy with routing surgical and medical cases and be confident with their clinical judgements. Support is of course, always available if needed. There will be occasions of sole charge so again, candidates must be happy with this.

The practice is well equipped and able to easily handle the majority of first opinion cases with digital x-ray, dentistry, orthopaedic kit, endoscopes etc etc. Further, more advanced equipment is available at the sister hospital.

The rota is based around a 4 day week with 1 in 3 Saturdays. Support is also given a couple of weeks per year as second on call at the sister hospital.
Our client on the Dorset Coast have have two vacancies for developing vets with around 12 months experience to join them. Candidates will have ideally gained 12 months experience by the time they start their new role so candidates with 9 month experience elsewhere, with a 3 month notice period are welcome to apply.

These roles are mobile in nature and involve working regular in a small number of practices. Sizes of the practices vary from single vet sites to large, multi vet 24 hour hospitals. As this is a developing vet role, support is readily available for clinical support. Vets get the opportunity work with a huge number of colleagues to gain a wider exposure as possible. It is envisaged that mobile vets work in this capacity for around 6-12 months before settling into a fixed location. That is unless mobile roles particularly suit the candidates.

Successful candidates will work a 4 day week with a 1/6 weekend rota and will be rewarded with an industry leading package of Over 40k salary, generous CPD, VDS, RCVS and BVA as well as 5 weeks holiday.

Practices are very well equipped and candidates will have access to such things as MRI, CT, Digital X-Ray, Digital Dental, Full Inhouse Labs, Orthopaedic suits, Isolation, etc etc.
This busy, South Yorkshire hospital have a vacancy for a confident veterinary surgeon to join their team. Candidates should be happy with a good number of first opinion surgical and medical procedures and will likely be considering considering a certificate. This client has the funds and the caseload to easily support most small animal certs.

As a 24 hour hospital this practice is very well equipped right up to CT scanner level. There are multiple ops theatres and large prep areas, excellent learning areas and of course a full inhouse lab.

The rota is worked over 4 days generally with a share of weekends on a 1/6 basis.
Our client operate a large 24 Hour hospital in Dorset. They are looking for an additional, experienced vet to join their 6 vet team. This is a very busy practices so all candidates will be comfortable with the majority of small animal surgical and medical procedures. They will have either started a certificate or will be planning to start one in the near future. A keen interest in surgery with orthopaedics experience would be a real benefit.

The rota is based on a 4 day week with 1/3 weekends.

Our client in South Yorkshire have a fantastic opportunity for a an experienced veterinary surgeon to join them in a Lead Vet capacity. As a Lead Vet, candidates will have experience in a broad scope of clinical cases both medical and surgically and may well be studying towards a certificate, or looking to start one. The will also have some softer skills based around leadership and management. These would include empathy and communication skills.

As well as ensuring excellent clinical standards are maintained and improvements made where required, the successful candidate will also be involved in managing the performance of the business. This is likely to be a new experience to most candidates so training and support will be readily available. This is a great role for vets wanting to learn about the ins and outs of running a business before one day opening their own practice.

The practice itself is very well equipped:
  • ECG
  • Orthopaedic suite
  • Digital Z-Ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Full inhouse laboratory
This practice will attract candidates living in the following areas:
  • Leeds
  • Sheffield
  • Rotherham
  • Peak District
  • Chesterfield
  • Manchester
Our client are very happy to support certificates and indeed have the caseload to satisfy most small animal interests.
Our client in the Greater Manchester area have a vacancy for a veterinary surgeon to join their team of 6 vets vets in their 24 hour hospital where nights are covered by the night team.

The practice is very well equipped with equipment such as:
  • Digital X-Ray
  • Dental X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Endoscope
  • Laparoscope
  • Video Otoscope
  • Blood pressure machine
  • ECG
  • Full lab which includes, Haematology and biochemistry
  • Plans for CT in the near future.
There will be a requirement to spend small amounts of time in a local branch practice too. This is done on a fair rota basis.

Our client are more than happy to fund and have the caseload to support small animal certificates in most disciplines.

In addition they are happy to organise sponsorship for candidates eligible to register with the RCVS living outside the UK.