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Steph Ward

Recruitment Consultant Phone: 01422 433900 Email: [email protected]

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.

 
 
 
 

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This friendly, independent, small animal practice in North East Manchester are looking for 2 confident veterinary surgeons to join their 7 vet team.

This well equipped practice is highly regarded in the local community and has its own dedicated OOH facility as the team are committed to providing continuity of care that can be relied upon 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They offer a wide range of general practice treatments (including high level orthopaedics and endo-surgery) and operate at a high clinical standard, the business constantly works to raise standards of veterinary care in the region and as a nurse training practice, continue to develop and invest in their team as part of their ethos.

The role includes a broad range of first opinion practice from consulting to surgery to lab work-ups; all consults are 15 minute appointments with double appointments as appropriate.

The position is full time, working a 40 hour week over either 4x 10hr day or 5x 8hr day shifts, which are rota’d between from 07h45 to 19h30 and you will always be supported by the friendly team of RVNs’. There are some sole charge shifts too and so you must be able to confidently work alone.

The Vets work as a team with their own, separately staffed OOH facility – they have a team onsite 24 hours a day. Therefore there are no Out Of Hour shifts with this role. The weekend Saturday hours (8am - 4pm) are shared proportionately, approx 1:4 (moving to 1:6 when fully staffed). After a Saturday worked you will be given the following Monday off as time in lieu and so will always have a 2 day weekend.

With no targets or upselling pressure, the position is about offering excellent quality and service to our loyal client base.

The successful candidate will be someone who takes pride in being an excellent general practitioner with ability in all areas of veterinary practice. You must be confident and competent in routine surgery and consulting, and an area of interest may be considered for the development of the successful candidate. The candidate will have excellent communication and people skills and enjoy the variety and diversity of small animal practice. You will also share the teams belief that good veterinary care requires both a partnership with the owner alongside the clinical skills of the veterinary team.

All positions are permanent and in return the team offer excellent support and mentoring, with certificates encouraged.

If this role sounds of interest please email your CV through to [email protected] or give me a call on 01422 433900.

Not all of our roles are on our website, so if you are looking to move jobs, please get in touch to discuss your options.

If this vacancy isn’t quite right for you, please visit www.brightleaf.co.uk to view a full list of our current vacancies. You can also sign up for email alerts to receive news of new vacancies the second they are posted.

Bright Leaf Recruitment is a recruitment agency specialising in veterinary recruitment. We have been placing exceptional veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in great roles around the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia since 2010. Our team of expert recruiters have over two decades of experience in the veterinary recruitment industry.

Our client based on the outskirts of the lovely City of York are looking for a passionate, customer focused Small Animal Vet to join their existing team, which includes certificate holders, dedicated to providing excellent care to all their patients.

The role would be suitable for a team player with good communication skills, ideally with at least a year of General Practice experience and who is looking to further their career in a progressive and supportive practice.

This is a forward thinking practice and there is scope to progress clinically and/or non-clinically, as a clinical director, depending on personal aspirations.

This is a full time role over a 4.5 day week with 1:3 Saturday mornings only, and no other OOH, ensuring all their staff have a great work/life balance.

This client is passionate about their people and can offer an excellent benefit package, support with your well-being and CPD to encourage staff work towards further post-graduate qualifications.


If this role sounds of interest please email your CV through to [email protected] or give me a call on 01422 433900.

Not all of our roles are on our website, so if you are looking to move jobs, please get in touch to discuss your options.

If this vacancy isn’t quite right for you, please visit www.brightleaf.co.uk to view a full list of our current vacancies. You can also sign up for email alerts to receive news of new vacancies the second they are posted.

Bright Leaf Recruitment is a recruitment agency specialising in veterinary recruitment. We have been placing exceptional veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in great roles around the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia since 2010. Our team of expert recruiters have over two decades of experience in the veterinary recruitment industry.
Certificate holders, dedicated to providing excellent care to all their patients.

The role would be suitable for a team player with good communication skills, ideally with at least a year of General Practice experience and who is looking to further their career in a progressive and supportive practice.

This is a forward thinking practice and there is scope to progress clinically and/or non-clinically, as a clinical director, depending on personal aspirations.

This is a full time role over a 4.5 day week with 1:3 Saturday mornings only, and no other OOH, ensuring all their staff have a great work/life balance.

This client is passionate about their people and can offer an excellent benefit package, support with your well-being and CPD to encourage staff work towards further post-graduate qualifications.


If this role sounds of interest please email your CV through to [email protected] or give me a call on 01422 433900.

Not all of our roles are on our website, so if you are looking to move jobs, please get in touch to discuss your options.

If this vacancy isn’t quite right for you, please visit www.brightleaf.co.uk to view a full list of our current vacancies. You can also sign up for email alerts to receive news of new vacancies the second they are posted.

Bright Leaf Recruitment is a recruitment agency specialising in veterinary recruitment. We have been placing exceptional veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in great roles around the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia since 2010. Our team of expert recruiters have over two decades of experience in the veterinary recruitment industry.
Our client who is based near the historic market town of Chippenham in Wiltshire are looking for an experienced Small Animal Vet to join the team on a part time basis.

Working 20 hours a week over 2 days (Monday plus one other day), 1:4 Saturdays consulting (a second vet onsite for emergencies) and 1 in 6 late nights (9-7pm) no OOH (covered by Vets Now). Split between the main practice in Chippenham but also some sole charge in the branch practice. The role is a mix of consulting and operating.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience and be confident with consults and routine soft tissue surgery. You will be based at the main site but you must have a flexible working approach and be able to drive, as there will be cover required at a branch nearby, which will be sole charge.

You will be joining an experienced team of 9 Vets, 5 RVN's and 3 trainee nurses and enjoy a good work life balance with no OOH.
In return the practice offers a very competitive salary, 5 weeks holiday, health plan, generous CPD allowance, RCVS, VDS and BSAVA fees paid.

For more information on this role or if you would like to apply then please contact [email protected] or give me a call on 01422 433900.

Not all of our roles are on our website, so if you are looking to move jobs, please get in touch to discuss your options.

If this vacancy isn’t quite right for you, please visit www.brightleaf.co.uk to view a full list of our current vacancies. You can also sign up for email alerts to receive news of new vacancies the second they are posted.

Bright Leaf Recruitment is a recruitment agency specialising in veterinary recruitment. We have been placing exceptional veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in great roles around the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia since 2010. Our team of expert recruiters
have over two decades of experience in the veterinary recruitment industry.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a qualified veterinary nurse with general practice experience and great customer focus to join a small team with big ambitions.

This is a fast-growing, independent, online business focused on pet health and everything they do is about putting pets and their owners first.

The small team are looking for a self-starter who can flourish when working in a remote team, someone who wants to provide the best customer experience and who is confident liaising with the veterinary team and manufacturers to resolve vet-specific or product-specific enquiries.

You must be able to think on your feet and work autonomously, plus have a proven track record with supporting the customer journey and driving improvement to customer engagement. Ideally you will have a minimum of 2-3 years professional experience working with customers and be keen and enthusiastic with a real desire to make a difference.

You must be brilliant at attention to detail, prioritising and managing your own workload due to the nature of working remotely. You must also be confident speaking directly to prospective and existing customers over the phone, whilst being understanding and empathetic towards their needs.

The ideal candidate will have a proactive approach to learning, using new software and tools where available, and be computer literate and proficient in Office Suite. You will share in the teams passion for their mission to keep pets healthy and above all else have a love for cats and dogs.

As a new business this role responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping customers setting up their pet subscriptions and offering ongoing support with their account if and when needed
  • Assist customers via phone, LiveChat and email support tickets
  • Offer advice to prospective customers looking to subscribe
  • Providing customers with support for all account related activity
  • Working closely with the Customer Success Team and other internal teams to identify opportunities for improving processes to drive customer success
  • Proactively identify opportunities to improve customer engagement and drive customer retention
  • Customer outreach – mail out / surveys
  • Various other ad hoc duties as required
  • Administrative skills

In return our client can offer you a fantastic, flexible, work / life balance – as a fully remote team you can enjoy flexibility in terms of where, when and how you work.

The working hours are flexible between the hours of 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday and this role is open to both part-time and full-time applications.

In addition the rewards and benefits are:

  • Competitive starting salary dependant on experience, to be discussed at interview
  • Working within a fast paced, new and innovative brand in the pet sector
  • Opportunity to get involved in multiple aspects of this growing business
  • CPD allowance and contributions to registration fees to keep your experience up to date
  • 20 days holiday PLUS your birthday off and all the usual UK public and bank holidays (pro-rata’d for part-time colleagues)
  • Share options available
  • Great job satisfaction

This is an excellent opportunity to help develop your skills and grow within this new and expanding business.

You need to be primarily UK based and eligible to work in the country.

If this role sounds of interest to you please contact [email protected] with a copy of your CV or call me on 07900 054 465.

Not all of our roles are on our website, so if you are looking to move jobs, please get in touch to discuss your options.

If this vacancy isn’t quite right for you, please visit www.brightleaf.co.uk to view a full list of our current vacancies. You can also sign up for email alerts to receive news of new vacancies the second they are posted.

Bright Leaf Recruitment is a recruitment agency specialising in veterinary recruitment. We have been placing exceptional veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in great roles around the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia since 2010. Our team of expert recruiters have over two decades of experience in the veterinary recruitment industry.

Our client based in rural Cumbria are surrounded by beautiful countryside and coasts and yet have good transport links are looking for Junior Mixed Animal Vets to join their team of 14.

They are looking for Junior Vets as either new graduate interns (they have a comprehensive intern programme with mentoring and structured progression) or as a junior vet with one or two years’ experience and who is looking for a congenial working environment in a very lovely location.

We can provide further details and job descriptions are as follows:

New Graduate Intern:

• Mixed practice with 50 / 50 split farm and small animal

• Some TB testing but minimal (we have a full time tester)

• Structured mentoring and progression to junior vet

• Full support in a very mixed practice

• Modern facilities and technical gadgets

Junior vet:

• Mixed practice, with flexibility on split between farm and small animal

• Experienced support

• Good facilities and support team

• All equipment that can be expected in a first opinion rural practice

• Comfortable out of hours rota on farm calls only

• No small animal out of hours

• Excellent working conditions

If this role sounds of interest please email your CV through to [email protected] or give me a call on 01422 433900.

Not all of our roles are on our website, so if you are looking to move jobs, please get in touch to discuss your options.

If this vacancy isn’t quite right for you, please visit www.brightleaf.co.uk to view a full list of our current vacancies. You can also sign up for email alerts to receive news of new vacancies the second they are posted.

Bright Leaf Recruitment is a recruitment agency specialising in veterinary recruitment. We have been placing exceptional veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in great roles around the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia since 2010. Our team of expert recruiters have over two decades of experience in the veterinary recruitment industry.

This well established independent client based near Bromley, to the South East of London, are looking for an experienced small animal vet to join their team on a permanent full time basis.

This practice has been part of the community for over 20 years and has full hospitalisation and surgical facilities on-site.

The ideal candidate will be confident with first opinion consultations and all routine surgery. You must have excellent communication skills and, as the 4th vet in this practice, you must be willing and capable to support 2 of the other vets who have both qualified within the last couple of years.

This is a full time position working 4.5 days per week and with Saturdays on a 1:4 rota (8:30am-12noon). There are no OOH with this role.

A fantastic package is on offer and salary is dependent on experience.


Not all of our roles are on our website, so if you are looking to move jobs, please get in touch to discuss your options.

If this role sounds of interest please email your CV through to [email protected] or give me a call on 01422 433900.

If this vacancy isn’t quite right for you, please visit www.brightleaf.co.uk to view a full list of our current vacancies. You can also sign up for email alerts to receive news of new vacancies the second they are posted.

Bright Leaf Recruitment is a recruitment agency specialising in veterinary recruitment. We have been placing exceptional veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in great roles around the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia since 2010. Our team of expert recruiters have over two decades of experience in the veterinary recruitment industry.