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Locum RECRUITMENT

Recruit4vets have been supplying locum vets and nurses to the UK veterinary sector for over 16 years and typically have in excess of 200 locums working at any one time, filling over 20,000 locum shifts annually.

We have one of the largest locum databases and with new locums registering daily we are confident we can fill all your locum requirements. 

We have locums available for both long term, short term and ad-hoc assignments.

All locums supplied by Recruit4vets are fully compliant with The Conduct of Employment Business Regulations, this means we check their ID, Right to Work, References, RCVS and skills before being submitted for positions.

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Our guarantee

  • Fully RCVS registered
  • Background checked/screened
  • Reference checked
  • Skill Level assessed
  • Paid weekly
  • IR35 compliant
  • AWR compliant
  • Provided with compliant contracts



























Permanent recruitment

Client and job briefs

We would start by gaining a really comprehensive understanding of your company and veterinary hospital/practice, taking a detailed brief from you about how you work, what services you offer, what equipment you have, team sizes and how you place yourself in the market.  

It is really important that we have as much information as possible so we are really well equipped when we engage with prospective candidates and can answer all of their questions and minimise the need for us to have to refer back to you to answer these questions.The more information we have, the easier it is for us to pitch the role to potential candidates.

Role and candidate specification brief

In the same way we need to have as much detail on your company as possible, it is also imperative that we really understand the role you are looking to recruit for.  

You would provide us with a detailed specification of your ideal candidate, a detailed job description brief of how the role would look. So things like, working rota, working expectations, salary, vacation, production bonus and other package details etc.  

Research and marketing strategy

We discuss the potential candidate pool for each particular assignment and can discuss your competitors and where you may wish us to focus our search efforts so that we can agree on a strategy you are comfortable with.

Search and selection

Once we have agreed on strategy and we feel we have all the information we need to start actively approaching candidates, we will start to systematically approach the relevant candidate pool via email, LinkedIn In-mail and Telephone where appropriate. 

When we successfully engage with a candidate who is interested, we carry out an initial 'qualifying' process, where we go through their requirements and the details of the role. If the candidate is a good fit and interested in being introduced to you, we submit them to you with a CV for your review where you can then choose to either pass, or start the interview process with them.  

In particular for specialist roles, it is quite unlikely that you will have more than 3 - 4 candidates to choose from for each role who can interview at the same time, so we encourage our clients to interview candidates as they come through.

Interviews and offers

When we introduce candidates to you who meet the job brief and you feel could be a good fit (usually after an initial informal call with the relevant person in your team) we would then encourage a formal interview.  

If a candidate is successful at an interview, and you wanted to make an offer, you would present the candidate an offer in line with your budget and take into account their current package and their commercial value. 

There is normally a negotiation phase that takes place where we can act as a mediator between you and the candidate to make sure that both parties are comfortable and happy with the offer.  

Acceptance and start date

When a candidate has accepted an offer, we work on start dates and keep in touch with the candidate until their start date and beyond to make sure they are settled into the role.​​​

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Testimonials Clients

Testimonials Candidates

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  • Recruit4vets are a truly professional recruitment company that provides the highest caliber vets. It has been a pleasure working with Recruit4vets and I thank you for all the excellent vets you have sent to work with us.

    Helen Nichols Warren House Veterinary Group
  • Thank you John Read for your help, it's really been much appreciated that you were able to understand and work round what we were looking for.

    Rachel Vets4Pets
  • Sarah from 'Recruit4vets' was extremely helpful in our search for an RVN. We are very pleased with the quality of candidate put forward, and delighted with the outcome. The process was made easy, and we were kept updated at every step. We would use Recruit4vets again, and have pleasure in recommending them to any Veterinary Practice currently recruiting.

    Rachel Massey Practice Manager, David Clare Vets
  • Recruit4vets were able to help us out when we really needed them.  We had been in touch with numerous locum agencies but Recruit4vets were the ones who came straight back to me and offered help if they could.  they were amazing from start to finish.

    Sarah was perfect in every way!  She was great with the clients and all the staff too.  She works really hard and always goes the extra mile to help if she can.  We will definitely be looking to use Sarah again in the future and would definitely recommend her to any other practices looking for competent  conscientious and compassionate vet.

    Sharon Wood Valley Vet Care
  • Recruit4vets has found us several locums and each one has been of the high standard we require and they have been reliable and very personable. I have always been able to communicate with Recruit4vets and they always respond to my emails quickly.

    Karen Puzio Oathall Veterinary Group
  • Great service all round. Helpful recruitment agency and a great locum nurse!

    Caroline Palin Haydock Veterinary Surgery
  • Found the service very easy and the vet that was sent was brilliant x

    Sarah Bagnall Wombourne Veterinary Centre
  • Easy to work with. good communication and have provided good locums.

    Fiona Steptowe The Wylie Vet Centre
  • I have had no negative experiences from dealing with recruit4vets and the communication has been excellent.

    Anne-Marie Richards IVC - Boyce & Houston
  • Recruit4vets easy to deal with, no hassle service.

    Lorna Ungoed-Thomas IVC - Crown Vets
  • Providing fantastic locums is vital to us and with the customers and practice being happy with the locum this is perfect

    Lorna Havard Medivet - Tilbury
  • Great locum, thank you.

    Jessica Wakely Medivet - Fulham
  • Emily is returning to us in January 2019 - she has proved to be 100% reliable, very flexible, has got involved with the team - we love having her here with us and if she was on the permanent market we would want he as team member. Great attitude, gets on with the job in hand and is genuinely a lovely person! Great locum that we would have no issues at all recommending. From a clinical perspective our Head Vet is very pleased with Emily an dhow she manages cases. 

    Great locum provided, easy to work with and now I have the time sheet logging sorted its simple!

    Helen Hawken The Vet
  • Silvia is lovely and a pleasure to work with. Staff and clients really like her. Friendly, efficient service thank you

    Eva Granath Trafford Vets4Pets
  • Very Friendly, Great with Clients, Very Knowledgeable, able to teach other vets, Great ideas. Very happy with communication, and service provided

    Elly Hardesty Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership
  • Very good nurse with great attitude to work and initiative. Have been the most successful agency in terms of securing locums for work especially as there are very high demands for RVNs! Good communication and easy process for booking 

    Katie Shorer Blue Cross Animal Hospital
  • Emily is an excellent vet who was very popular with staff and clients. Great locum provided by a great company.

    Keira Whewall Fair City Vets
  • Great service, easy to use, Fantastic vet!!!

    Kyle Hoelger Croydon Companion Care
  • Great service, quality of locums provided good and easy to communicate

    Ben Orton Medivet Melbourn
  • Emily is returning to us in January 2019 - she has proved to be 100% reliable, very flexible, has got involved with the team - we love having her here with us and if she was on the permanent market we would want he as team member. Great attitude, gets on with the job in hand and is genuinely a lovely person! Great locum that we would have no issues at all recommending. From a clinical perspective our Head Vet is very pleased with Emily an dhow she manages cases. 

    Great locum provided, easy to work with and now I have the time sheet logging sorted its simple!

    Helen Hawken The Vet Liverpool
  • Hannah has excellent communication with both clients & other team members, is a great team player & has very good clinical skills. Recruit4vets are easy to deal with and helpful.

    Lorna Ungoed-Thomas Crown Vets fort William
  • Good communication and agreement adhered to. Also Ryan proactively called when additional dates were available with Roxanne which secured a further booking.

    Caroline Griffiths Vets4Pets - Feltham
  • Very good on timesheets and ease of process for them. Communication has been excellent

    Kirsty Hensby Companion Care Vets Exeter
  • Hello Ella
    Thank you for your lovely message. 
    I wanted to thank you for the amazing Nicola. 
    She has been supportive and encouraging and responsive all the way ( and any time: weekends, nights, anytime!). She loves her work and makes you feel like a friend. 
    That is priceless. I feel fortunate to have “met” her! 
    Please make her stop working on Saturday evenings!  :)
    I will definitely recommend vets through you. 
    Your LinkedIn activity is impressive and Nicola’s creativity in presenting the positions is special and fun to have on my daily messages. 
    Expect to hear from me. Thank you for your honest support.

    Theodora Gavriil Clinical Director
  • I would like to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to recruit4vets for your recruitment/locum assistance over the last 2 years as we have been building up and continue to grow our nursing provision here at Paragon.

    Helen Paragon Referrals
  • When I was looking for new job I worked with Recruit4vets. I had many doubts if I will be able to find anything because of my little experience in the UK, but Recruit4vets changed my way of thinking and helped build up confidence while looking through the offers. I really enjoyed working with the agency, as I was provided with so much support and frequent catch ups. I had 2 interviews with employers in my desired area and both of them were fully successful, they met my expectations and I was offered a job in both cases so I could chose the offer which suited me better. I honestly think that my new job is a great opportunity for me to learn and develop in the direction I want. Thank you so much!!!

    Paulina Veterinary Surgeon
  • I contacted Recruit4vets who I used in the past when I was looking for a new practice. They replied promptly and dealt with my application very efficiently indeed. Recruit4vets was not only helpful but offered me options and submitted applications on my behalf. I have found that this has reduced the burden and the stress to a minimum and allowed the process to take place very smoothly. When I found some difficulties in sending an application form they was there, very quickly, to offer solutions! I found them both efficient and incredibly friendly and helpful.

    Nathan Veterinary Surgeon
  • Recruit4vets were extremely helpful, friendly and attentive right from the start. I had never used a recruitment service before and I was both skeptical and intrigued. Now, it's a service I highly recommend as it helped me to secure several interviews, using the requirements I had provided him, in a short space of time. A benefit to this service I felt was invaluable was the communication Recruit4vets did on my behalf; due to being deaf, I'm not confident on the phone so he was able to relay all the information between me and the practices. Recruit4vets has also been on hand for advice on accepting jobs as I was facing a big move to London from Glasgow. I appreciated his thoughts from a professional, unbiased standpoint. I will definitely be using this service in the future.

    Meghan Durno Veterinary Nurse
  • As a first-time locum seeking veterinary work in the UK, I was very fortunate to work with Recruit4Vets. They were friendly and approachable with an excellent knowledge of the industry. They were considerate and proficient, finding me a great practice that suited my expectations very quickly. Recruit4vets made me feel valued and supported, and would always advocate on my behalf. They would regularly check-in to ensure I was happy wherever I was working at the time. They were always available to talk and to adapt to my changing situation. When it came time to finding a permanent job they organised a meeting with my prospective employer and were very helpful in negotiating terms of contract and giving advice about pay. My experience with the team at Recruit4vets has been excellent. I highly value their dedication and support and would certainly recommend them to others

    Anna Veterinary Surgeon
  • I’ve been working as a locum for over two years, both in the UK and Australia. Tom is by far, the best recruitment consultant I have ever dealt with. He has always listened to what I wanted, and without fail, has managed to come up with very suitable positions. He has been very friendly, helpful and extremely efficient in all of his dealings; efficiency being one of the most key factors in this line of work. He has also always gone out of his way to help when I’ve been late handing in timesheets! Overall I highly recommend Recruit4vets as an excellent agency to deal with; professional, friendly, and efficient and a pleasure to work with. Thank you for all of your help!

    Rachel Groarke Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
  • Sue is a very keen consultant. She kept supporting me and she followed my requests, saving valuable time in my search for a new job. She committed entirely during our 'work relationship'. I would describe her also as a bright and very friendly woman. I was completely relaxed and actually happy to receive her phone calls

    Valentina Morano Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
  • I decided to give up my permanent vet nursing position and become a locum for a variety of reasons. I wanted to gain more control of my career, freshen up my skills and have the excitement of seeing how different practices work. Recruit4vets made my transition from a permanent full timer to a professional locum occur smoothly. I initially thought this would be a mine field, what with having to arrange my finances and source work. However, Recruit4vets recommended a superb Umbrella company that ensures all the important tax issues are dealt with and that I am paid quickly and efficiently (without the headaches!). Recruit4vets always keeps me regularly informed of upcoming positions, so there is no need to worry about any lack of work. They also listen to my work requirements and touch base with me to make sure everything is ok which is important (and it makes me feel appreciated too)

    Emma Daw Locum Veterinary Nurse
  • When looking for my new job, I applied through a couple of online recruitment agencies. Recruit4vets where the only company that where helpful. From quick responses, to sending me through new jobs that fit my needs for the job I was looking. They kept in regular contact from send my CVs all the way through to starting my new job. They were also flexible on types of communication as the hours I worked didn't always mean I could speak on a phone. So email and text where perfect. I have already recommended this company to friends and heavens forbid I change my job, I will use it again.

    Laura Williams Registered Veterinary Nurse
  • I have found the services from Recruit4vets to be of great help when searching for work within veterinary nursing. As a newly qualified degree nurse it can be challenging to find opportunities within the profession. I am currently working at The Croft Veterinary Clinic. I thoroughly enjoy my new job and would highly recommend this service to find the appropriate position to suit a veterinary professional. Sarah has professional attitude and friendly manner that helped to give me confidence when looking for work and has given me the confidence to contact her with any queries or problems that I may have in relation to veterinary work.

    Lorna Mothershaw Registered Veterinary Nurse
  • When I spotted a post on Facebook by Recruit4vets detailing a position available, I decided to apply. Within 30 minutes I had a reply and 8 hours later an interview for the same job. I was kept completely informed about all updates even though I was not in the country before I was offered the position. As a new graduate, I had little knowledge about applying for jobs but this company took all of that stress away. I am thankful for all of their help and support which helped me to obtain my dream job.

    Anonymous Newly Graduated RVN
  • Thank you so much for all your help and support and advice - I will recommend you to all my friends if they`ll be willing to get a new job. I think you are amazing in what you do. Oh, I`ve received a little present from Recruit4vets as well, this was such a nice surprise! Thank you so much!

    Kalina Zielinska Veterinary Surgeon
  • Myself and my husband having been locumming in the UK for the past 3 years through recruit4vets. Recruit4vets have been great every step of the way, never failing to find us a suitable position. They have always been very efficient and made sure to find us the most suitable of roles. The process was always very smooth and the locum team were always pleasant to deal with! Thanks to all at recruit4vets for all of your help!

    Kayleigh Veterinary Surgeon
  • It was a pleasure working with James. He is devoted to his job and his implication in the process was 100%. He was available at all times to answer questions, to offer advice and support as well.

    James was able to find me a position in only a week, which I didn’t expect to happen that fast.

    I am very happy with the experience and I would recommend James to all my friends to help them find their dream job.

    Bogdan Lupu Veterinary Surgeon
  • The past couple weeks I have been dealing with Gabrielle regarding a veterinary nursing vacancy. This has been my first dealing with a recruitment agency and I feel it's important to recognise when a fantastic service has been delivered and Gabrielle did just that. 

    Gabrielle found a suitable position for myself after listening to what hours I wanted and what I wanted in a practice. She sorted out an interview and discussed salary with the practice before hand as I wouldn't of felt comfortable discussing money so this alone made things easier. 

    I was kept informed and up to date with the progress and above all she was extremely supportive which meant a lot to me. When ever I needed to talk Gabrielle listened and provided answers or just reassurance. Nothing ever seemed to big or too small. 

    With dealing with Gabrielle I would highly recommend your company. The service I received has been amazing from the start so a massive thank you to Gabrielle and recruit4vets for delivering a top class service. 

    Claire Phillips Veterinary Nurse
  • I’ve never used a recruitment agency before and I’m glad I did. Didn’t realise the kind of service I would receive would be so personal and I really appreciated it. Gabby was AMAZING. So friendly and helpful! Thought she was fabulous.

    Jenna Davidson Veterinary Surgeon
  • Great support and kindness of the team, efficiency and fast responses to job requests

    Valeria Mantovani Veterinary Surgeon
  • Good, prompt service, very helpful

    Rachel Booth Veterinary Surgeon
  • Very fast feedback, great communication, huge client base.

    Rhys Williams Locum Veterinary Surgeon
  • You have been extremely helpful and efficient in helping me out during my time at this practice.

    Sally Marriott Locum Veterinary Nurse
  • Good communication and speedy at finding work

    Hayley Rich Locum Veterinary Nurse
  • Harry was brilliant at listening to my concerns and has been trying very hard to find me an alternative place for the new year

    Honor Locum Theatre Nurse
  • Very good at keeping both locum and end client happy

    Edward Locum Veterinary Surgeon
  • I want to give you some positive feedback about Charlie Stokes. 

    I have just started dipping my toe into the locuming world, and reached out to Charlie to help me find some options. He went above and beyond in his dedication to find me the perfect shifts (despite how awkward my demands!). He sent me text messages in the evening, in the early morning, and we exchanged phone calls at times that must have been outside of his shifts! I felt like his only client the entire time - he really made me feel he was doing his absolute best, and found a job for me that was better than I could have imagined. He is dedicated, persistent in the best possible way, professional, kind, and great at his job. A real credit to your team. I hope you will be able to recognise his excellent service personally. 

    I will not hesitate to recommend him and recruit4vets, to everyone I know. 

    Thank you for the difference you have made in my life - just one shift so far, but it has opened my eyes to a different future for my career and I feel much more settled and happy knowing that recruit4vets is there for me. 

    Ailsa Woodson BVSc MRCVS Locum Vet

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