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Why Vet Seekers

Your Veterinary Locum Veterinary Agency of choice. Why? Because that is the feedback that our locum veterinary nurses and locum veterinary surgeons provide us using our 5-star veterinary locum recruitment service.

Honest overview  from our veterinary locum friends on our Trustpilot Page here

You won’t see this from many veterinary recruitment agencies!

Do you give out my CV or contact details?

NO, NEVER! We only present your details to a client after we have spoken with you and received your permission to send your CV in accordance with GDPR legislation.

What locations can you offer me work in?

Anywhere you like, as we work with 1,000s of veterinary practice across the UK and overseas. We have access to 100’s of locum jobs with new roles flooding through each day with both independent and larger group clients.

How do I register with Vet Seekers?

Simply apply for one of our vacancies on our jobs page or click on the register tab on our homepage. You can also contact one of our friendly team via: E: hello@vetseekers.co.uk or P: 0333 014 7374 or WhatsApp: 07542919595

What happens after I register?

We will contact you to discuss your next locum or permanent career move and we will keep you regularly updated on positions that we have sourced for you. Please note that there are many practices out there that may not be actively looking to hire, but they are generally open to speaking with the right candidates with the intention to create a suitable position.

Do you charge a fee for this service?

No, not at all, all our services are completely free to the job seeker, it is illegal for a recruitment agency to charge for finding you work.

Where can I get more information?

We endeavour to be different and strive to answer all communications as soon as possible on a 24/7 basis. Our normal office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5.30pm. Outside of these hours we operate a telephone answering service (a human) and we will respond as soon as possible. We can be contacted on 0333 014 7374 or email hello@vetseekers.co.uk with any questions.

What compliance do we ask for?

Prior to you commencing a new role, we will ask you to provide the following:

  1. ID: Digital ID check – We send you a link for this – very simple to complete
  2. Right to Work: If you are a none UK citizen then we ask for the likes of your VISA, Share Code, Sponsorship needs etc
  3. Proof of National Insurance: N.I Card, P45, P60 or HMRC Tax
  4. Letter Certificates: Copy of your RCVS certificate and any other supporting documents.
  5. References: Written references (preferably two)
  6. Skills Matrix: To show your veterinary skills.
  7. Payment Vehicle Checks: Depending on how you get paid we may ask for an SDC / IR35 check, UTR No., Substitution Details,  Bank details, Umbrella details etc.,
  8. Other details: Such as your full name, full address, date of birth, next of kin, but not limited to etc

What if you are not advertising a job that suits me?

Once we have determined your desired criteria, your dedicated veterinary recruitment consultant will source suitable veterinary jobs tailored to your needs and veterinary career aspirations. Contact one of our team, tell us what you are looking for in your next role. We work with the major groups and all independent across the UK and overseas. We work for you!

Do I require insurance?

  • If you are a locum – We strongly recommend that you take out your own insurance cover, as under the RCVS code of practice all vets must have their own liability insurance, covering them to the correct level required.
  • You may find that some practices will cover your insurance whilst you are working for them, but you may be liable if a claim is made after completion of the locum assignment.

The RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Registered Veterinary Professionals says:

  • Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses must ensure that all their professional activities are covered by professional indemnity insurance or equivalent arrangements.
  • Read more on the VDS website – https://www.thevds.co.uk/

There are two separate insurance covers that you need to consider (the VDS provides both):

  • Required: Civil liability arising from breach of professional duty etc.
  • Veterinary professionals and other staff are normally covered under the professional indemnity insurance policy taken out by the practice, but we do ask them to obtain their own cover, which is actually normal practice nowadays and most clients as for this.

Recommended: Criminal and disciplinary proceedings.

Public liability insurance

  • Public liability insurance covers locums if clients or the public suffer property damage or personal injury as a result of the work they do. Examples of companies that offer this kind of insurance include:

Please note that some umbrella companies like i4 Umbrella and Purlieus Consulting may provide certain types of insurance cover, such as public liability, as part of their service. This is worth checking out.

What will Vet Seekers do for me?

We have extensive veterinary recruitment experience which means we are well placed to look after your requirements and offer an all-round professional, supportive service.

As a valued member of Vet Seekers, we promise to do everything we can to ensure that your locum career with us is both rewarding, enjoyable and hope that it proves to be a positive long-lasting experience for you.

  • We want to get to know you first and understand how you like to work, to support you in your locum journey.
  • We will provide you with a professional and confidential executive search service either on a locum or permanent basis across the UK and overseas.
  • We have access to 1,000s of locum and permanent roles with both independent and larger group clients.
  • We can source individual roles tailored to your desired criteria.
  • We offer full CV feedback and assistance.
  • Provide you with interview guidance and market salary information.
  • We regularly keep in touch with our progress.
  • We don’t send your CV out anywhere without your expressed permission.

Locum rates of Pay - UK Veterinary Groups

The Main UK Veterinary Groups:

You may or may not have noticed that all the groups have been looking at locum spend over the last year or so, especially with locum rates shooting up due to factors such as change in market conditions, demand, Brexit, and the Pandemic, CMA investigations, buyouts etc. So, recently it seems the majority have implemented locum rate caps across the board with some exceptions.

Depending on which group (please feel free to ask our team for further details) average capped rates that have been put in place (depending on payment method):

Vet rates

  • £360 to £500 and independents
  • Up to £800 for nights and specialist roles

Nurse rates

  • £16 to £25
  • Up to £30 for nights and specialist roles

Please note:

  • There is a degree of flexibility.
  • Independent practices generally are willing to pay higher rates.
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Mackenzie Deak
Mackenzie Deak
January 16, 2024

New Grad Experience

Both Abby and Adam were fantastic, quick to respond and also really took into account what exactly I was looking for. As soon as I’d mentioned to Abby I was interested in the charity/not-for-profit sector she quickly compiled a list of practices that might interest me. In doing that Abby introduced me to a company that I would quite literally describe as my dream job, and after some interviews (wonderfully set up by both Abby and Adam through the process) landed that job. As a new grad trying to find your first job can be really stressful but I felt at ease working with Vet Seekers as they took care of all the hard bits and all I had to do was talk about what I loved. Really grateful to them for this new opportunity!

Miss monica giarrizzo
Miss monica giarrizzo
October 11, 2023

Sophie is the best

Sophie is one of the best recruitment agents I have ever dealed with. She is professional, friendly and kind. She gets things done and offers a great service.

dinah w
dinah w
September 20, 2023

Helpful and genuine!

Thomas, the recruitment agent, is an absolute saint and has been working really hard to help me find a workplace that matches my values. Always willing to listen and formulate a plan of attack regarding logistics and needs of both parties. Thank you!

Lucy Marshall
Lucy Marshall
July 5, 2023

Adam was really helpful in finding me a…

Adam was really helpful in finding me a suitable practice and was keeping me updated throughout.

Becca Pillet
Becca Pillet
May 23, 2023

Abby was lovely

Abby was extremely helpful throughout the entire process, very friendly and supportive. Interviews and options were given very quickly. And advice was very welcome

Ciaran M
Ciaran M
May 17, 2023

Very professional service

Very professional service, great communication.

CM
CM
May 17, 2023

Very professional service

Very professional service, great communication.

Scarlett Johnson
Scarlett Johnson
May 5, 2023

Great experience overall

Great experience overall! I contacted George in around March and very quickly I had interviews scheduled followed by trial shifts and employment ready for when I finish my studies in a very supportive practice. George was very attentive and quick to update with the ongoing process even receiving phone calls within minutes of leaving the practice! Can’t recommend enough.

Chloe Wheeler
Chloe Wheeler
April 27, 2023

Really helpful, 10/10!!

I worked with Adam T and he’s the most amazing agent, so helpful with chasing up enquires and getting everything sorted so that I can have a job lined up once I become an RVN in the summer — can’t recommend enough!

Kirsty
Kirsty
April 26, 2023

Megan has been a tremendous help

Megan has been a tremendous help from the start, from silly questions to setting up interviews and organising all of the documents. Megan made sure everything was easy, stress free and the communication at all times was second to none. This was my first time using an agency to apply for jobs but once I had explained my must haves from a job Megan was able to, within 24 hours, find me a job that ticked all of the boxes and more! I highly recommend!

NM
NM
April 13, 2023

Thank you Abby

Abby has been amazing throughout my whole job hunting process. She is extremely helpful and so friendly always checking in to see how I’m getting on. Definitely recommend. 😊

AM
AM
March 16, 2023

Professional and Friendly Recruitment Agency

Whilst investigating locum jobs I sent an email to Vet Seekers, within the hour I was speaking to one of their consultants, George. George was helpful, dillegent and responsive throughout the process of securing me a locum position, this was within a few days of my initial conversation with him. I would have no hesitation to approach Vet Seekers/George in the future for further locuming roles.

customer
customer
March 14, 2023

Very professional efficient and…

Very professional efficient and friendly.

Nicola Vanes
Nicola Vanes
March 14, 2023

Polite, helpful, informative and kind

Abby was so polite and helpful. She kept me up to date with what was happening and always replied quickly to my emails.

Mollie Allsop
Mollie Allsop
March 7, 2023

Great experience

George has been fantastic from start to finish. He is attentive, friendly and very organised, meaning the whole process has been easy and stress-free for myself.

kaykay pug
kaykay pug
March 6, 2023

It is my pleasure to write a review for…

It is my pleasure to write a review for Vet Seekers. Adam is an excellent specialist who helped me a lot throughout my job hunting process. He has great response and always kind to answer my questions and give me advice. He is incredibly efficient, he sourced out different interview opportunities for me. He also kept giving me updates everyday. I am grateful to have Adam helping me! And I am eventually got a job!

Steph
Steph
February 24, 2023

Fantastic service

Fantastic service. Meg has been wonderful finding me a locum job. She is proactive and friendly and kept me updated regularly. Highly recommend!

Leeza D
Leeza D
February 8, 2023

George was friendly and professional

George was friendly and professional. Now looking forward to my new job. George sorted out any queries and kept me informed through the whole process. Thank you .

Lauren  Bevis
Lauren Bevis
February 8, 2023

I received help in finding a job from…

I received help in finding a job from Abby. She was really helpful and kept me updated frequently. I have since accepted my first full time role thanks to Abby’s help.

Sarah J Peirce
Sarah J Peirce
February 8, 2023

Wonderful experience

Adam was amazing he really helped me get my new job and made the process really easy. He ensured I received all of the correct documents and was procative in making sure I signed them all.

Megan
Megan
February 7, 2023

Very happy :)

George, helped me from the very beginning, listened to what I wanted and helped me find places that suited me. They are fantastic and would highly recommend :) Thanks George :)

Agnieszka Hanyż
Agnieszka Hanyż
February 6, 2023

Massive thank you to Abby from Agnes

Massive thank you to Abby from Vetseekers for all the help she given me in finding a job! Within couple weeks thanks to Abby expertise and attendence I've visited amazing practices and accepted a job offer. Lovely and caring personality definitely would recommend to others!

Lucy
Lucy
January 24, 2023

Thank you

I can’t thank Megan enough for all she has done in helping me secure the perfect job! Her expertises and attentiveness are above and beyond both in finding jobs that matched my requirements but also in communication and keeping me informed through out the whole process.

Thomas Fox
Thomas Fox
January 20, 2023

I really need to thank Vet Seekers and…

I really need to thank Vet Seekers and especially Meg. I have worked with Meg closely and she has always gone above and beyond for me and, now for the second time, helped me to achieve the permanent role that I wanted. I really cannot thank Meg and Vet Seekers enough for everything they have done for me. I cannot recommend enough. This is the second time I have worked with Meg, and the second time I have landed a role within weeks. It speaks for itself

Miss Gabriela Elena Pop
Miss Gabriela Elena Pop
December 25, 2022

Great experience

Very professional, friendly and helpful advice from David!

Lorenzo Carta
Lorenzo Carta
December 22, 2022

Dave is outstanding

Dave is outstanding, always at the end of the phone to help out. Definitely recommend

Oscar Samsó Llenas
Oscar Samsó Llenas
December 13, 2022

George was extremlly deligent

George was extremlly deligent. He paid good attention to my requirements and did his best to find a match. He was punctual in his communications, straightforward, honest and patient. He has the kind of communication skills that encourages trust and confidence. I am delighted with his services.

Amber
Amber
December 12, 2022

I work with vetseekers on a daily…

I work with vetseekers on a daily basis, and in the last 2 months of me knowing the company, its been a pleasure to work with such a lovely team. I'm always assured and put at ease when going to vetseekers for perm and locum assistance.

Amber Louise
Amber Louise
November 25, 2022

George was amazing

George was amazing! Really helpful !! He helped me through the process was so easy and stress free ! Really recommend! Wouldn’t go with anyone else if I needed a new job !

Kimberleigh Green
Kimberleigh Green
November 7, 2022

Great communication would recommend

Great communication via my preferred method, George offered me all available opportunities to ensure my needs as well as the practices needs were being met. Locum work arranged promptly.

kathryn
kathryn
November 7, 2022

Excellent personal service

Excellent personal service! Quick responses and well organised. Nothing was too much. Thank you to George.

Lauren Ward
Lauren Ward
October 20, 2022

I worked with both Emily and Megan

I worked with both Emily and Megan. They were both so supportive in helping my to find work considering my difficuilt surcumstances. I highly reccomend as everyone I spoke to where all welcoming and helpful

Carole
Carole
October 20, 2022

Very good experience

I am very happy with vet seekers. Megan and Emily have been amazing. I feel that they took their Time to discuss the rate and find a good compromise for me. I never felt rush nether about giving an answer. The communication has been very good and phone call very useful. I would definitely recommand vet seekers to other vets.

Kate
Kate
October 13, 2022

George - personalised service, best recruitment experience I’ve had as a locum!

George at Vet Seekers is by far THE BEST recruitment agent I have experienced. His communication is spot on, using my preferred methods and times and really tailored the experience to understand what I needed and found me great roles and gave me all the support I needed. I found a lot of recruiters really don’t give you the same experience and id be waiting months for a job to be offered, I really felt George understood what I needed and went above and beyond to deliver. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for locum work. Always a pleasant experience.

Stephanie Taylor
Stephanie Taylor
October 10, 2022

Helpful, friendly and approachable

Megan had airways been super helpful and always around for any questions I had about potential jobs. Just the right balance between being in contact without being pushy (as some previous experiences with different recruitment agencies have been!) Overall cannot fault how easy and stress free the whole process of finding a new job has been - thank you Megan!

Patrick Ward
Patrick Ward
October 4, 2022

Vet role - Megan pinder

I applied for a vet role and Meg has been super helpful throughout. I was contacted regarding many viable roles and very thorough discussions about the right path. She has helped me find the role I was looking for and has been brilliant with details and quick replies. I appreciate everything she’s done for me.

Eleanor
Eleanor
August 17, 2022

Would recommend vetseekers

Megan was extremely helpful, answered all questions asap, always easy to get in touch with. Great service.

Natalia
Natalia
July 21, 2022

Very helpful and friendly

Emily was incredibly helpful and responsive to my queries, I would highly recommend!

jade tyrrell
jade tyrrell
July 7, 2022

Fantastic communication from start to…

Fantastic communication from start to finish. Megan was my veterinary consultant she's very freindly, approachable and manages all the questions needed very promptly. Being my first job from my training practice she made the transition very stress free including negotiations with hours and salary. Thank you again megan I couldn't have done it without you!

Jess Kilner
Jess Kilner
July 6, 2022

Emily was really helpful and got me a…

Emily was really helpful and got me a job almost instantly with all the benefits/things I needed and wanted. She is really kind and friendly always asking if I need anything even a month into my job :)

Charlotte's Place
Charlotte's Place
June 27, 2022

Vet seekers…

Megan at vet seekers was very attentive and helpful. Always on hand to chat through any queries. Overall, a great service.

Charlie
Charlie
June 21, 2022

New Grad job search

Megan was always friendly and approachable and quick to respond to my emails. She was proactive in sending me jobs that might be suitable and understanding if they weren't to my liking. Overall I'd recommend using the VetSeekers service.

Leanne Stagg
Leanne Stagg
May 23, 2022

Friendly and professional service

Megan at Vetseekers helped me in my search for a new role. She was really friendly, helpful and most of all listened to what I needed and made it work. I really felt like she had my best interests at heart. She communicated really well, both friendly and professional. Every time I spoke to someone they were very friendly too. All round a very positive experience and looking forward to a brilliant new role and challenge!

Kendra Ashby
Kendra Ashby
May 8, 2022

Very helpful and very quick

Georgina was lovely and I was set up with a great match of a clinic very promptly.

Miss S Harrison
Miss S Harrison
May 6, 2022

Fantastic service

Great service and kept updated by phone and email the whole way through the recruiting process liaising with both myself and the candidate.

Sophia Beeley
Sophia Beeley
May 1, 2022

Megan was very polite and helpful

Megan was very polite and helpful, and I was never left waiting long for a reply

EM
EM
April 27, 2022

Excellent locum agency

Excellent locum agency. Very helpful and efficient in providing locum work. Would highly recommend their services.

Summer Lane Vets
Summer Lane Vets
April 26, 2022

Working with Megan Pinder recently

Had the pleasure of working with Megan Pinder recently which resulted in the successful employment of a candidate she put to us. Megan was always extremely helpful and always quick to reply to any questions we had. I would highly recommend Megan and would definitely recommend & use her again.

Hester
Hester
April 22, 2022

10/10

10/10 for this recruitment agency. David and Lucy are friendly, intuitive and highly experienced. I launched myself into a locum career after spending 4 years at my home practice. It was a daunting step and they helped me every step of the way. They listened carefully to my wishes and worries and always put my interests first. Whether you are a vet, nurse or veterinary practice, I’d highly recommend reaching out to the team! The recruitment agency is truly one of a kind.