It's important that you should know us, we're not just another faceless agency. So here's our story:

 

Debbie Loding - Director 

My story began in the veterinary industry, 24 years ago. I joined a privately owned practice in London and started my RVN training, and after a few years then had the opportunity to help set up an independent practice from scratch, which was a huge success (and lots of hard work!) and this in turn led to us opening two more sites. I adored my 15 years working as a nurse in practice, it was a fantastic job, which gave me an abundance of skills. I loved the challenges and how everyday, the team work would result in providing the very best level of care to our clients and patients alike.  

But I still wanted more challenges!  So I decided to look outside the veterinary industry, moving into recruitment in the construction industry in the city of London. This was a huge learning curve for me, and for the first time I was working with corporate clients and large accounts, but it soon became apparent that I missed the veterinary industry that I had left behind and so returned to help set up the in house recruitment function at IVC Evidensia in 2015.  

What a journey the last 6 years have been!! Joining a start up business, that grew to be the biggest vet group in the UK was an amazing opportunity, and I relished in it, but whilst working with external suppliers of staff at IVC, I started to rapidly realise that some of these agencies were solely focussed on making money and not the right placements for their clients.

So I wanted to do things differently…My passion has always about delivering the best customer service I possibly could, when I worked in clinic, and then as a recruiter, ensuring that everyone feels supported and looked after throughout their journey. That is what motivates me daily, I love to hear people’s stories and then assist them in the next step of their career, and support clients to help solve their recruitment issues, so here we are! I live in Cheshire with my partner and 2 rescue dogs, and volunteer for the Blue Cross Horse Welfare team in my spare time.

 

Laura Collings - Director 

When I graduated from the University of Edinburgh 20 years ago, recruitment wasn't a path I'd considered. This particular journey started 10 years ago when I joined a small local family-run firm called Vets Now as a member of their HR team. After years working in sales, customer and project management, how companies develop and look after their employees had become a particular focus for me. It therefore made sense to begin studying for my Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. As time went by I fell in love with the veterinary industry and will never forget how at home I felt. I had the opportunity to undertake a 6 month secondment in the Recruitment Team and never looked back. I was lucky enough to be the first team member to work on the Nursing Edge programme and to have involvement in the initial set up of the original contact centre team.

Fast forward to the end of 2016 and I was approached by Debbie to join her in a little start-up called Independent Vetcare. We've been instrumental to the huge growth in the business and I am very proud of what we achieved in developing the inhouse function into what it is today. As part of the Farm Working Group, I've also helped expand the focus of staffing for this emerging discipline. I now want to take those years of experience in both ECC and first opinion and share them with both clients and candidates on a closer one-to-one basis. I believe working with a smaller portfolio, affording more time to each candidate and client as an individual will deliver the best results for all.

The difference that can be made when getting the team dynamic right within veterinary practice is so incredibly important and is what gives me my sense of purpose. The fact that I'm still in touch with many of those vets and nurses I first helped place into roles all those years ago, is what makes what I do so special to me.  It's a true privilege to work with individuals who are so passionate about what they do and who do so much for others.

I live in Fife with my husband, two teenagers and rescue cat, Topsy.
              

                                                            

We are proud to be accredited by the Good Business Charter.  The GBC consists of 10 components and more details for each of these components can be found on their website: www.goodbusinesscharter.com  As an organisation with under 51 employees:

 

  1. We commit to pay our directly employed and regularly contracted staff the real living wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation.
  2. We commit to only use zero or minimal hours contracts when it is mutually beneficial and accepted by both us and the employee.
  3. We will actively support and encourage employee well-being treating those with legitimate sickness in a fair and respectful manner and promote access to impartial support and advice for employees with physical and mental health needs.
  4. We commit to having a way where every employee can make suggestions or raise issues with senior management.
  5. We commit to have robust measures in place to encourage diversity at key stages of recruitment, selection and retention of employees and to prevent harassment or victimisation in the workplace.
  6. We care about the environment and encourage the development of good environmental practice as an organisation, seeking to minimise our impact and commit to improve it.
  7. We commit to pay our taxes where applicable, only use tax allowances for the purpose intended, and be transparent in our relationship with HMRC.
  8. We have a clear commitment to our stakeholders and prioritise addressing and learning from stakeholder feedback, seeking to put negative issues right.
  9. We commit to ethical sourcing of anything we purchase, such as by applying standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code where relevant. 
  10. We commit to paying our suppliers promptly, and within at least 30 days.

 

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