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Why should you choose Liberty Vets for your next hire?

If you are looking to make a hire, here are some reasons why Liberty Vets Recruitment are the agency you should choose:

Firstly, Liberty Vets Recruitment offers a truly professional approach towards recruitment and has extensive experience within the veterinary recruitment industry.

We are able to take the time that is needed to properly understand exactly what it is that you’re looking for – if this means us travelling to visit the practice, so we can gain a real feel for the working environment… we are more than happy to do this.

We firmly believe that if we listen properly the first time, then we will only send you candidates that we know will tick all the boxes and means you will save time having to work your way through piles of applications that don’t match your criteria.

Here at Liberty Vets Recruitment we pride ourselves on providing quality candidates, rather than just sending you every CV that lands on our desk. It is for that reason that we heavily screen our candidates before we send their CV to a potential employer.

Each candidate that we seek employment for will have gone through the following checks:

  • Right to work in the UK (Up to date Passport)
  • Visa / Work Permit (if required)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • X2 Recent References
  • Skills Competency List
  • If there are still questions unanswered and for our peace of mind, we are in contact with a local veterinary surgeon, who acts as an advisor for us. We can make contact and ask him to call any candidate to discuss any queries we may have.

It is through all of these checks that we are confident and fully committed to any candidate that we submit to a client.

Taking all of the above into account, why wouldn’t you choose Liberty Vets Recruitment?

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Veterinary Conferences

Are you interested in attending more veterinary conferences to meet more veterinary surgeons, nurses and industry professionals? We’ve put together a short list of links to help you find your next veterinary conference:

BSAVA Congress

London Vet Show

BVA Congress

BVNA Congress

BSAVA Scottish Congress

BEVA Congress

BCVA Congress

SEVC Barcelona

NAVC Florida

East European Veterinary Conference

ESVD / ECVD Congress

FECAVA Euro Congress

SPVS Congress

VPMA Congress

BSAVA Northern Irish Congress

LAVC Conference

WSAVA Congress

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Veterinary Universities

Thinking of becoming a vet or veterinary nurse? We’ve collated a shortlist of veterinary universities so you can plan your next step:

United Kingdom & Ireland Veterinary Universities

BRISTOL
Veterinary Admissions Clerk
University of Bristol, Senate House
Bristol BS8 1TH
Tel: 0117 928 9000

CAMBRIDGE
The Department Secretary
Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine
University of Cambridge, Madingley Road
Cambridge CB2 0ES
Tel: 01223 337600

DUBLIN
Programme Manager
UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre
UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 6245

EDINBURGH
Admissions Officer
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
University of Edinburgh, Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1QH
Tel: 0131 650 6130

GLASGOW
Admissions Officer
University of Glasgow Veterinary School
464 Bearsden Road, Bearsden Road
Glasgow, G61 1QH
Tel: 0141 330 5700

LIVERPOOL
The Admissions Sub-Dean
Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, L69 7ZJ
Tel: 0151 794 2000

LONDON
The Head of Registry
The Royal Veterinary College
Royal College Street
London, NW1 0TU
Tel: 020 7468 5000

NOTTINGHAM
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD
Tel: 0115 951 5151

SURREY
Admissions Officer
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey, GU2 7XH
Tel: 01483 300 800

Australia

MELBOURNE
The University of Melbourne
250 Princes Highway
Werribee
Victoria
3030
Australia
+61 3 9731 2000

MURDOCH
Murdoch University
Discovery Way
Perth
Western Australia
6150
+61 1300 652 494

QUEENSLAND
The University of Queensland
Sir Fred Schonell Drive
Brisbane
Queensland
4072
Australia
+61 7 3365 1111

SYDNEY
The University of Sydney
65 Parramatta Road
Camperdown
New South Wales
2050
Australia
+61 2 9351 3437

New Zealand

MASSEY
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North
4442
New Zealand

South Africa

PRETORIA
University of Pretoria
Veterinary Science Unit
Onderstepoort
Pretoria
0110
South Africa

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Optimising Your Interview Technique

You are at the interview stage because the employers of the position you’re applying for saw something they liked within your covering letter and CV, so a good first impression has already been made. But you need to back this up with a solid interview, so below is some advice on how to prepare for your interview.

Preparation

Make sure that you are prepared for the interview. Remember this is a two way meeting, not only a chance for the interviewer to gauge whether you’re suitable for the position – BUT also an opportunity for you to find out about the organisation and whether this is a company where you can picture yourself working day in day out with the job satisfaction you’re seeking.

This goes back to having proof read your CV, make sure that you are confident talking about your skills, qualifications, previous employment and experience. You don’t want to be unsure of anything you have included in your CV.

Prepare some questions to ask during the interview. It may be wise to use these questions as a fact finding mission about the specific job and organisation. At the stage of first interview try not to start the discussion of salary, unless the interviewer opens this discussion – this conversation is best kept for a second interview or when a job offer is made.

Homework

It is very important to make sure that you have done your homework on the company, aim to find out as much as possible. The interviewer will often ask “what do you know about us” and a blank face and “I don’t know” isn’t a good response.

A good start will be the company website, you should be able to find out how many branches the practice has, the current number of employees, services and products they offer. Failing that word of mouth is always good to finding out information that may not be on the website.

Dress Code & Appearance

No matter what position you are going for, always make sure your attire is smart business dress and that you are well groomed. You can always dress down if you arrive and are overdressed, but it is impossible to dress up from arriving casually dressed and you will feel far more comfortable being too smart than too casual.

Travel Times

Allow yourself plenty of time to ensure that you arrive a few minutes early. Check how long your overall journey will take and also check if there are any road works to try and avoid. Make sure that you have your contact’s telephone number in case of an unavoidable delay; you can call if you suspect you may be late.

The Interview

Make sure the employer knows the benefits of employing you. It is important to sell yourself by telling the employer details of your relevant skills and experience that you have to contribute to the organisation.

Find out what the key parts of the candidate specification are so you can show how you meet them. Ask how the job contributes to the success, efficiency and profitability of the organisation. Show that you have done some research.

Questions to Ask

Asking questions is important as it shows to the interviewer that you are interested to find out more and also shows that you have done some research on the company, especially if you ask some rhetorical questions.
Example questions to ask:

  1. Is there any room for career progression? This highlights your long term interest to stay within the organisation and progress your career. Be careful though as this could give the impression that you may be the type of candidate who will not stay within the role in which you’re applying for long. Gauge how the interview is going and whether it’s an appropriate time for this question.
  2. What is the team structure I’ll be working with and who will I be reporting to? As mentioned previously, this is as much of a chance for you to interview the company as for them to have a look at you. So you need to know what environment you’d be working within on a daily basis. You may decide that joining a small team doesn’t offer the support you require at this stage of your career.
  3. Mention something you’ve read about the company and ask a question about it. For example, “I read on your website that you have plans to open two new practices this year, what are your expansion plans?” This proves that you have done your homework on the practice and shows your seriousness for the role. It will also give you chance to relax whilst you listen to the interviewer. It is incredibly important to ask at least one question during the interview or else the interviewer will feel that they are getting nothing back from you and may feel that you are uninterested.

Closing the Interview

Agree exactly what the next steps will be, such as who will contact you to let you know if you have been successful and by what date. You should also find out if they are running second interviews and when they are likely to be. If you are interested in the position, make sure that you let the interviewer know.

Job Offer

If you are offered the position and that package is not quite as you were expecting or hoping for, then don’t be embarrassed to say. If you accept the offer whilst not being 100% happy with it, then these concerns will only deepen as time goes on. Let them know that you are very interested but is there any flexibility on the offer; they may have budgeted for negotiation on the package.

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CV Writing Tips

A CV is quite simply an advert to sell yourself and make you stand out from the rest as, until the interview stage, your potential employers only know what is on the paper in front of them. This makes your CV and covering letter vitally important. First impressions count for everything when competing against others especially. These CV writing tips will get you well on your way to your dream job:

What should my CV include?

Remember the initial aim is that your CV is read and responded to in a positive manner. Include information to gain interest, but be mindful of the fact that you don’t want to bore the reader. Try to keep your CV short and attractive between 1 and 4 pages long.

Essential Information includes:

Contact Details

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Mobile Number
  • Email Address

This may seem pretty self-explanatory, but you don’t want to be selected for the interview process only for your potential employer to be unable to contact you. Always double check that the contact numbers are correct.

Profile

You can choose to use this to outline what type of person you are and allow your potential employer a first chance to get to know your personality, but that should be included in your cover letter. Instead keep this professional and highlight your skills, industry knowledge, experience and abilities as they relate to employer needs. You might want to amend your professional profile so that it is targeted to each position you apply for.

CV Keywords

If you have an area of expertise, core skills, professional strengths, extra qualifications (eg ; Certificate Holder) then include these in your CV as these keywords will help make your CV stand out above other applications. So it pays to bear this in mind when writing your CV.

Employment History

The minimum that should be included is, Employer Name, Position Held, Dates of Employment, Summary of Duties and Responsibilities, Achievements and Accomplishments. It is important to show the employer that what you have achieved in each job, as this shows something that you could bring to their company.

Voluntary Employment / EMS Placements

It may be relevant to include voluntary contributions, these would strengthen your application if you lack relevant paid experience are seeking to explain gaps in employment. Listing your EMS placements is useful as this details different environments and practices you have been subject to already.

Education

Include dates that you studied and which school, university you gained your qualification(s).

Training / CPD

It may not be necessary to list all training courses attended, try to summarise your professional development. Only include training that is relevant to the position in which you’re applying. If you have a specialist area of expertise or are keen to pursue a specific interest try to include these CPD events, as this will show employers which route you want your career to go.

Memberships / Affiliations

If you are a member of professional organisations or are affiliated to them in any way, then include them with dates of registration eg RCVS – 01/01/2000

Referees

I would always recommend including the names, contact details and position they hold within the company. The majority of employers are going to request references, so if you choose not to include this it often slows the process down and could leave you at a disadvantage. If for any reason you do not wish your referees to be contacted without your consent, you can always say “Referee details available upon request”.

Cover Letter

A covering letter should always be sent whenever you submit your CV for any vacancy. The letter introduces your CV and is a great opportunity for your personality to be shown.

Much like your CV the covering letter is an advertisement of you, so should be seen as a marketing opportunity. The purpose of this letter is to highlight your key strengths in relevance to the position you are applying for, so remember to adapt your covering letter to match your potential employer’s needs – this can save a lot of time having to edit your CV for each application you send.

But still keep your CV up to date as using an out of date version lacks professionalism and gives the wrong impression to the employer.

Try to make the letter no longer than one page. Make sure that the information is presented in clear and concise paragraphs; you don’t want the person reading your cover letter to be put off by pages and pages of text and then not even get round to viewing your CV.

Essential Information includes:

  • Contact Details (as on the CV)
  • Introduction; declaring your interest in relation to the position
  • Detail your suitability for the position
  • Highlight you key skills and professional achievements
  • State your professional experience, highlight your success and sell yourself
  • Again express your interest in the role and thank them for taking the time to read your details

Hopefully after this great first impression the employer will already be interested in you and look forward to reading your CV further, in view to arranging an interview.

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