What Simon Wanted

Simon wanted to work in a clinic where T.E.A.M. (Together, Everyone Achieves More) was one of their core values.

As a gifted surgeon (with a great sense of humour) it was important for Julie to find Simon a clinic where his skills & expertise would be recognised (not only financially) by his peers who were all about ensuring the absolute best outcome for their patients.

By the time Julie started working with Simon, he had multiple job offers on the table all at the same time.  Only one of those was Julie’s client.

Julie helped him work through which was the best clinic for him (not her).

After each interview she suggested he write up a list of pros/cons of the job.  He had so many interviews in such a short space of time it would’ve been very easy for all the jobs to merge into one and all look the same.  Or to confuse which interviewer promised which deal.

She then suggested he make a list and weight what was important to him in his ideal job, and then match those weightings against each job offer.

Simon “tested” out Julie’s client:  a two days informal, no obligation, relaxed trial was arranged.  This enabled Simon to see whether Julie’s client was for him or not (and vice versa).

He said he knew early on the first day this was where he wanted to work.

It’s having happy endings like this that light Julie up and get her out of bed every morning!

What Simon Said

“Julie was so helpful every step of the way….

“From tips on interview technique, to ironing out contract details, she had all bases covered.

“Julie took the time to get to know me, ensuring that she could find me the perfect job.

“I am forever grateful!”


What the Clinic Wanted

The client had been advertising extensively in its own right for a Companion Animal Veterinarian for one of its three clinics.

Apart from the obvious technical skills – surgical & consults – they were looking for someone who would fit right in from the get-go.

Yes – they wanted someone who’d laugh along with the jokes – but more so, someone who actually understood the jokes.

Their are many different nationalities working inside the clinic and it was critical the new team member fitted in as if they’d always been on the team.

Fortunately, Simon was the very first Companion Animal veterinarian Julie presented to the clinic and it was the perfect match.

Offering Simon the opportunity to test them all out by working for a couple of days with them enabled everyone to see whether the relationship was going to work.   And it did!

As one of the directors said after the first day:  “we just knew Simon was the team member we’d been waiting for!  He’s perfect! – thank you!”

“We engaged Vetstaff to full a permanent position within our team.

“Previously I have spent hours on this task but have come to a simple conclusion: “Why spend time on tasks that you can pay somebody to do better and more efficiently?”

“The recruitment consultant spent time getting to know our team and matched a candidate perfectly. During the process she was in contact with updates and progress, her manner was always professional, courteous and friendly. Not only did I love the fact that she got to know us, it was great that we could choose the level the employment went to i.e.: from finding employees to contract, you get to choose when to stop. I’ll be using Vetstaff again for sure.”

Raewyn Morgan, Vet Centre

“We engaged VetStaff to assist with the development and appointment of a new position within our business. VetStaff listened and understood what particular skills, and more importantly, the attributes, that were required of the person specification to fill the position description.

With veterinary industry experience within VetStaff, it meant we could quickly communicate and understand what it was we were wanting … combined with wider industry experience outside the veterinary profession it also meant we were not following industry dogma.

David McDonnell, Bay of Plenty Vets

I would like to thank you for all your help and advice over the past few months. I will definitely be recommending you if any friends are thinking of heading to New Zealand.

Barbara Deane - Locum Vet

Hi Julie – I’d just like to say that communication with you has been fabulous and very easy.

I’m pretty busy and being able to text or email without judgement or negative outcomes from that has made things very easy for me.

The first placement I had was at a very lovely, easy going clinic and they were all very welcoming.

Your help with how to send invoices/ time sheets etc was all very straight forward. – my placement went without a hitch 🙂

I’d definitely recommend VetStaff!

Mel R - Locum Vet