JHP Recruitment is a leading provider of veterinary locums, offering opportunities both to people who want to be locums and practices which need locums. Having been named ‘Best Veterinary Recruitment Specialists UK 2018’ at the LUX Pet Product and Services awards, and ‘Best Start Up Business’ at the Express & Echo Business Awards, JHP is rapidly becoming the most trusted place for locum vets and nurses to find work, and practices to hire locum staff.

Recently, we spoke to Justin Powlesland, founder and Director of JHP Recruitment, and asked him about the nature of locuming in the modern working environment. Here’s what he had to say:

The Webinar Vet: What’s the story behind JHP Recruitment?

Justin Powlesland: After recruiting in the Veterinary Industry since 2008, I decided to set up JHP Recruitment as I wanted a company that could be trusted by clients and candidates to do the best job possible.

TWV: What’s happened since then?

JP: We started the company with just 2 of us and it was based in my converted garage! We now have a team of 14 and this year moved into our 4th office since we started the company. We are now in a 2200sq ft office with plenty of room to grow.

TWV: Have you faced any challenges along the way?

JP: Initially it was very difficult to find staff for the business that had the same vision and determination as myself. After the first 3 or 4 consultants were brought into the company, things got easier.

TWV: It’s clearly not slowed you down. Tell us about some of your accolades.

JP: We have won 2 awards which are; ‘Best Veterinary Recruitment specialists UK’ at the LUX Pet Product & Services Awards 2018 and we have also won a ‘Best Start up Business’ award at the Express & Echo Business Awards. We have also been nominated as ‘Best Small Business’ at the Western Morning News Awards with the winner being announced on 22nd November 2018.

TWV: What do you enjoy most about your job?

JP: The people that I get to speak with every day. Everyone is always so friendly and welcoming and I love to hear about the work they are doing to help animals.

TWV: Do you think there are challenges facing the veterinary world?

JP: Personally I think the main challenge seems to be encouraging people to train as Vets and Vet Nurses. It is well documented that there is a lack of qualified Vets and Nurses in the UK and I don’t think that the long days that they work helps to encourage people into the industry. I have been speaking with many clinics over the last year or so and I know that many are starting to reduce the hours that Vets tend to work. It is such a rewarding industry to work in so I really hope that we see the numbers increasing on the intakes into universities.

TWV: Do you have any other exciting news for us?

JP: We have 2 new Consultants due to join the team very soon and we are also starting to work with clients on ‘non-clinical’ roles which we hope will help diversify the company. On a personal level, I have been selected to play for the England Golf Captain’s team on 13th September which I am very excited about!!!!

JHP Recruitment will be sponsoring the following webinars in Virtual Congress 2019:

Common feline poisons

We will discuss common plants, pesticides and household products that felines may encounter, along with clinical signs seen and current treatment options available. This lecture will be aimed towards nurses in all types of small animal practice who wish to feel more confident in dealing with types of patients and to improve upon their nursing management of these cases.

Anaesthesia of the BOAS Patient

Brachycephalic breeds have increased massively in popularity over the past few years, and so it is far more common that we have to anaesthetise these patients on an almost daily basis. This lecture explains what BOAS is and how it can be diagnosed, along with how to manage these patients from the time of pre-medication, right through to the recovery period.

Learning Objectives:

To understand what BOAS is

To learn how it can be diagnosed

To learn what breeds can be affected

To gain confidence in anaesthetising these patients

To appreciate what risks these patients can be exposed to whilst undergoing general anaesthesia

Nursing the fragile eye and recognising ocular pain

There are a few things to consider when nursing patients with a condition causing the eye to become fragile that could make a huge difference to their care and potentially their outcome. This presentation will help you to recognise ocular pain and give you some tips that will provide more specific nursing care to our ophthalmology patients.

Learning objectives:

1-Recognise ocular pain

2-Handling and restraint of ophthalmology patients

3-What we mean by fragile eye

4-Possibly causes of a fragile eye

5-Care for a ‘fragile eye’ patient

Exploratory Laparotomy: A Guided Tour

Exploratory laparotomy is a commonly performed surgical procedure, both as a diagnostic test and also to allow surgical treatment to be applied.

In order to gain the maximum amount of information from this procedure, the surgeon needs a good pre-operative evaluation of the patient, knowledge of the anatomy of the abdominal viscera, a consideration of the likely diagnoses and the surgical treatment likely to be needed to manage these, and a plan for what additional procedures, e.g. biopsy, feeding tube placement, drain placement might also be needed at the same time.

This webinar will describe a logical anatomical approach to the exploration of the abdominal cavity to ensure that all the structures present are evaluated and to maximise the diagnostic information taken from this procedure.

Five Learning Objectives:

After this lecture the delegates will be able to:

Decide when to perform exploratory laparotomy as a surgical procedure

Understand what instruments are need for this procedure

Develop a logical plan for exploration of the abdominal viscera

Under stand what additional procedures might be required at the same time

Perform appropriate and secure closure of a laparotomy wound

Top tips for using a haematology analyser in practice – The role of a blood smear exam

Lecture aims to provide the ‘missing link’ to using automated haematology analysers in practice. Common machine errors that could lead to misinterpretation will be revealed, and top tips will be given on how to prepare a high quality blood smear that supplements the automated analysis.  A systematic, efficient approach to examining a blood smear will be described, which will be beneficial for even those who don’t use automated analysers.

5 learning objectives:

Recognise common errors generated by automated hematology analysers

Be able to prepare a high quality blood smear

Learn to orient on a blood smear efficiently

Understand the method of platelet concentration estimation from a blood smear

Recognise common changes in erythrocytes and leukocytes on a blood smear

Traumatic brain injury – how to keep your (and your patient’s) head together

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a relatively common presentation to the small animal emergency clinician. The pathophysiology is complex and can be broken down into primary and secondary injury where the therapy of the primary injury must be tailored to prevent or ameliorate secondary injury which is equally life threatening. Neurological assessment of the patient will be covered with a focus on monitoring tools to aid in progression or improvement of neurological signs. The discussion of treatment of TBI will cover both primary and secondary injury as well as current standards in human medicine and novel therapies.

5 Learning objectives

Be able to apply general approach to an emergency patient and apply this to head injury with a focus on emergency neurological evaluation and assessment.

Differentiate between primary and secondary injury and the pathophysiology of these.

General therapy of traumatic brain injury with a focus on primary injury management and secondary injury prevention/minimisation.

Apply neurological assessment and monitoring techniques

Understand prognostic indicators

If you want to watch these fantastic webinars, plus another 45 hours of content, you’ll want to get your ticket to Virtual Congress 2019 to avoid missing out! You can get your ticket today simply by clicking the link here.


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