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Spaniel Charity Benefits From Christmas Donation

A1 Locums is delighted to announce the name of the second charity that will benefit from donations this Christmas after a decision was made to support a charity rather than send cards and gifts.

Cocker and English Springer Spaniel Rescue believe that every Spaniel should have the opportunity of a happy and fulfilled life in a loving home and that everyone who owns one, should have a positive experience and one that enhances their quality of life.

This was the aim of two retired couples, who having worked for a previous charity,  set up Cocker and English Springer Spaniel Rescue in March 2010. Passionate about the breeds and owners of many dogs, they wanted to ensure that these loving breeds found the best possible homes. In August 2010, CAESSR gained Charity status and are now recognised by the Kennel Club and listed in the Kennel Club Rescue Directory.

The charity, with its network of volunteers, has been able to expand its operation from its initial starting point in the Midlands, to throughout the country. It has a team of rehoming folk, who go out and check that the new homes would be suitable for the dogs which are to be rehomed. They are also supported by a band of foster parents and homes, as well as the support of two kennels. Some dogs are better suited, because of age, illness or trauma, to go into a foster home, rather than kennels.

CAESSR is constantly raising money to cover the monthly veterinary and kennel bills; the latter can be over £1,000 per month, plus veterinary bills, grooming bills, transportation and supporting the foster dogs, who without the charities support, would not be rehomed.

The veterinary bills are also a large cost of the care, with bills between £1,000 to £4,000 per month. For our elderly dogs and those with long-term illness, the charity supports them where necessary through their lifetime. A dog with a pacemaker or long- term heart surgery, can be draining on the charity, but with the help of donations, this amount is met.

A1 Locums has a special interest in this charity as one of the A1 team, Anna Robertson, volunteers as a rehomer, going out and chatting with couples and families, looking to take on one of the dogs from the charity.  She said “I have worked with the charity from the beginning, having taken on a 5-year-old springer, who was adorable one minute, but had aggression tendencies. The group helped us and supported us with training and advice from a gun dog trainer and some good veterinary advice. We had Digger for 10 years and we finally said good-bye to him at the age of 15 in July.

“We are now blessed with a 4-year-old golden working cocker called Bertram, who is adorable, full of energy and as mad as a hatter. Sadly, we are already his third home, but this one will be his forever home now without a doubt. I love working with this charity and am always amazed by the circumstances of some of these dogs which come to us. I also love going to visit their new homes and listening passionately over a cup of tea to the new families who are looking to take on a new dog and listening to their stories of the ones who they have sadly lost and how they are now ready to take on a set of new paws.”

John Powell for the charity, was delighted that A1 Locums were going to donate to the charity and assured them the money would be well spent!

A1 Locums is a specialist recruitment agency for the veterinary sector, placing vets and nurses in jobs throughout the UK.

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Christmas Cheer for B.A.R.K.s Banbury

A1 Locums brings Christmas Cheer to Guinea Pig Charity

This Christmas, instead of sending gifts and cards, A1 Locums has nominated three different charities to support. As a recruitment company that specialises in veterinary placements, we feel it is only right to choose animal charities!

The first charity we will be supporting is B.A.R.K.s Banbury. It’s been four months since we adopted our two gorgeous guinea pigs, Bob and Barry from this charity and the boys have brought us nothing but joy.  They happily keep our staff amused with their antics. Both have settled in well and are very chatty! They’re a special addition to our office team, and can frequently be found on the lap of a staff member, wrapped in a cosy blanket. They’ve each made their modelling debut too, having been featured on the company leaflet and on many social media posts.

Ann from the B.A.R.K.s charity says “Thank you so much to A1 Locums. BARKS’ main expenditure is medical bills, typically £2000-£3000 per month, covering neutering, vaccination and of course health issues. We neuter all domestic animals and vaccinate all cats, rabbits and puppies (we only handle a small number of dogs, all youngsters).

“The second largest expenditure is on bedding, food and litter. Over and above this we have to maintain the pens and run a safe environment for both animals and volunteers, but admin, travelling (home visits) and website costs are, where possible, kept to zero levels by means of the core team donating out of their own pockets. We struggle to cover costs each and every month.

With such practical needs and recognising the excellent work they do, A1 Locums is proud to be supporting this worthy charity.

More on our next charity very soon.

Bob and Barry, our two guinea pigs
Bob and Barry, our two guinea pigs
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Staying at the cutting edge of veterinary science

Smart people never stop learning…

Staying at the cutting edge of veterinary science often means you have to keep learning and studying, even after you have qualified as a vet or nurse.

That’s sometimes easier said than done when you have years of study behind you, a busy family life and a burgeoning career.

Oncore knows exactly what those challenges are and they have devised CPD modules to make your learning as interesting and rewarding possible. They have been providing online education to the profession for just over 6 years, and have developed courses in a wide variety of disciplines.

A1 Locums is delighted to be teaming up with Oncore to host a competition during London Vet Show, offering the winners each a free CPD course of their choice.

A1 Locums Managing Director Clare Alderton says “Many thanks to Oncore for providing the fantastic prizes for our competition to promote our app. It’s a pleasure working with them as we recognize the value of their training and know that you’ll come away from each course with personalised, practical learning that is relevant to you, your practice and your team. You’re able to discuss current challenges from practice (and find the solutions) alongside your tutor and other participants.”

ONCORE is run by veterinary nurse Jill Macdonald who says “Our CPD is a little different from other providers – our courses provide expert tutor guidance and support, an interactive and engaging learning experience, and the opportunity for assessment and feedback on coursework. Most of our courses are suitable for both vets and nurses, and if you take a look at the current course selection you can see why. Many of these skills are needed by both members of the practice team, and it’s really useful for both vets and nurses to study alongside each other, and understand each other’s perspective better, whether it be a management topic, or anaesthesia, or client care.”

Courses run over set start dates as group courses, and for each 3-week course you will receive ongoing guidance, support and advice via ONCORE’s active learning forums, with your final week allocated for self-study to complete your coursework.

Discount for A1 locums clients
ONCORE have been proud to work with A1 Locums over the past few years, and offer a 5% discount to all bookings that come through A1 Locums, using the code that they provide you with.

Jill used to perform locum nursing work, and A1 Locums were her locum agency of choice. She says “The team at A1 are brilliant. They are so knowledgeable about the profession and understand the different roles, and what will suit each locum. They are also really friendly and helpful, and I will always use A1 should I ever find the time to slot in some locum work again!”

Future plans
ONCORE plans to develop two courses in the near future: a further course to enhance the nurse’s role in managing medical patients in practice, tutored by Nicola Ackerman, and a course to help nurses with out-of-hours and ECC work, tutored by Lou Northway.

Partnerships
ONCORE has some great partnerships with associated veterinary businesses, and is always looking to collaborate, so if you’d like to know more, please contact them.

A1 Locums is currently exhibiting at Stand T59 at the London Vet Show.  TO WIN A FREE CPD course of your own choice: See our A1 Locums Facebook posts on how to enter the London Vet Show competition.  Closing date is at noon on 19 Nov 2018. The winner will be drawn at random on the same day.

Please visit the Oncore website to see the full range of CPD courses available.

ONCORE ePD
Contact email: info@oncoreepd.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)121 663 1971

A1 Locums works with Oncore to provide CPD courses for vets and nurses
A1 Locums works with Oncore to provide CPD courses for vets and nurses.
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Top Cat rules A1 Locums on International Cat Day

Author: Graham Simons (Recruiter magazine) 8 August 2018

In honour of International Cat Day, Recruiter spoke to a recruitment agency that has a feline receptionist.

Earlier this summer, Recruiter brought you a story about the benefits of having canine consultants to call upon to celebrate Bring Your Dog to Work Day.

In the interests of balance, Recruiter spoke to veterinarian staffing agency A1 Locums about their feline receptionist TC.

Senior recruitment consultant Sophie Vickers explained TC’s in a job share with his canine companion, a black Labrador by the name of Wilbur.

TC the A1 Locums cat with a copy of Recruiter
TC the A1 Locums cat with a copy of Recruiter

According to Vickers, TC and Wilbur are known to come around and meet visitors to the office with a friendly miaow or woof, which she says always lifts the mood of the office and makes everyone smile.

TC doesn’t have a long commute as his home is just next door to the office where he lives with his human, A1 Locums director Clare Alderton.

And it seems TC doesn’t seem to make a distinction between his own home and the office. “He knows all of us and comes and gets treats, or sits or lies on our desks… He just comes in, especially in the winter. He goes off when he wants to and comes back when he wants a bit of a fuss from everybody.”

While TC is a friendly kitty, interaction with him is on his own terms, Vickers adds.

“He’s quite grumpy. He doesn’t like being cuddled – it’s fuss on his own accord. He’ll walk across everybody’s keyboards. If you’ve got any paperwork, he’ll lie across that… if there’s any paperwork, it’s always got muddy prints on because he’s walked across our desks or something similar.”

But it appears TC’s been a free spirit since he was little. “When he was a kitten, Clare had her window open. He made a swift exit out the window and he was hanging on for dear life with his little claws. Anne made Clare go and make a cup of tea as a distraction and [recruitment manager] Anne [McManus] went to catch him. We think that’s one of his nine lives done.

“In the house it’s all open plan. So TC decides to run up the banister, falls off and lands on the sofa. He didn’t speak to anyone for a couple of days through pure embarrassment!”

Despite all this, we know that all the staff at A1 Locums are feline that TC is the purrfect member of the fur-midable team of paw-some recruiters [enough of the cat puns – Ed.].

Sourcewww.recruiter.co.uk – editorial email: recruiter.editorial@redactive.co.uk

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App adds value as a recruiting tool

Almost six months after launching our A1 Locums app, we take a look at how it’s changed the way we communicate with our vets and nurses.

Managing Director Clare Alderton says ‘Since launching, we have listened to feedback from our candidates and implemented a few minor but positive changes. In effect, we have evolved the design to simplify the recruiting process even further.”

A1 Locums app adds value to the recruiting process
A1 Locums app adds value to the recruiting process

Once you’ve downloaded the A1 Locums app, you’re able to register directly with us, load a list of your available dates and message us with your preferences. You can browse the jobs by location or date and apply for any role that catches your eye, there and then. Using the app can speed up the job-hunting process for you. When you contact us we automatically recognise your profile, know who you are, where and when you wish to work and how we can potentially assist you.

As a job-seeker you can set your preferences to receive only certain emails via push groups, relevant to the type of work you are looking for,  areas or the companies you’d like to work with.

Clare says “The new WhattsApp button has been a popular addition. Sometimes all you want is a human voice!”

As a locum you may be free at short notice, and equally, practices may find, at the drop of a hat, that they need additional staff to cover a shift.  With the information we get from our app holders, we can facilitate a speedy turnaround and a suitable match. It’s a plain and simple platform yet it’s proved invaluable to the veterinary professionals we deal with on a daily basis.

Download the A1 Locums app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store now.