About Carlton Professional.

Carlton Professional:
Veterinary Jobs; Locum & Permanent Positions across the UK.

Carlton Professional  was established in 1998 by a practicing veterinary surgeon who saw an opportunity to develop the sort of locum agency he wanted to utilise. The company was developed by bringing on board an experienced team of recruitment professionals, drawing on both of these areas of expertise to focus on specialist recruitment to the veterinary profession. The company has grown from strength to strength and covers all areas of both veterinary practice and associated industry. We provide permanent and locum job opportunities for vets and veterinary nurses, and offer a customised recruitment service for practices looking to expand their teams.

We have dedicated individuals within the Carlton team who work in specific areas, whether that’s representing candidates looking for their next permanent job, or coordinating locums with ever-changing availability! We work closely with our clients to get a good understanding of their needs and match the skills and experience of our candidates to get the right person for their job.

We receive new vet and vet nurse applications on a daily basis – we therefore benefit from a resource of candidates that is constantly renewing itself, while maintaining a strong core of long-established, skilled and reliable locums. We like to think of you as one of OUR TEAM and so will keep you regularly updated with veterinary job vacancies and progress reports. We are here to answer any queries you may have and to help you through the challenges of locum life if you need it. So, contact our team today. We have jobs available in veterinary practices nationwide across the UK as vets, vet nurses, practice managers, or reception staff. We also place into veterinary industry positions. So whether veterinary practice work, veterinary sales, technical advice, pharmaceutical representative or research is your preference, we can find the job for you.

Who We Are

Carl Jarrett Director Carlton Professional Recruitment

Carl Jarrett


Company Director

I initially started Carlton Professional Recruitment Ltd in 1998 after seeing an opportunity to run a veterinary recruitment agency that would offer both the personal and friendly service I required along with the professional approach needed to ensure a reliable and effective recruitment service. I continue to work part-time as a practicing veterinarian allowing me to stay in touch and “in-contact” with the veterinary profession first hand. We are truly a veterinary company run by a vet for the veterinary profession; understanding the needs and requirements of veterinary practice along with the excitement and joy derived from a career in the veterinary profession.

Our Team


Thomas Teare

Veterinary Recruitment Consultant
East of England, The North & Scotland

Having grown up around animals and wildlife, I was thrilled to find myself working in the veterinary sector in some form or another.  I couldn’t have asked to be a part of a friendlier team of people at Carlton Professional

I look after recruitment throughout the North of England and Scotland and take great satisfaction in matching the perfect candidate to the right position.

I am the proud father of a beautiful cactus and an equally charming succulent, enjoying seeing the reward of something growing. I enjoy spending my free time baking, and therefore consequentially going for runs in the local country park.

Veterinary Consultant Manager

Megan Wakawaka

Manager & Lead Veterinary Recruitment Consultant
London & South East

I live on a small holding with my ever-growing menagerie. I have rescued 2 goats and a donkey who live with my 2 horses, 5 dogs and 3 cats in chaotic harmony! I joined Carlton Professional in September 2019 as Company Manager and Senior Recruitment Consultant.

I look after recruitment throughout London and the South East of England. I pride myself on my client and candidate relationships, ensuring I can deliver a professional, but personal, service from end to end. I look forward to working alongside the team and delivering excellence to our clients and candidates

Veterinary locum Recruitment consultant

Lydia Rees

Veterinary Recruitment Consultant
Southwest, Midlands, Wales, Northern Ireland & Ireland

I am very excited to be part of Carlton Professional’s wonderful team as a Recruitment Consultant. I look after locum and permanent positions across the Midlands, South West, Wales, Northern Ireland & Ireland. My aim is to build the best relationships with my clients and candidates, ensuring that everyone involved is satisfied and placements are successful.

In my free time I am a practicing Spiritualist, mindfulness meditation enthusiast and avid nature lover. You can usually find me with my head in a book, drinking coffee or exploring nature with my beautiful pooch.

Carlton Professional Recruitment Admin

Frances Baxter

Resource Administrator

Having always had a career in administration, I took a break 5 years ago to have my son who has recently started school. Whilst I was at home during this time, I completed Level 1 in Bookkeeping through self-study which I thoroughly enjoyed. I joined Carlton Professional in September 2019 and couldn’t have joined a friendlier team.

I am responsible for the administrative, resourcing, financial matters and accounts. I also enjoy communicating with practices and candidates to determine their needs which helps me establish where they will be suited.


Alistair Locke Hart

Support Administrator & Resourcer.

Having completed my degree at the University of Sheffield,   I have transferred my skills to working for Carlton Professional.

My responsibilities cover resourcing, the organisation of locum roles along with variety of supportive administrative duties. I always enjoy speaking to our clients and making sure that we are tailoring our service to your specific needs.

 In my spare time I can normally be found either walking in my local country park or playing with my band. 

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for Veterinary Locum Agency

No. The reason for this is to keep our agency fees substantially lower than if we did. This means we charge the veterinary recruiting business a fixed day fee for supplying a veterinary locum. The veterinary locum will be paid directly by your business as a contractor, independent to our agency fee. This keeps all charges and fees very transparent.

Locums are paid a week after they have worked a period. However the veterinary practice will likely pay the agency invoice at 4 weeks. If the agency places 20 vets per week, that’s around £25,000 in salaries per week (£100,000 per month). To cover this shortfall the invoices are often factored and credit is attained. This cost would have to inevitably be passed onto the client practice in the form of higher fees. In addition to this, there is also a consideration of potential 12% employers national insurance contributions to add to this. Because of this we opt not to run as a payroll agency and that keeps our fees to you down by 50% compared to a payroll agency.

This will depend on how you engage the locum. Locum vets are independent contractors and generally will work on either a self employed or limited company basis or will engage the services of an umbrella finance organisation to invoice on their behalf. In engaging SE or Ltd Co contractors, as long as you ensure they are aware of and compliant to the IR35 legislation then they are responsible for paying their own national insurance contributions. However if you engage a locum and process their P45 through your PAYE system then they are deemed as “employed” by the practice and yes, the business is liable to contribute to employers national insurance for them. It is more common for locum vet nurses to be engaged by the practice on a PAYE basis due to difficulties in achieving IR35 compliance however each case should be assessed independently. This needs to be borne in mind when negotiating the rate of pay for employed verses contractor individuals, as contractors will be paying their own NI contributions and so will be factoring this into their rates.

Carlton Announcement.

Enhanced Pay Rates being Offered –  Locum Staff shortages are seeing some positions attracting enhanced pay rates- Ask today.

IR35 –  We have negotiated  solutions and options  for Limited Company Vets to continue operating.  Ask today

Your Availability – Call us today and update your availability so we can get searching for you. 

Carlton Professional Announcment