Our Leadership

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Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS, is an internationally respected Search Consultant and Executive Recruiter, based in the United States and ranked in the top 1% of search consultants worldwide. Stacy builds world class Animal Health, Veterinary and Pet Industry organizations. She is a Talent Scout and Workplace/Workforce expert in the Animal Health Industry and Veterinary Profession and specializes in direct hire placements in the Animal Health, Animal Nutrition, Animal Sciences, Agriculture, Veterinary and Pet Specialty Industries. Stacy helps companies of all sizes throughout the United States, Canada and abroad locate, recruit and hire the best talent for their specific needs. Stacy has assisted many of the major Animal Health Companies in recruiting C-Level executives, senior level management personnel, mid-level management and individual contributors. In addition, Stacy has helped start-up Animal Health and Veterinary Companies build their entire teams. She has assisted numerous veterinary hospitals across the United States in finding executive leadership, associate veterinarians, medical directors, chief of staff and boarded veterinary specialists. With 20 years of executive search and recruiting experience, Stacy has one of the highest success rates in the industry and has filled more positions in the Animal Health Industry and Veterinary Profession in the United States than any other recruiter. She was also the first recruiter in the United States to specialize in both the Animal Health Industry and Veterinary Profession as a search practice specialty.

Stacy was a National Top Ten Account Executive and Pacesetter for one of the world’s largest search firms and the #1 recruiter in the Southwest region of the United States before starting her own firm.

Prior to specializing in the Animal Health, Pet Industry and Veterinary Industries, Stacy specialized in placing sales and marketing executives for Fortune 500 Companies, mainly in the Consumer Packaged Goods area including in the food and beverage industry, pet food and cosmetics industries. She also recruited for human hospitals. In addition, she placed professionals in the broadcast television industry including television producers for a major cable TV network. She placed CPA’s with a Big 5 Public Accounting Firm and recruited for a Natural Gas Company, a computer software company, a leading provider of fiber based communications services, and in the fashion industry for one of the biggest names in fashion.

She is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a member of an elite group of search professionals who have passed this challenging exam to show her commitment to the advancement of professional and ethical standards and to the quality of the work performed in the Search Profession. Stacy served as a board member for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) for four years and is a preferred member of Top Echelon. She has won numerous awards in the search industry over the years and is one of 27 known $1MM- executive recruiting professionals known in the United States. She was a 2014 Finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year recognized by Women in the Pet Industry.

In addition to being a Certified Personnel Consultant, Stacy is a Certified Employee Retention Specialist (CERS) and a member of an elite group of about 30 search professionals who have passed this challenging exam. Finding and retaining employees is the #1 concern of employers in today’s marketplace and this certification helps our clients become better at retaining their employees in order for them to have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Stacy is a member of the following organizations: American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV) (affiliate member), Vet Partners, Toastmasters, Top Echelon and the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) (past Board of Directors Member). She has been a contributor for Next Level Training, the leading Recruiting Industry Training Firm. Stacy has a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Oklahoma State University and worked in the Television Broadcasting and Advertising Industries before joining the search profession in 1997.

Stacy has been asked to speak at numerous veterinary conferences including at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) conference and the Central Veterinary Conference (CVC).

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Darrell Pursell –Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Executive Search Consultant with The VET Recruiter®

DP HeadshotDarrell Pursell is an Executive Recruiter and Search Consultant and Chief Operating Officer for The VET Recruiter®. Darrell works with Animal Health Companies, Animal Nutrition Companies, Pet Product Companies and Veterinary businesses to help them identify, recruit and land the most suitable talent for their hiring needs. Client companies range from Fortune 100 to midsize and start-up ventures and veterinary hospitals. Clients include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device companies, nutraceutical and pet food companies, companies involved with food safety diagnostics, pathogen control, animal safety, diagnostics, capital equipment, Animal Health Industry suppliers, feed ingredient and feed manufacturers, distribution companies, genomics companies, emerging technology development companies and veterinary hospitals; privately and corporate owned.

Darrell specializes in placing C-level, vice presidents, directors, mid-level management, field personnel, scientists, marketing, sales, research and development, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, technical services, nutritionists, veterinarian doctors and veterinary specialists.

Prior to joining the executive search and recruiting profession, Darrell was in the accounting and finance profession. He was a Corporate Controller for a telecommunications company and was an Audit Manager in big 5 public accounting where he provided audit services and business advice to SEC Fortune 500 clients. He works effectively with a broad spectrum of senior management of SEC, Fortune 500, middle market clients and start-up ventures.

Darrell is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a member of an elite group of search professionals who have passed this challenging exam to show his commitment to the advancement of professional and ethical standards and to the quality of the work performed in the Search Profession.

In addition to being a CPC, Darrell is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and he does maintain an active CPA license.

He has diverse industry experience including animal health, veterinary, pet products, telecom, software, energy, manufacturing, health-care, financial institutions and higher education.