Stacy Pursell, CPC/CERS is an internationally respected Animal Health recruiter and Veterinary recruiter based in the United States and ranked in the top 1% of search consultants worldwide. She is a talent scout and workplace expert and workforce expert in the Veterinary profession, as well as the Animal Health, Animal Nutrition, Animal Science, Agriculture, and Pet Specialty industries.
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. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Stacy has been called a trend spotter and trailblazer, especially in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession, where she first developed the niche as a recruiting specialty. With 23 years of experience, Stacy has one of the highest success rates in the recruiting industry and has filled more positions as an Animal Health recruiter and Veterinary recruiter than any other search professional in the United States.
Animal Health and Veterinary recruiter – workplace workforce expert
Stacy was the first recruiter in the United States to specialize in the Animal Health industry, Pet industry, and Veterinary profession as a search practice specialty, and she prides herself on helping to build world-class organizations throughout the United States and Canada. During the course of meeting the needs of her clients as a Veterinary recruiter, Stacy has assisted numerous Veterinary hospitals, both corporate and privately owned, in filling the following positions, among others:
- Executive leadership
- Associate Veterinarian
- Medical Director
- Chief of Staff
- Boarded Veterinary Specialist
In addition, due to her vast knowledge as a workplace expert and workforce expert in the Veterinary profession, Stacy has been asked to speak for various Veterinary associations and at numerous Veterinary conferences and meetings. These include the following:
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Conference
- American Veterinary Medical Association Economics Summit
- Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) Conference
- Western Veterinary Conference (WVC)
- American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV)
- Vet Partners
Stacy has built a reputation as a world-class Veterinary recruiter within the industry and the profession throughout the United States, Canada, and in other parts of the world. Her clients consistently choose her to represent them on their most challenging searches because of her dedication to get the job done right.
Animal health recruiter and workforce expert
As an Animal Health recruiter, Stacy has assisted many of the major Animal Health companies, successfully recruiting and hiring C-level executives, senior-level management personnel, mid-level management personnel, and individual contributors. She has also helped start-up Animal Health companies build their entire teams.
Prior to specializing in the Animal Health, Pet, and Veterinary industries, Stacy specialized in placing Sales and Marketing executives for Fortune 500 Companies. These organizations operated mainly in the Consumer Packaged Goods area, including in the Food and Beverage, Pet Food, and Cosmetics industries.
What clients love most about Stacy is her ferocious work ethic and her attention to detail as an Animal Health recruiter. Her reputation with her clients, both nationally and internationally, have helped the VET Recruiter become one of the most widely respected independent executive recruiting firms.
Awards and accomplishments
Stacy has won numerous awards in the search and recruiting industry over the years. She 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 in 2004. In addition, she was a 2015 and 2017 finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year, which is recognized annually by the Women in the Pet Industry organization.
Stacy is one of a rare number of search consultants to bill $1 million in production in a single year, and she has accomplished this feat for consecutive years in a row. There are only 27 known executive recruiters in the United States who have achieved this feat. Stacy has attained more than $16 million in personal billings and has now built The VET Recruiter into a multi-million dollar recruiting firm, managing a team of recruiters and researchers who are just as focused on serving candidates and clients as she is.
Stacy is both a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a Certified Employee Retention Specialist (CERS). These certifications are evidence of her commitment to the advancement of professional and ethical standards and to the quality of work performed within the search profession. Finding and retaining employees is the number-one concern of employers in today’s marketplace, and Stacy believes this certification helps her to help her clients become better at retaining their employees in order for them to have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Volunteer work and associations
Stacy served as a volunteer board member for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) for four years and previously served as the VP of Public Relations for her local Toastmaster’s chapter. In addition, she currently serves:
- As an Advisory Board Member for the Professional Science Master’s programs (PSM) at Kansas State University’s Olathe campus
- In Vet Partners as a member and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and is a member of the Technology and Innovation Committee.
- Packing meals for the Feed My Starving Children organization
Stacy is a Preferred Member of Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms. She is also a member of the following organizations:
- American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV): affiliate member
- Vet Partners
- Toastmasters (past member)
- National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
- Contributor for Next Level Training, the leading recruiting industry training firm
Click here to see some of Stacy’s placements.