From surgical suite to central support

Written by: Amy Bowcott
Published on: 23 Sep 2020

Amy BowcottMy name is Amy Bowcott and I am a talent acquisition specialist for Linnaeus. My role is focused on recruiting specialists for our industry-leading referral centres.

I’m an RVN with a diploma in advanced nursing (surgical), and my clinical experience helps me place specialist vets at hospitals that fit their requirements and values.

My background means I’m very familiar with the equipment and support required for certain disciplines, and this can really help when speaking with candidates. All specialists I have placed are still in their positions – showing good matching for the candidate and Linnaeus.

I have worked in my current role for nearly two years. Prior to this, I worked at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service as a manager in the surgical suite for 15 years.

Sharing skills

I really enjoy passing on what I have learned to other professionals. I wrote two chapters in the BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Practice Management and Development – on dentistry and how to manage a surgical suite – and have lectured at BSAVA Congress, BVNA Congress and several regional CPD events.

Following my role at Willows, I joined the Linnaeus central support team in 2016 and it’s something I really enjoy, as the company’s values completely match my own. 

Being a pet owner and a veterinary nurse means providing exceptional veterinary care to every patient is very important to me.


Having been in the industry for more than 20 years, I’m familiar with all our established veterinary referral centres. It’s really exciting to be part of Linnaeus and joining these centres together to provide exceptional care and our “committed to excellence” approach.

Linnaeus has always treated me as an individual throughout my time with them. My role is perfect for me as it provides a great work-life balance.

Being a mum to young twins means life can be hectic, but Linnaeus has always supported me and this is something I respect. The company values its employees, and makes them feel like they are truly part of the business and make a difference.

Outside of work, my hobbies include walking, horse riding and spending time with family and friends.

  • This article first appeared in 22 September 2020 issue of Vet Times (Volume 50, Issue 39, Page 12).