Independent Veterinary Services

Patrick Steel

“With almost 20 years’ experience recruiting and developing quality veterinary and technical staff, HallMark has developed strong relationships with universities and professional bodies in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe. This, combined with our in-depth knowledge of the agri-food sector, places us in the perfect position to provide cost effective resourcing solutions for Government Agencies, Local Authorities and private practices.”
Patrick Steel, Group HR and Contract Manager

Specialist Resource framework with APHA

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has appointed HallMark to supply specialist temporary staff for business as usual purposes, as well as responding to animal disease outbreaks and incidents across England, Wales and Scotland. The Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and other organisations within the core Defra Group, Welsh Government and Scottish Government are also able to independently call off from the Framework.

The framework is split into three lots for different types of specialist resources:
Lot 1 – Veterinary Personnel, including Senior Veterinary Inspectors, Veterinary Managers and Auditors and Veterinary Investigation Officers (pathologists)
Lot 2 – Technical Personnel including Animal Health Officers and Technical Officers
Lot 3 – Scientific Personnel, ranging from Epidemiological roles to Mathematical Modellers and Risk Analysts

There are three different methods of calling off from the Framework, as determined by the urgency of the requirement:

  • • Outbreak – target deployment within twenty-four hours
  • • Fast Stream - target deployment three working days
  • • Normal - target deployment within four to six weeks

For more information about Specialist Resource services with APHA please contact us or register interest on through our careers page.


TB Testing, Probita Solutions Ltd.



Through the company, Probita Solutions Ltd, a joint venture company owned by HallMark and XL Farmcare UK, we provide a cost effective and reliable TB testing resourcing service to UK practices to ensure that they are able to deliver on their TB testing obligations. We have a team of qualified and competent TB testing vets based throughout the country. The service can be used to assist with busier periods in the TB testing calendar or as a long-term solution, without the need to train employees, pay a fulltime salary and benefits and provide testing kit and car. To find out more about the service or make a booking, email or visit the Probita website.

At Probita we aim to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for vets at the start of their veterinary career in the UK. We help our team develop the skills, experience and confidence that will lead to further opportunity in the UK and elsewhere. We pride ourselves on being able to offer supportive and inclusive professional development for our team and encourage them to fulfil their personal potential. If you are interested in finding out more about career opportunities with Probita, please visit our careers page.


Provision of services for Animal Welfare Licensing (AWL)

Anyone selling animals as pets, providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs, hiring out horses, breeding dogs or exhibiting animals or training animals for exhibition needs to be licensed by the Local Authority (LA) and abide by the conditions of the licence. As well as providing services for Animal Welfare Licensing for councils, HallMark is currently testing a tailor-made innovative IT tool which aims to provide our clients with:

  • • Standardised delivery and electronic reports
  • • Structured audits adhering to The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018 and Defra guidance
    • Detailed reporting including all relevant information required and scoring
    • Facility to train staff
    • Simplification of the application and inspection process for businesses.
    • A reduction in the administrative burden on LA
    • Data availability and transparency
    • Immediate reporting (live data)

For more information about these services please contact us on