The Hazlewoods Veterinary team is made up of individual people that work together towards a common goal. We are putting the spotlight on some of them, so you can get to know us better. The first person in our series is Associate Director, Natalie Adams.
What drew you to Hazlewoods originally and what made you continue your career with the firm?
What initially made me want to join Hazlewoods in 2007 was the fact that it has a very good reputation and is particularly well regarded locally. The firm has a strong focus on people and looking after both their clients and employees. Everyone is always keen to help each other out and work as a team.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
On a personal and professional level, it is having my children whilst working full-time. It has been extremely challenging but very rewarding from both perspectives.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Working in the Veterinary team is very varied, and no two days are the same. I also really enjoy the close relationships I have been able to develop with clients over the years.
What is the best career lesson you have learned so far?
Never ask anyone to do something that you would not do yourself!
What is keeping you busy at work?
What isn’t?! At the moment, I would say taking over a tax manager role on my portfolio of clients. The tax system is not getting any simpler and there are constant changes, which keeps things interesting but also challenging at times.
What should clients be currently thinking?
COVID-19 has brought many changes to the way we live and work. There is no doubt it caused a disruption to many businesses. Businesses should be ensuring that they are looking after their staff whether that be working levels, mental well-being, improving communication, training and making sure they are remunerated at the right level. This will all help with staff retention, which is a challenging matter for the veterinary industry at the moment.
Who would you most like to meet and why?
Kathrine Switzer – she was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in the sixties and she had to overcome many barriers to be able to do it! It is fascinating how a simple act, such as running, can actually create positive social change and empower so many women to follow their aspirations and achieve their goals.