VBF is the independent registered charity that provides free and confidential support to the veterinary community through a helpline, a health support programme and a fund for financial support.
VBF aims to:
Ensure that everyone in the profession knows how to access help
Provide a high quality of free and confidential support
Tailor support to an individual's circumstances
Include assistance with financial hardship, stress, depression, addiction and employment issues
Enable those we help to become independent again
Maintain longer term support for those who need it because of age, ill health or disability
Although we can suggest alternative options for VNs and students, we are only able to offer financial support to veterinary surgeons and their dependants. However, students and VNs are welcome to use our helpline and health support programme.
Vet Helpline provides support from trained volunteers by telephone and email to everyone in the veterinary community. The service is available around the clock on every day of the year.
The Veterinary Surgeons' Health Support Programme provides confidential advice and treatment from a mental health professional for those suffering from addiction and other mental health issues. It also supports concerned family members or colleagues.
We are currently helping about 130 veterinary surgeons and their dependants - many of whom may well have had similar difficulties to your own. All applications are kept completely confidential. You do not need to have donated to the charity in the past to qualify for our help.
VBF is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee Company No. 253010 at 7 Mansfield Street London W1G 9NQ Charity Registration No. 224776