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VBF - Vets Helping Vets

We provide the Vet Helpline, the Veterinary Surgeons' Health Support Programme and financial support for vets and their dependants, vet students and vet nurses.

We are independent of all other veterinary organisations and are managed by a Board of 12 elected Directors, all of whom are veterinary surgeons. Volunteer veterinary surgeons play a large role in the delivery of our services. They understand the specific pressures affecting our profession.

Financial support 

We supply financial support for vets and their dependents – please don’t be too shy or too proud to seek our help. At the moment the Veterinary Benevolent Fund is helping about 130 people (beneficiaries and their dependents). Many of them may well have had similar difficulties to your own. Please be assured that all applications are dealt with in strict confidence and with the utmost discretion. Remember that VBF is the profession’s own charity and is entirely devoted to vets helping their colleagues and families in need. You do not have to be a supporter to qualify for our help.

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24/7 Helpline

Vet Helpline is a friendly listening service open to vets, vet nurses and vet students.

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Professional mental health & addiction treatment

The Veterinary Surgeons' Health Support Programme supplies professional advice and treatment to those suffering addiction and mental health difficulties. It also supports concerned family members or colleagues. All enquiries are dealt with promptly and in strict confidence.

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Each of these three services is completely confidential and information is not passed from one organisation to the other without the express permission of the person requesting assistance.


Veterinary practice is a demanding and frequently stressful career.  Vetlife exists to provide support, information and advice over a range of common issues that have been found to trouble vets and vet nurses in practice.  

Please send any feedback, suggestions for new content or enquiries to info@vetlife.org.uk.

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The Veterinary Benevolent Fund is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee Company No. 253010 at 7 Mansfield Street London W1G 9NQ Charity Registration No. 224776