Although our other support services are open to students and VNs, in order to qualify for financial support from Vetlife you will need to be a veterinary surgeon who is on, or has been on, the RCVS register (or the dependant of one) and you must be be ordinarily resident in the UK.
We can still advise VNs and students on other charities who might be able to help them and we are sometimes able to fund benefits and debt advice where appropriate.
"Knowing that I had not only the financial support of the VBF but the moral support as well, helped take some of the major financial worry away whilst having to cope with not only physical debilitation but also a worsening mental health situation. The VBF stayed there for me, when even my own family did not. I will be forever grateful for their unstinting support."
We are not able to offer support to anyone before they have qualified and are on the RCVS register but the student finance section of this web site has information on possible sources of funding, advice on managing your financial situation and a budget planner.
The Honorary Secretary
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or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or would prefer to have a blank application form posted to you, please call the Vetlife Administration Manager, Vanessa Kearns, on 020 7908 6385 or email email@example.com.
Once the form is returned it will be considered by the Vetlife Grant Awards Panel in complete confidence, together with your recent bank statements for the preceding three months. They may ask that a representative of the charity visits you at home to discuss your circumstances in more detail or request further information before reaching a decision. For those in urgent need of help, an initial payment may be made immediately.
Ongoing support after the initial decision is reviewed annually at meetings of the Vetlife Grant Review Committee.
If you feel you need help, it is always worth applying - there is no requirement to have made any donations to the charity in the past or to be a member of any veterinary organisations. Even if you don't qualify for financial assistance, Vetlife may be able to signpost you to alternative sources of help or fund professional benefits and debt advice for you.