Vetlife is almost entirely managed and run by its volunteers. This enables the Charity to keep staff costs as low as possible.
There are three main ways to volunteer:
Our Helpline is an empathetic listening service manned by volunteers from the profession who have undergone a selection and training process. Helpline volunteers on average do one or two duties a month and are usually able to combine this with their normal daily commitments. The rota is flexible, allowing you to select which days you prefer to be on duty. Please view our Helpline Volunteer information sheet here.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Vetlife Helpline, please complete our application form and we will arrange for you to speak to a member of the Helpline’s selection and training team.
Vetlife Financial Support Area Representative
As a Vetlife volunteer, you would join a network of Vetlife Area Representatives throughout the UK. Area Reps provide the interface between Vetlife and our Beneficiaries.
You would use your experience of the veterinary profession to help ensure appropriate support is directed to existing and new beneficiaries. You would also play a key role in promoting Vetlife within and outside the profession.
Area Representatives often deal with vulnerable people who may be very sensitive, so tact and discretion are essential. You will therefore go through an induction and annual training will be provided.
Please complete the Vetlife Financial Support Area Representative Form if you are interested in volunteering.
Board of Trustees
Vetlife Trustees serve one term of 3 years and may choose to stand for a second term. Trustees are required to attend 4 Board meetings in London every year and to take on management responsibilities meaning the time commitment can be substantial.
The Trustees’ election is announced in the veterinary press every May and candidates are then elected by Vetlife Members before the Annual General Meeting which this year will be held at the British Veterinary Association in London on 15th September 2020. More details to follow.
In order to stand in the election you will need to become a Vetlife member, you will also need to complete the Vetlife Election Nomination Form and a Declaration of Interest Form. The forms should be returned by email to [email protected] or by post to Operations Manager, Vetlife, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ.
Active membership of or participation in professional disciplinary bodies such as RCVS PIC or DC will be considered a disqualifying conflict of interest.
Please contact the Vetlife office at [email protected] or 0207 908 6385 if you would like more information and/or would like to speak to an existing Trustee about the role.