Vetlife is almost entirely managed and run by its volunteers. This enables the charity to keep staff costs as low as possible.
There are 3 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. The volunteers are required to be on duty about one day per month and are usually able to combine this with their normal day-to-day activities. The rota is flexible – you can select which days you prefer to be on duty and also elect whether to respond by phone, email or both.
Please contact the Vetlife office if you are interested and we will arrange for you to speak to a member of the helpline’s selection and training team.
Vetlife Financial Support Area Representative
If there is a vacancy in your area, you could volunteer to become your local Vetlife area representative.
The main responsibilities of this role are to:
- carry out home visits to the people Vetlife helps
- raise awareness of Vetlife in your area
- fundraise for Vetlife in your area
- attend an annual meeting in London to receive training and to help shape the charity’s policies and strategic objectives
The time commitment is about 6 days per year and all reasonable expenses including mileage are reimbursed.
Board of Trustees
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 17 July 2017. There will be 7 vacancies – 4 Trustees will be standing for re-election for a second term. An induction for successful applicants will take place shortly after the AGM.
Trustees serve one term of 3 years and may choose to stand again after that for one more term only. They are required to attend 4 Board meetings in London every year and to take on management responsibilities so the time commitment can be substantial.
In order to stand in the election you will need to become a Vetlife member by completing the Vetlife Membership Form and Vetlife Election Nomination Form and emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or posting them to Administration Manager, Vetlife, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ to arrive by noon on Friday 26 May 2017.
Please contact the Vetlife office at email@example.com or 0207 908 6385 if you would like more information and/or would like to speak to an existing Trustee about the role.