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:

Vetlife Helpline

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 Directors

The Directors’ election is announced in the veterinary press every May and candidates are then selected by Vetlife members before the Annual General Meeting in July.

Directors 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 and returning the Vetlife Membership Form

Please contact the Vetlife office if you would like more information.  We would be happy to arrange for you to also speak to an existing volunteer or Director.