Volunteer

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:

Vetlife Helpline

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 view our Financial Support Area Representative Volunteer information sheet here.

Please complete the Vetlife Financial Support Area Representative Form if you are interested in volunteering.

Board of Trustees

We are currently recruiting for a new Vetlife Trustee.

Vetlife employs a small number of staff so Trustees are frequently asked to undertake operational as well as strategic work and the role demands a substantial time commitment including attendance at four Board meetings in London each year.  They are expected to be ambassadors for Vetlife and to represent the charity within the UK Veterinary community.

The Board is currently seeking to co-opt a twelfth Trustee to sit on the Board until the next AGM in September 2020; their appointment for the following three years would then need to be ratified by the membership. Any Veterinary Surgeon wishing to stand who is not an existing Vetlife member will be required to become one before applying.   If you do not know any current members to propose you, please contact the Vetlife office for assistance.

By putting forward their names, candidates will be deemed to be declaring that they are a ‘fit & proper person’ as defined in H M Revenue & Customs guidance. Any Trustee appointed will be required to undertake a standard level Disclosure & Barring Service check.

Trustees serve one term of three 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.

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 info@vetlife.org.uk or by post to Vetlife, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ.

Submissions must be received by 20th January 2020.  Interviews for the position will take place on 3rd February 2020 in London. The successful applicant must also be available to attend our Board meeting on 11th February 2020.

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The Trustees’ election is announced in the veterinary press every May and candidates are then elected by Vetlife Members at the Annual General Meeting.

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 info@vetlife.org.uk or 0207 908 6385 if you would like more information and/or would like to speak to an existing Trustee about the role.