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.  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 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 some of the individuals 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 19 July 2018.  There will be 3 vacancies – 1 Trustee will be standing for re-election. An induction for successful applicants will take place shortly after the AGM.

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.

In order to stand in the election you will need to become a Vetlife member by completing the Vetlife Membership Form, 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 Operations Manager, Vetlife, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ to arrive by noon on Friday 8 June 2018.

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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.