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

Vetlife is independent of all other veterinary organisations and is managed by a Board of 12 elected Trustees, all of whom are veterinary surgeons. The Charity employs a very 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 4 Board meetings each year.  Vetlife Trustees serve one term of 3 years and may choose to stand for a second term. As well as Board duties, Vetlife Trustees’ roles involve additional committee responsibilities (majority done by phone or email), so the ability to give time to the Charity is essential.  They are expected to be ambassadors for Vetlife and to represent the Charity within the UK Veterinary community.

At the next AGM on Wednesday 11th November 2020 there will be an election for 7 Trustees.

Four of the current Trustees will be standing for re-election.  Candidates must be a veterinary surgeon, a member of Vetlife, resident in the UK and possess a good working knowledge of the profession.  Candidates must also be supported by a proposer, who must be a current member of Vetlife.  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.  Submissions must be received by Monday 5th October 2020, and registered members of Vetlife will vote before the AGM on Wednesday 11th November 2020.

Candidates will 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 Honorary Secretary , Vetlife, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ.

Any Trustee appointed will be required to undertake a standard level Disclosure & Barring Service check.

Successful applicants must also be available to attend our AGM and Board meeting on 11th November 2020 which will be held via Zoom.

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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.