Financial Support

There are times in many of our lives when we run into financial difficulties. Usually because of a major change of some kind, such as a health problem or the breakdown of a relationship. Vetlife will look at all of your circumstances in order to understand your financial issues better and will help you to plan a way forward.

Although Vetlife is currently only able to offer financial support to veterinary surgeons and their dependants that are resident in the UK, it is worth contacting us if you are a veterinary nurse or student because we may be able to refer you to another charity.


What sort of help is given?


Emergency assistance
• Regular monthly grants
• One-off gifts
• Professional advice on State benefits and debt
• Access to CPD for those who qualify
• Bungalow accommodation in Dorset


Apply for Financial Support


To make an application for financial support simply complete the Vetlife Financial Support Application Form in Word and return it to:

The Honorary Secretary
7 Mansfield Street

or email it to [email protected]

If you need help completing your application form, please refer to our guidance notes, or our Financial Support Casework Officer can provide guidance over the phone. Call 0207 908 6374 or email [email protected]

How is the level of support decided?

The Grants Awards Panel will consider your application in confidence, together with your recent bank statements for the preceding three months. The Panel may ask that a Area Representative of the Charity visits to discuss your circumstances in more detail or request further information before reaching a decision.

For those in urgent need of help, an initial payment may be made immediately.

Ongoing support after the initial decision is reviewed annually or when there is a significant change in circumstances.

If you feel you need help, it is always worth applying. Even if you don’t qualify for financial assistance, Vetlife may be able to signpost you to alternative sources of help or fund professional benefits and debt advice for you.

There is no requirement to have made any donations to the Charity in the past or to be a member of any veterinary organisations.

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