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.

Please complete the Vetlife Helpline Form if you are interested and we will arrange for you to speak to a member of the Helpline’s selection and training team.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to complete a criminal record declaration.

It is important that applicants understand that failure to disclose all unspent convictions could result in disciplinary proceedings or dismissal. Further advice and guidance on disclosing a criminal record can be obtained from Nacro.

Vetlife Financial Support Area Representative

Please note we are not currently accepting applications for Area Representatives.

As a Vetlife volunteer, you would join a network of Vetlife Area Representatives throughout the UK. Area Reps provide the interface between Vetlife and those members of the veterinary profession, their relatives and dependents who benefit from its services.

You would use your experience of the veterinary profession to help ensure appropriate support is directed to existing and new beneficiaries in need. 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 training will be provided.

The role can be challenging but also rewarding, with the opportunity to build relationships with Vetlife beneficiaries and to positively impact the lives of members of the profession who may be in need.

The time commitment is about 6 days per year and all reasonable expenses including mileage are reimbursed. Please view our Financial Support Area Representative Volunteer information sheet here.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to complete a criminal record declaration.

It is important that applicants understand that failure to disclose all unspent convictions could result in disciplinary proceedings or dismissal. Further advice and guidance on disclosing a criminal record can be obtained from Nacro.

Board of Trustees

The Trustees’ election is announced in the veterinary press every year and candidates are then elected by Vetlife Members and formally appointed at the Annual General Meeting.  More details to follow.

Trustees serve one term of 3 years and may choose to stand for a second term.  Trustees are required to attend 4 Board meetings 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 [email protected] or by post to Operations Manager, Vetlife, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ.

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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.