Help and support for vets

Support from BVA

As well as fully supporting the work of charities such as the Vetlife and the Samaritans, BVA’s own services offer invaluable help when members of the profession are in difficulty or are rebuilding their lives and returning to work after setbacks. This support includes: 

Vetlife (formerly known as Veterinary Benevolent Fund)

Vetlife is a registered charity which has been supporting the veterinary profession for over a hundred years.  As well as providing financial assistance through the Veterinary Benevolent Fund it also provides a network of other support services, including the Veterinary Surgeons’ Health Support Programme, the Vet Helpline and the Vetlife website.

Subject Phone Email
Financial assistance and general enquiries 020 7908 6385 info@vetlife.org.uk
Health support 07946 634220

VSHSP@vetlife.org.uk


Phone and anonymous email helplines 0303 040 2551 Anonymous email 

Donate to Vetlife's work

The incidence of suicide in the veterinary profession is three to four times that of the general population and, for a variety of reasons, it can be very hard for those who work in the profession to access support. Vetlife helps families to survive financially when they run into unexpected difficulties, delivers professional advice and treatment to those suffering with mental health and addictive disorders and helps vets and VNs to get back to work if that is what they want.

Support from other organisations