The BVA has announced a £10,000 donation to Vetlife after Veterinary Times revealed a near tripling of annual contacts to the charity dedicated to helping vets in crisis.

VT Front coverThe veterinary support charity revealed it had, in the past 12 months, received more than 660 calls for help by email and telephone – a figure its president, Geoff Little, described as “worrying”.

The BVA is also providing, and signposting to, a range of other services and resources to aid professional development and personal well-being.

‘Invaluable resource’

Vetlife provides ongoing free and confidential support to the veterinary community through a helpline, health support programme and fund for financial support.

Derek Williams, chairman of the BVA board, said: “Vetlife is an invaluable resource for the veterinary community, offering confidential help and advice when vets may need it most.

“The BVA is committed to supporting all veterinary professionals as they cope with the varying pressures of the job and its impact on their personal and professional lives, aiming for good mental health and well-being at every stage of a vet’s career.”

Extremely grateful

Dr Little said: “Vetlife is extremely grateful to the BVA for its generous donation and continuing support over many years. The issues Vetlife deals with can affect anyone, at any stage, and we need to come together as a profession to help and support each other, which is why the commitment of organisations such as the BVA matters so much.”

The BVA’s latest Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey also found a third of vets had significant concerns about their mental health and well-being in the past year.

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