New VBF director Rosie Allister, who has studied mental health and wellbeing in vet students, says she is looking forward to “working more closely with the VBF to provide effective assistance for vulnerable vets.”

The Veterinary Benevolent Fund (VBF) welcomed new director Rosie Allister to the board at its recent AGM.   

Miss Allister qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 2005 and subsequently completed an MSc in Public Health Research at the University of Edinburgh College of Medicine, studying mental health and wellbeing in vet students.

VBF director Rosie AllisterShe is currently finishing a prospective cohort study investigating mental ill-health, mental well-being, job satisfaction and job performance among newly qualified veterinary surgeons as a PhD.

Miss Allister works as a locum in small animal practice, lectures and runs workshops on stress management at several vet schools, has an active role within the Samaritans and has been chair of Vet Helpline since 2010.

She has a particular interest in how the VBF support services, Vet Helpline in particular, can better reach out to those vets most in need through developments such as the new Vet Helpline email service, which will be launched this year. 

Miss Allister is also a keen fundraiser and, in 2011, ran 12 marathons in 12 months for the VBF. She is currently planning a similar event for 2013.

VBF president Lydia Brown said: “We are delighted to welcome a young vet to the VBF, who not only has experience of veterinary practice, but has also studied the stress that vets encounter in their professional lives.”  

Miss Allister said: “I am looking forward to working more closely with the VBF to provide effective assistance for vulnerable vets.”

Three other directors were re-elected to the board to serve a further term of three years – retired vet Bob Young, Nick Short from the Royal Veterinary College and Karen Coumbe from Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic.

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