BSAVA donates £20,000 to Vetlife

26 April 2018

Veterinary support charity Vetlife has received a £20,000 boost from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA).

Vetlife provides independent, confidential and free help for everyone in the veterinary community including veterinary nurses and students, with a 24/7 phone and email helpline; professional mental health support; financial assistance; information and resources.

BSAVA Senior Vice President John Chitty said: “Vetlife makes a massive contribution to our profession and it is important to say just how much we appreciate what they do. Now, more than ever, the profession needs this kind of support and BSAVA believes this donation will help to meet the increased need.”

Vetlife honorary treasurer Graham Dick said: “Over the last five years we have seen a fivefold increase in contacts to our helpline from the veterinary community, which inevitably leads to greater pressure on our charity’s resources. This is a most welcome contribution from BSAVA, which will help Vetlife to maintain and improve its services in the face of ever-increasing demand.”

The donation comes as Paddle Against Plastic founder Cal Major prepares to start an epic Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May, to raise funds for Vetlife.

Cal talked at BSAVA Congress to raise awareness of the plastic problem in our oceans, and was joined by veterinary supporters on the canals of Birmingham during the event. The paddle is in memory and in honour of her closest friend, and biggest fan, who was a keen supporter of Vetlife and at the end of last year lost her battle with depression.

If you need support please contact Vetlife helpline on 0303 040 2551 or email Vetlife via