need-help-now5Help when you need it

Life in the veterinary team can be challenging. That’s what makes it so interesting and rewarding. But it sometimes can start to feel out of control, leading to levels of stress that can adversely affect your work and your personal life.

Here are some sources of help, there when you need it.

Vet Helpline

0303 040 2551 or confidential email via Vet Life.
Talking to others can help lighten the load. That’s where Vet Helpline comes in. It’s available 24/7 to listen and offer a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your options. It’s for VNs and students, too. All calls are confidential, and callers are referred on for specialist advice where appropriate.
If you’re not sure where to turn, visit the Vetlife website for sources of help on a whole range of problems, such as work-place bullying or eating disorders.

Veterinary Surgeons’ Health Support Programme

07946 634 220 or
The VSHSP aims to combat problems with alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and other addictive and mental health issues. It is confidential and is run by a national co-ordinator who is mental health-trained.

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

020 7222 2001
If you need advice about professional, ethical or educational standards, are worried about a dilemma in practice, or a concern that has been raised about you, please contact the RCVS for help and guidance.


116 123 or
Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year. It provides a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.