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.

Vetlife Helpline

0303 040 2551 or confidential email via Vetlife
Talking to others can help lighten the load. That’s where Vetlife 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.

Vetlife Health Support

07946 634 220 or helpline anonymous email
Vetlife Health Support offers free help to anyone in the veterinary community who is experiencing mental health difficulties, including, but not limited to stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug misuse and eating disorders. It is confidential and is made up of a team of professionals: psychiatrists; mental health nurses; and therapists who have years of experience working in mental health.

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.