A charity that provides free and confidential support to the veterinary community has received more than £1,000 courtesy of Willows.
Last year, we encouraged our Veterinary colleagues to sign up to our Vet professional portal, via which they are able to book CPD, make referrals, request advice and submit teleradiology requests.
With almost 600 veterinary professionals signing up to the portal, we have been able to donate £1,194 (£2 per registration) to Vetlife.
The donation will help the charity, which was set up more than 120 years ago to support people from the veterinary community who have emotional, health or financial difficulties, build on its valuable service.
Toby Gemmill, the managing director here at Willows, said our support of Vetlife aligned itself perfectly with Willows’ focus on wellbeing, which includes an evolving and expanding wellbeing programme for all team members.
He said: “At Willows, we take the emotional, mental and physical wellbeing of our team extremely seriously, as does Linnaeus across the group.
“The veterinary industry is fast-paced and, at times, can be a highly pressurised environment, particularly over the past 12 months, when teams have worked tirelessly to ensure the continuation of the best possible care while faced with so much disruption from Covid-19
“With this in mind, the support on offer from Vetlife is particularly valuable and we were only too happy to raise as much money as we could via our vet professional portal.”
Paul Horwood, Vetlife treasurer, said: “A massive thank-you to the team at Willows for their donation.
“The past 12 months have been a challenge for all of us and the continuing support of Willows really helps. With the impact of the pandemic, a lot of fundraising events have needed to be postponed or cancelled, and that decrease in donations, combined with an increase in the need and the use of the services here at Vetlife, has been a challenge.
“This generous donation allows us to continue the 24/7/365 support that Vetlife provides to the emotional, financial and mental health of our veterinary community.”