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VETERINARY BENEVOLENT FUND

VBF board election MEMBERS of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund (VBF) are invited to apply to serve on its board. The VBF is the sole charity devoted to providing personal health, welfare and financial support to veterinary professionals

through Vet Helpline, the Veterinary Surgeons’ Health Support Programme, a benevolent fund and the Vetlife website. The VBF is independent of all other veterinary organisations and is managed by a board of 12 elected directors, all of whom are veterinary surgeons. The charity employs a full-time administration manager and a part-time administration assistant. In addition, although independent of the BVA, the BVA’s finance director is appointed as the VBF company secretary. At the next AGM, on Thursday, July 16, there will be an election for three directors, with one of the current directors standing for reelection. Applications must be supported by a proposer, who should also be a member of the VBF. Applications from younger members of the profession, as well as from those with experience of managing business finance are welcomed. Any veterinary surgeon who is not a VBF member will be required to become one before applying. Directors must have a commitment to the charitable objectives of the VBF, be willing to devote time to the fund and to develop an interest in all aspects of the charity. Directors are asked to scrutinise and comment on papers, and to attend up to four board meetings in London each year. They are expected to be ambassadors for the VBF, to represent the fund at meetings and to take on a specific area of management responsibility. This is a wonderful opportunity for those in our profession, who feel inclined to do so, to give a great deal back to others who find themselves in a less fortunate situation. Applicants should apply in writing (one side A4), giving a brief summary of past experience relevant to the role, and the name and address of a proposer. Applications should be sent by e-mail to Vanessa Kearns at [email protected] or by post to VBF, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ, to arrive before noon on Friday, May 29, 2015. Further information is available from the VBF office and further information about the charity can be viewed at www. vetlife.org.uk. By applying, applicants will be deemed to be declaring that they are a ‘fit and proper person’ as defined in HM Revenue and Customs guidance (www. hmrc.gov.uk/charities/guidance). David Bee, VBF, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ e-mail: [email protected] doi: 10.1136/vr.h2270

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