How do I access help from the Fund?
The Veterinary Benevolent Fund exists to help any veterinary professional, AVA member or not, going through financial hardship or a difficult time.
This is what you can expect when you reach out for support.
1. Donations are received from your peers
Peers and donors from Australia and around the world donate to the Fund to help veterinary professionals like you who might be going through a rough patch.
2. You need assistance
You are a member or non-member experiencing financial hardship and going through a tough time.
Everyone has their own circumstances, but some examples which can lead to financial hardship include:
- Accidents, illness and injury
- Passing in the family
- Natural disaster
- Unforeseen life circumstances
3. Reach out
No circumstance is insignificant, and no request is too small. Your situation matters to us and we want you to reach out.
Contact AVA Member Services (even if you are not a member) for a confidential, understanding discussion around your circumstances. We’ll then put you in touch with one of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund Trustees.
We’re here to listen, and to help.
4. Talk to us
After reaching out to AVA Member Services (even if you are not a member), a Trustee will contact you usually within 48 hours. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for immediate help.
Here you will have the opportunity to discuss your circumstances in more detail so we can understand how we can assist you during this difficult time.
5. Be supported
Funds are deposited through direct bank transfer, and you may also be referred to other support services such as the AVA Counselling Service for assistance.