Financial Support

Finance matters:

Alison Lambert of Onswitch has contributed useful blogs on the financial considerations and challenges within the veterinary profession.

Practice ownership – do I or don’t I? In her first blog and accompanying video she discusses practice ownership.  Thinking of moving from employee to employer?  WATCH, READ and ACTION these great points.  My particular favourite is to think where you want to be at 60 and work back, rather than focussing on the immediate future.

Retirement planning think piece.  This subject causes a yawn and denial from many of us, consumed with the present and hoping the future will take care of itself.  After all, we rarely have a lot of free disposable income to splash into pension pot and investments.  We need to take this matter seriously, seek advise and plan NOW.  Who else will out for your future?

Financial assistance:

Vetlife charity can provide financial support in the following ways:

  • Emergency assistance
  • Regular monthly grants
  • One-off gifts
  • Professional advice on State benefits and debt
  • Access to CPD for those who qualify
  • Bungalow accommodation in Dorset

Money Advice Service  is an independent body set up in 2010 with responsibility for improving people’s money management.  They provide free, impartial advice on their website on everything from debt and housing to travel and insurance, or via webchat or over the phone 0800 138 7777

Money Saving Expert is a site offering advice, discount codes and deals to consumers, and warning of pitfalls.  They have useful eligibility calculators for e.g. credit cards or mortgages.  They claim ‘an average person in the UK can give themselves the equivalent of a 25% pay rise by being an active, savvy consumer and shifting to the very best deals.’

National Debtline is the government’s free debt advice line.  It provides budgeting tools, debt management advice, webchat or a freephone helpline 0808 808 4000

Student Minds has financial advice for students, including addressing problems such as gambling, and links to other financial resources for students.