The Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI), has pledged to donate €30,000 annually for a three-year period to the Irish Veterinary Benevolent Fund (IVBF), an organisation dedicated to supporting veterinary professionals and their dependants.
The memorandum of understanding was signed this week at the council’s headquarters by president of the VCI, Joe Moffitt, and chair of the IVBF, Emma Tobin.
The funds from the Veterinary Council will assist the IVBF in its provision of a range of support services for veterinary professionals
Moffitt said: “The supports offered by the IVBF are of direct benefit to the veterinary professionals on our register, and we hope our contribution will be of benefit to the organisation as it continues to provide a wide range of valuable support services.”
Tobin said: “The funds from the Veterinary Council will assist the IVBF in its provision of a range of support services for veterinary professionals, including financial supports for veterinary professionals, as well as a range of mental health supports.”
The Veterinary Assistance Programme includes face-to-face, online and freephone counselling services, which are available to working or retired veterinary professionals, as well as dependent family members.