Vets spend their entire days helping animals and their humans deal with diseases and problems, and often when the time comes the vet will also help them say goodbye. Vets suffer from a high rate of suicide, the job is stressful, most days involve death, and a lot of vets are so busy helping others that they forget about themselves. It is a constant rollercoaster of emotion every single day, and the end the question that is not asked is who helps the vets?
The answer in the UK at least is a small charity called Vetlife which runs a helpline just for vets along with providing other useful service to help vets in need. However the charity is completely self funded and relies on a lot of fundraising to do the work it does to help vets – whether students or many years in practice.
Check out some of the peopled helped in the video below:
Now one of my friends Mike Brampton has taken it even further – and in order to help raise funds for Vetlife is cycling over 1100Km around Scotland and it’s islands with two vets Alasdair Hotson-Moore and Peter Dobromylskyj. However it is not just about vets, as every evening the trio is helping animals by delivering training sessions in Anaesthesia and Soft Tissue Surgery to vets along the route.
Over the past month or so with help from several of my sponsors in the background I have been laying the groundwork for a new type of sponsorship for businesses. Obviously I still have a long way to go with raising the tuition I need for next semester and now just have 5 short weeks to do it. In addition to my individual sponsors I hope that these changes however give me a strong long term strategy where I can spend my time studying and writting instead of chasing funding.
This will make very little difference to my many readers and followers, and I will definately be selectful over the types of companies I work with. In the past few days you may have noticed a link at the tops of my diary entrys giving a sponsor (or advertising) for the entry. This is the first point of exposure for businesses and with many of my articles appearing very high in google is good for them. In addition you will notice that more adverts are appearing into the right side of the page, these are exclusively for my business sponsors so if anything here catchs your eye do check them out.
In addition this week application for a few different grants closed so I spent a lot of today finalising proposals and submitting applications to hopefully take some off the pressure away from me next year. At the moment for anyone following that is even considering following the same route I am with self funding as I study please think very carefully. Every single day is a balancing act of fundraising to studying.
If I fail exams my dream vanishes, yet if I fail to raise tuition my dream also vanishes. I am literally laying awake at night from the stress of it. Its definately worthwhile, however vet school is hard enough without fundraising too!
If you are interested in sponsoring Chris as an individual use the paypal form on the right of this page. If you are interested in business sponsorship please visit our business sponsorship page.
Ok so this weekend I spent doing revision, in addition to making some decisions about how I am going raise the money I need to continue in vet school. Next week I will be releasing details of my new sponsorship packages which I hope will prove very attractive to businesses and give my funding that push it needs.
Now onto other things, weekends at the moment where I spend my time revising are kinda really boring to write about. I have therefore decided that my weekend posts will actually be on animal related topics either looking at something in more depth, or just writting about something that is interesting. The first of these will be next weekend, however if you have any requests please do comment and leave them here and I will try and cover it! 🙂