Volunteering with StreetVet

StreetVet is a national charity established to make free veterinary care accessible to pet owners experiencing homelessness. Our teams of volunteer Vets and Vet Nurses (RVNs) provide community vet care at weekly scheduled stations on the streets and in community centres. Regular stations are scheduled on evenings or weekends and generally last 1-2 hours. During which, we aim to provide any service which could normally be delivered on a home visit, working in solidarity with owners who typically manage to provide for their pets admirably well despite their difficult circumstances. By gradually building rapport with vulnerable owners while their pets are healthy we ensure they trust us with their pets’ care when they fall ill.

We have various opportunities available for those who wish to volunteer. If you are not a vet or vet nurse, we also have voluntary support roles available within location teams or our central team. You can find more information about this below.

We have over 1600 patients registered with us and in 2021 ran over 150 outreaches and performed over 1700 consults.

Current locations: Bournemouth, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cornwall, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hertfordshire, Lincoln, London, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Swansea.

Become a StreetVet Vet or Vet Nurse

StreetVet has a team of over 400 vet and vet nurse volunteers. Most have full time roles within the veterinary industry and volunteer a few hours in the evenings or/and at weekends. They provide free accessible vet care to the homeless, vulnerable and those in crisis nationwide.

We have StreetVet teams on the ground in 17 locations around the country. These teams outreach regularly, at a fixed time and place, normally in conjunction with a social care provider such as food provision by a third-party partner, soup kitchen, day centre or hostel. We keep the place and time consistent in order to build a trusted presence in the community, it also allows better engagement with the owners as they know where and when to find us.

During these outreaches we deliver free preventative and reactive veterinary care, procedures such as simple diagnostic tests, flea and worming treatment, education and daily essentials such as food, treats and other pet equipment. If a patient needs to be referred to veterinary practice for surgery, x-rays, blood tests or further investigative procedures we cover the cost of this treatment, ongoing medication and often transportation costs to and from the vet appointment.

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • RCVS registered vets/RVNs eager to use their professional training to help others
  • Able to commit a minimum of two hours each month
  • Adaptable and resourceful team players
  • Approachable, non-judgemental, friendly professionals

If you would like to learn more, please complete the

Volunteering Expression of Interest form

Benefits of volunteering with StreetVet

In return you will:

  • Form part of a network of over 400 like-minded Vets and Vet Nurses (RVNs)
  • Be provided with materials, tools and systems of work to meet RCVS and VMD requirements
  • Benefit from unique training opportunities some of which can count towards CPD
  • Experience rewarding opportunities to help dedicated and self-sacrificing pet owners
  • Develop skills and competencies through projects and ongoing tasks

Hear from our volunteers

“StreetVet is the best thing I’ve ever done as a vet and if I was rich I’d do it all the time!”

“My StreetVet work provides me with the most job satisfaction and where I feel my efforts are truly valued”

“Thank you for setting this up and inspiring me and bringing motivation back to my job and my life, so lovely to have something to feel so passionate about”

“Volunteering for StreetVet feels like I’m a piece of a puzzle that fits in perfectly”