Student Welfare

Student Welfare

Here are some main ports of call if you need any welfare support:

CUVS welfare reps


CUVS pre-clinical welfare reps

Annalie Barker (agb62) and Anderson Allcock (aca39)


Joseph Horner (jwh66) and Jess Hook (jch95) – outgoing

Vet school staff pastoral team Dr Jackie Brearley, Pastoral Support Officer and Mental Health First Aider (jcb78)

Dr Nicky Holdstock, Pastoral Support Officer (nbh10)

Dr Tim Williams, Pastoral Support Officer (tlw27)

Dr Murray Corke, Mindfulness Trainer (mjc56)

Katheryn Ayres, Academic Support Officer (kma28)

Prof Alun Williams (aw510), Director of Teaching

College support Your tutor is responsible for your pastoral care and many colleges now have a counsellor associated with them who you can see at shorter notice than the UCS (below)
University Counselling Service 01223 332865

Simply complete the pre-counselling form on the website to get an appointment with a fully trained counsellor. This is a free service for students.

Disability resource centre: 01223 332301

CUSU Welfare Officer:
Vetlife: 0303 040 2551

This is a charity that provides support to the entire veterinary community, including students. Their hotline is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Nightline: 01223 744444

This is a confidential nighttime support service for Cambridge and ARU students.

The Samaritans: 116 123 (a support service available 24/7)



Don’t forget to have fun and join in with our vetty sports teams!


Welfare blog

Here are some past welfare events we’ve had!

Welfare Lunch for Clinical Years

Thank you to everyone who attended the WELFARE LUNCH for all clinical years on Friday 26th February! A brilliant speaker from VetLife came and gave us a short talk about what they do for the vet profession, and also dispensed some excellent hints and tips for when we start working! Vetlife is a charity that provides free and confidential support to the veterinary community through a helpline, a health support programme and a fund for financial support (the latter is only available to veterinary surgeons). Volunteers are always available to speak anyone in need via their phone number: 0303 040 2551 or through an anonymous email service:


Welfare Survey

Please remember to keep filling in the welfare survey to let CUVS know how you feel about the vet school, the support offered and what you would like to see done about it:
The results will be presented at the next Student Consultative Committee meeting so is a real opportunity to make a difference!

Jack,  jtm34 and Lizzieemr35 are always available if you ever need anyone to chat to/ have exam worries/ generally need a cheery face and story to brighten up your day!


We just wanted to say a massive thank you to the Guide Dogs for the Blind for making last Friday (9.5.14) possible. A fantastic time was had by all and it can be said our studenty welfare is much improved from a few hours puppy cuddling. Thank you as well for the wonderful (and super cute) animaly stress relieving freebies from CRC Press.

Our welfare team, Matt and Grace, did a fabulous job organising the event and an amazing £255.08 was raised for this worth-while cause.

Enjoy the photos from the day below 🙂

Wonderful CRC Press Freebies
Wonderful CRC Press Freebies

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Welfare made 100% better with yummy cakes!
Welfare made 100% better with yummy cakes!
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Our lovely CUVS president Orla
Our beautiful welfare team
Our beautiful welfare team
Alun and Mike join enjoying the day
Alun and Mike join enjoying the day
Mike Herrtage meets the woofs!
Mike Herrtage meets the woofs!
Jackie pops by to say hi
Jackie pops by to say hi


What a way to kick start the new welfare section of the CUVS website but by hosting our very own puppy day in association with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

The event is running tomorrow, 9th May 2014, from 10-3 at the Vet School (consult rooms, 4-5). Undoubtedly you will have all seen the sign up emails going around and it is now FULLED BOOKED! Thats not to say you will be denied welfare! What is as good as puppies? CAKE (well almost!) Come along for cake and stress relieving freebies (with thanks to CRC Press!) Also if you just want a chance to have a chat with our lovely welfare team Matt and Grace!

Keep your eyes peeled as there will be photos to follow!