Vets urged to work greener in 2021

Vets urged to work greener in 2021

Checklist lays out action plan for practices

Veterinary organisations have joined forces to encourage practices to work more sustainably.

Vet Sustain, the BVA, the SPVS and BVNA designed the shareable Greener Veterinary Practice Checklist infographic to promote change in the workplace. 

It includes four areas of action that cover practising responsible resource use, being sustainable in your operation, using medicines responsibly, and sustaining the team, with ways vets can achieve this. 

The checklist comes after a 2019 BVA Voice of the Veterinary profession Survey found that 89 per cent of vets would like to play a more active role in the UK’s sustainability agenda.

‘Eco-friendly changes’

BVNA president Jo Oakden added: “Environmental Sustainability is really important to us at the BVNA; we are currently going through the process of Environmental Accreditation. Veterinary Nurses are ideally placed to get involved and drive eco-friendly changes within the veterinary practice.

“The Greener Practice Checklist is a brilliant guide showing where to start. We all want to drive a positive environmental change, but sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming when you don’t know where to start.

“This checklist is hopefully giving us a place to start and a link into further resources to keep driving and evolving the positive changes we are making.”

SPVS senior vice president, Anna Judson added: “SPVS is delighted to have been involved in the creation of the Greener Veterinary Practice Checklist. We remain committed to supporting the profession with ongoing environmental sustainability CPD.”