Vet Sustain supports veterinary professionals to drive change towards a more sustainable future

The world is facing a multitude of complex and pressing challenges. Climate change, biodiversity depletion and public health pandemics are presenting existential threats to human civilisation and the natural world. Together we can make a difference.

Vision

Our vision is for the veterinary profession to be a leading force for sustainability

Mission

Our mission is to enable and inspire veterinary professionals to work to secure the wellbeing of animals, people and the natural world

Goals

With the intention of uniting the actions of veterinary professionals, we have created six goals for sustainability. Our Goals highlight the ways that veterinary professionals can, and do, play a key role in addressing the multiple challenges facing society.

Diverse and abundant wildlife

Conserve and enhance natural landscapes, habitats and biological diversity and abundance of wild terrestrial and aquatic plant and animal species.

A good life for animals

Safeguard and advocate for the health and welfare, in life and at the point of death, of animals under our care and those that are affected by human activity.

Net zero warming

Implement and promote decarbonisation through energy efficiency, the generation and use of renewable energy, mitigation of global warming and sequestration of carbon.

Health and happiness

Safeguard and enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of people and support a transition to livelihoods and lifestyles that are fit for the future.

A no-waste society

Minimise the usage and disposal of resources and materials, and support a transition to a circular economy.

Enough clean water for all

Uphold best practice in fresh water conservation and protection to mitigate water stress and prevent water pollution.

Objectives

1

Build an online network of 5,000 veterinary professionals by 2020

2

Integrate sustainability topics in to the curriculum of all UK veterinary schools by 2022

3

Integrate sustainability in to the policy and standards of the key UK veterinary associations and institutions by 2025

4

Integrate sustainability policy and practices in to more than 50% of UK veterinary practices by 2025

5

Equip veterinary professionals and vet-led businesses with the tools to support uptake of sustainability policy and practices in the sectors we influence through the animals under our care, by 2025

Meet the Vet Sustain team

Founded in 2019 by a group of veterinary professionals, the Vet Sustain team are volunteers who dedicate their time to championing the health of humans, animals and ecosystems.

Laura Higham
Vet Sustain Founder & Director
BVM&S MSc MRCVS

Focused on animal welfare and responsible antibiotic usage — Laura supports the food production industry to become sustainable through her work as a veterinary consultant in sustainable agriculture at FAI.

Libby Kemkaran-Thompson
Director
MA VetMB MRCVS

As a change management consultant who retrained as a vet, Libby applies her expertise in behaviour psychology to support vets and corporate businesses to improve their management, communications, success and strategy.

David Black
Director
BVM&S DBR DVetMed MRCVS

Recognised as a specialist in cattle health and production by RCVS, David has dedicated his career to improving sustainability in dairy practice. David is a specialist advisor to many global and national committees and societies.

Simon Doherty
Director
BVMS CertAqV MRCVS MRQA CBiol FRSB

Senior Vice President of BVA with interests in One Health and sustainable livestock production — Simon is a life member of the RUAS, lectures at QUB IGFS and sits on a number of related boards and committees.

Ruth Layton
Director
BVet Med MSc (Transpersonal Psychology) DWEL MRCVS

Understanding that sustainability is about caring for people, animals and the environment — Ruth is a trained veterinary surgeon, cofounder of sustainability consultancy FAI (Food Animal Initiative) and founder of sankalpa.

Gudrun Ravetz
Director
BVSc Cert Mgmt GDL MRCVS

Motivated to help all veterinary stakeholders take control of their sustainability through access to education and leadership — Gudrun is a past president of the British Veterinary Association and head veterinary officer at Simplyhealth.

Sean Wensley
Director
BVSc MSc FRCVS

Qualified in animal behaviour and welfare, Sean is a Senior Vet at PDSA and a former BVA President. Winner of the WVA Global Animal Welfare Award, Sean lectures internationally and Chairs the FVE Animal Welfare Working Group.

Working Groups

Our working groups have been formed by members of the Vet Sustain community. By joining together we’re able to work towards achieving our sustainability goals.

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