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Vet Sustain and Animalcare UK announce partnership to help drive sustainability in the veterinary sector

Vet Sustain and Animalcare

Vet Sustain is a UK-based social enterprise working to enable and inspire veterinary professionals to continually improve the health and wellbeing of animals, people and the environment. They produce tools, training and communications for veterinary professionals centred around their six Veterinary Sustainability Goals (VSGs) which are aligned with the UN’s SDGs.

Animalcare became the first UK veterinary pharmaceutical company to achieve a carbon neutral status in 2020 as part of their long-term commitment to running their business more sustainably. In April of this year Animalcare UK were able to plant 200 native British broad-leaved trees at a school close to their Headquarters.

Animalcare will now benefit from expertise and insights from the Vet Sustain group through their new range of supporter packages, which include joint events, in-house training and marketing. It is envisaged that this partnership will help Animalcare to identify and implement key changes to optimise the sustainability of their own operations, and support a transition towards more sustainable products and services for the wider veterinary industry.

Sustainable development is becoming a much-discussed topic within the veterinary sector, with 89% of vets in a recent British Veterinary Association survey saying they would like to play a more active role in the UK sustainability agenda.

Gudrun Ravetz, Chair and Director of Vet Sustain, said “Veterinary professionals are concerned about sustainability, and veterinary businesses are increasingly recognising that there is both an opportunity and a societal responsibility to lead the way on environmental and ethical issues.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Animalcare - and this represents the first of several exciting partnerships we are developing with progressive companies, to support them on their sustainability journeys. Through their financial contributions, they are also supporting Vet Sustain to build our not-for-profit social enterprise, to enable and inspire veterinary professionals to drive sustainability through their work.”

Animalcare are proud to be official supporters of Vet Sustain, with their proven commitment to ensuring the sustainability of their business, including achieving carbon neutral status.

Kai Crawshaw, sustainability lead and Commercial Analyst at Animalcare, said "As the first UK veterinary pharmaceutical company to achieve a carbon neutral status we believe that we have a duty to lead, support and educate. Whilst on our sustainability journey we quickly identified Vet Sustain as an organisation that aligned with our goals and will enable Animalcare to extend our commitment to running our business more sustainably to being able to support sustainability in the vet sector as a whole. We are delighted to become the first company to partner with Vet Sustain and are excited of what we can achieve together over the next 12 months."

If any commercial businesses would also like to benefit from Vet Sustain’s range of supporter packages including sponsorship, joint events, and in-house training, they should get in touch by emailing [email protected].