The British Veterinary Association’s Senior Vice President, Simon Doherty has joined 14 leading veterinary figures from across the UK as part of a new green initiative, aimed to inspire sustainable actions and principles across the profession.
Launched today, Vet Sustain is an online platform which has been set up in response to a growing interest in sustainability issues amongst members of the veterinary profession. Areas of interest range from sustainable food animal production, to responsible medicine use, boosting biodiversity, and environmental initiatives in veterinary practice.
A dedicated Facebook group has been set up to engage individuals, practices, enterprises, and students interested in sustainability via regular email newsletters, articles, initiatives, events, webinars, and thought-leadership pieces.
The project draws on the joint BVA/RCVS Vet Futures initiative, which set out an ambition for the veterinary professions to be clear and assertive about their wider roles in society, including in public health and environmental sustainability. It called on vets to increase their prominence and influence across a wide range of global health and environmental sustainability issues – including protecting animal health and welfare, the natural environment, biodiversity, managing invasive species, climate change, food security, research and development, and antimicrobial resistance.