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Vet Sustain

Nationwide, United Kingdom

Veterinary professionals occupy an extraordinary niche for driving the sustainability agenda. By taking steps such as reducing the carbon footprint of veterinary operations, ensuring responsible medicine use and supporting regenerative forms of agriculture and aquaculture, vets can address the environmental and ethical impacts of their own activities and the sectors they influence.

Vet Sustain is a new and unique group — there is no other veterinary group worldwide that is dedicated to a broad range of interconnected sustainability issues. The organisation was established in October 2019 in response to calls for the veterinary professions to increase their prominence and influence in sustainability. Recognising the unique One Health skill set and trusted position held by vets, vet nurses and members of the vet-led team — Vet Sustain created a platform for veterinary professions to come together and take collective action

‘Our profession already delivers a wide range of sustainability services to society, we understand the inextricable links between human, animal and environmental wellbeing. But it’s time for our influence and duty to reach beyond the patients under our care, to all animals that are impacted by human activity.’
Laura Higham, Vet Sustain Founder

In May 2020 sankalpa supported Vet Sustain with funding to develop their website, brand and messaging.

‘Although we already had a strong social media presence, our website and brand was an area of significant weakness. Funding from sankalpa allowed us to better showcase the breadth and depth of our current work and future plans.’

The organisation is currently focused on three key topics through their working groups: food and farming, sustainability in veterinary education and the environmental footprints of veterinary practices. By embedding and mainstreaming sustainability planning and action into the veterinary agenda, Laura is confident that Vet Sustain can support veterinary professionals to become a leading force for sustainability.

‘To support a sustainable future, we must tackle climate change, and promote healthy and biodiverse ecosystems. The COVID-19 pandemic has given a stark reminder of the importance of protecting nature to also protect humanity.’

The next step for Vet Sustain involves registering as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) and building a suite of toolkits and training to equip veterinary professionals with the knowledge and resources they need to drive sustainability in their roles.

Vet Sustain is currently seeking seed funding to allow them to further develop their services and become financially self-sufficient.

sankalpa’s support has included both financial help and personal mentorship — a combination that has given me the means and confidence to take forward an fledgeling idea. Their agile processes enable them to deliver support quickly and efficiently, when it is needed most — a lifeline.

Laura Higham, Vet Sustain Founder

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