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Profession urged to make sustainability a priority in 2022
"We know that, when it comes to sustainability, even simple changes can really make a difference" - Justine Shotton, BVA president.
BVA calls on individuals to commit to positive change.

Veterinary professionals are being urged to kickstart the new year by promising to make sustainability a priority.

The BVA says the profession has ‘a vital part to play’ in reducing its environmental impact and is calling on as many veterinary professionals as possible to commit to positive change.

Dozens of individuals signed up to the #GreenTeamVet pledges announced at London Vet Show in November, which include:
  • To practise responsible resource use
  • To be more sustainable in my operation
  • To use medicines responsibly
  • To empower my team.
The Association says it would now like to see more professionals commit to #GreenTeamVet, and is highlighting some of the many ways that being sustainable can bring benefits for workplaces - from saving money and resources to reducing waste and helping to improve staff engagement.

BVA’s president Justine Shotton stressed that while pledging to sustainability may sound daunting, there are many simple ways to make an impact.

“We know how busy veterinary professionals are on a day-to-day basis and that the workforce is more stretched than ever before. But we also know that, when it comes to sustainability, even simple changes can really make a difference, and of course, the more people who take part, the greater the impact will be,” she said.

“You may decide to give yourself more of a challenge, but something as simple as promising to always recycle or to save resources by printing fewer hard copies really does make a difference. Even just telling your colleagues about your pledge and reasons for signing up helps to spread the word and encourages more people to do their part.”

Figures from BVA's 2021 July Voice of the Veterinary Profession Mini Survey found that 97 per cent of vets feel environmental sustainability is important, with 62 per cent saying it is very important to them. Despite this, fewer than half (47%) of vets said their workplace currently had any sustainability policies in place.

“Our research shows sustainability is already important to veterinary professionals, and the start of a new year is a great opportunity to put plans into action,” said Dr Shotton. “We urge everyone to take the time to talk about the issue within your practices – with your colleagues and with clients too - and to start 2022 off on a good note by promising to make positive changes, and then actioning them.”

To find out more and to sign the pledge, visit bva.co.uk/greenteamvet

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VET Festival returns for 2022

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 VET Festival, the unique CPD opportunity, is returning for 2022, running from 20 to 21 May.

The outdoor event, held at Loseley Park in Guildford, will feature 17 education streams, with a dedicated stream covering veterinary wellness, leadership and management topics. The festival will feature veterinary speakers from around the world, with the opportunity to collect 14 hours of CPD across the two-day event.

Alongside veterinary education, VET Festival will also offer wellbeing activities such as yoga and mindfulness activities, with the popular VETFest Live Party Night making a return for 2022.

Tickets available here.  

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Free webinar on rearing better heifers

A free webinar is being held by Volac to help dairy farmers rear better heifers. Marking the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) 'Great British Calf Week', the webinar is scheduled to take place at 12.15pm - 1.45pm on Thursday 3 February 2022.

Focusing on the management input needed to produce better heifers, the webinar will explore practical tips for better calf rearing, sustainable growth through effective calf nutrition, and the importance of sustainable ingredients in calf milk formulas.

Anyone interested in attending can register here.