VETPARTNERS is proud to be playing a key role in driving change within the veterinary industry for the benefit of the planet.
Our first Sustainability and Giving Back Report has showcased how practices are becoming more environmentally aware and how we’re raising thousands of pounds to help charities and worthy causes.
Thanks to the passion and commitment of colleagues across our family of businesses, VetPartners is on track to achieve – and, in some cases, exceed – 19 of 21 of the key targets set in our first sustainability strategy, entitled Looking forward together, published in January 2021.
Since the launch of the strategy, VetPartners and its practices and other businesses have recycled more than five tonnes of PPE, exceeded the predicted number of practices signing up for the Investors in the Environment accreditation and created homes for nature in our outdoor spaces.
We have also stepped up fundraising efforts across the group, raising more than £45,000 over the last 12 months for a wide range of charities and worthy causes, including Pets As Therapy and The Cinnamon Trust.
Our colleagues raised £20,000 to help humanitarian and animal welfare charities working in Ukraine during the current conflict after VetPartners matched the amount raised by its practices, and also arranged collection of 600 pet carriers for people fleeing the war-torn country with their pets.
The Sustainability and Giving Back Report was prepared by VetPartners Head of ESG Dr Hannah James.
Hannah said: “When we published our sustainability strategy, we committed to 21 targets we wanted to achieve by 2026. We thought it was important we held ourselves to account and be transparent about what we are doing, as well as celebrate the achievements of colleagues.
“We have re-examined all the targets to ensure they are still relevant and in some cases we’ve made changes or raised the bar to push ourselves even more.
“It is great to see how much we have achieved with our collective purpose and energy. Our colleagues are so passionate about sustainability, and as well as making changes in their own practices, many of them are working collaboratively to push for positive changes in the wider industry and society as members of working groups within the profession, winning grants for research into sustainable veterinary care, advising clients on positive changes they can make, and many more actions which are having a big impact.”
The report contains a review of progress against the targets and details of how we plan to achieve them, and can be viewed here: https://www.myvetpartners.co.uk/_files/ugd/c19235_6c619f5a4ea742778a8171730830accf.pdf
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