Sustainability in Veterinary Practice and Beyond
Programme for the day

9.45-10.00am
Breakfast Update
Laura Higham, Vet Sustain

10.00-10.10am
Welcome and Introductions
Anna Judson, SPVS President & Sue Paterson, RCVS

10.15-10.40am
10 Steps Towards Greener Veterinary Practice
Ellie West, Clinical Veterinary Anaesthetist and Linnaeus Environmental Sustainability Lead, Linnaeus
Ellie West will suggest her top 10 steps to introduce environmentally-friendly management into veterinary clinics, drawing from her experiences since becoming Environmental Sustainability Lead at Linnaeus during the COVID pandemic.

10.45-11.10am
The Sustainable Farm Practitioner
Rob Howe, Veterinary Surgeon / Clinical Director, LLM Farm Vets
Rob will introduce some of the sustainability concepts to be considered as an environmentally-conscious farm animal practitioner, including the effects of medicine use on invertebrate populations and ideas for mitigating their ecological impacts.

11.10-11.30am
Coffee and top tips for sustainable(ish) living with Jen Gale
Sustainability campaigner and author Jen Gale will talk to us over coffee about how veterinary professionals can lead a more sustainable life.

11.30-11.55am
Sustainability in Equine Practice
Tim Mair, Bell Equine and Silvia Janska, The Equine Veterinary Practice

Tim and Silvia will consider the top three most environmentally harmful actions in equine practice, and what steps equine practices can take, and advise their clients to take, to address these.

12.00-12.25pm
A Sustainable Zoo
Justine Shotton, BVA Junior Vice President & Marwell Zoo Head Vet
Justine will outline how her team’s focus on conservation and sustainability informs the healthcare and husbandry of Marwell’s exotic and endangered species.

12.30-1.10pm
Working Towards a Greener future in Veterinary Practice
Vet Sustain Greener Veterinary Practice Panel:
Zoe Halfacree, Davies Veterinary
Specialists; April Sotomayor, Investors in the Environment (iiE); Becky Sedman, Minster Veterinary Practice; and Jo Oakden, BVNA President
To wrap up the morning session, members of Vet Sustain’s Greener Veterinary Practice Working Group will reflect on the morning’s presentations and take questions on how veterinary professionals and practices can drive meaningful change.

1.10pm-1.15pm
Morning Wrap Up
Anna Judson and Liz Somerville, VMG

1.15-2.00pm
Lunch with Rosie Brandreth and Sean McCormack

2.00-2.15pm
Influencing Sustainability in Wider Society
Laura Higham, Vet Sustain

2.15-2.40pm
A Vet’s Role in Sustainability Policy
Professor the Lord Trees
In this session, Professor the Lord Trees will highlight the opportunities for vets to inform policy at the highest level. He will draw from his work in the House of Lords and provide examples of how veterinary leadership can support change towards a more sustainable future.

2.45-3.10pm
Blue Futures: A fish vet’s perspective on sustainable aquaculture  
Ronnie Soutar, Fish Vet and Head of Veterinary Services, Scottish Sea Farms
Ronnie will discuss sustainability challenges, progress and opportunities in the rise of aquaculture.

3.10-3.30pm
Coffee with Jess French
CBeebies presenter, children’s author, vet and Vet Sustain Ambassador, Jess French will entertain us over coffee time with a chat about her conservation titles for children, including an extract from her recent book ‘Let’s Save Our Planet: Forests’; an uplifting read with an important environmental message.

3.30-3.55pm
Sustainable Farming Futures
Alex Tomlinson, Wildlife Health and Veterinary Consultant
& Navaratnam Partheeban, Phibro Animal Health
In this session, wildlife vet Alex Tomlinson, and dairy consultant Navaratnam Partheeban will discuss the urgent need for developing veterinary support for pathways to sustainable food production, through the application of the principles regenerative agriculture, and health management and planning tools.

4.00-4.25pm
Sustainability in Pet Food
Nicole Paley & Claire Robinson-Davies , Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA)
In this session, using member case studies, Nicole and Claire will talk us through priority areas for their sustainability work: recyclability of packaging, sustainability of ingredients, animal welfare and environmental impacts of pet food production.

4.30-5.00pm
Wrap Up
Laura Higham, Anna Judson & Liz Somerville

 Draft programme, subject to change

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