‘Nurses are perfectly positioned to have a positive impact on sustainability in all aspects of the profession. BVA’s #GreenTeamVet campaign page will be a useful area to collate information and signpost to the resources available. We at the BVNA are keen to support nurses in their bid to achieve a greener workplace, and sustainability with our resources; many nurses have already started that journey within their workplace and their home environment, we can drive this forward by sharing experiences and changes we have made to contribute to sustainability’ – BVNA President, Jo Oakden.

Visit our BVNA Members Forum on Sustainability that was started at #BVNAThisIsUs2020 for VNFutures to share and gather information.

To celebrate One Health Day (3 November 2020), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a new campaign to inspire veterinary teams wanting to work in a more environmentally friendly way.

The #GreenTeamVet campaign page is a signposting hub which aims to promote initiatives and resources that demonstrate how veterinary professionals can use their expertise and knowledge to work towards a more sustainable future and become champions for the environment.

In 2019, a BVA survey revealed that 89% of vets would like to play a more active role in the UK sustainability agenda and the BVA #GreenTeamVet campaign page aims to inspire those at the start of this journey.

It includes:

  • Links to Vet Sustain resources 
  • BVA’s Sustainable Animal Agriculture policy and checklist for veterinary teams
  • Information on BVA’s ‘Choose Assured’ campaign
  • BVA’s One Health in Action Report
  • A range of blogs
  • BVA’s environmental policy
  • More information on an upcoming Free ‘Green Team Vet’ session at BVA’s ‘Autumn Series’ by Vet Sustain on Tuesday 10th November.

BVA Junior Vice President, Justine Shotton said:

“We know that our members are passionate about protecting the environment and are deeply concerned about high extinction rates of wild animals, biodiversity loss, climate change, and plastic pollution.

“As champions of animal health and welfare, vets have influence across a range of sectors such as government and agriculture and are key in the One Health agenda. Our expertise means that we have a unique and important voice that can be part of conversations on the environment and sustainability.

“Our #GreenTeamVet campaign page can be used as a starting point for vets and their teams who want to get involved and do their bit. We hope to elevate the individual and collective actions of our members and would love to hear more about what you are doing in your practice. Don’t forget to share any examples of how you are working or living more sustainably by tweeting us using #GreenTeamVet to get involved.”