As a practice we recognise that providing veterinary care does have a negative impact on the wider environment and we are keen to reduce this as much as we can, with the aim of the business to achieve ‘net zero’ before 2050. We want to do this because we believe that the veterinary industry has a responsibility to promote the health, welfare and diversity of all species, and not just the domestic pets we are presented with on a daily basis.
Therefore, we are proud to have achieved our Bronze Accreditation with Investors in the Environment. As part of this we have calculated our carbon footprint, produced an environmental policy for the practice (see below) and have set targets for reducing our carbon emissions.
Our staff are engaged in various environmental projects, one such project involved a litter pick at Tynemouth beach, where we removed 5kg of rubbish.
Plastic waste is unfortunately inevitable in medical settings however we are now pleased to be able to recycle much more plastic than previously through partnering with 'Teracycle'. We can also recycle medication blister packs and plastic pet food packaging, so please contact your local surgery if you want us to recycle this for you.