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Veterinarians for Climate Action - a voice for all animals

Why we care

Heat stress
Heat stress
Our members see countless cases of heat stress and dehydration in pets, livestock and wildlife.
Species extinction
Species extinction
Under business as usual CO2 emissions scenarios, wildlife extinction rates of between 16% to 89% have been predicted.
Water scarcity
Water scarcity
As well as rising temperatures, the southern half of Australia is experiencing long-term reductions in rainfall.
One health
One health
Climate change threatens our One Health relationship with Australia's animals.
Natural disasters
Natural disasters
Increased frequency and severtity of natural disasters such as cyclones, bushfires, floods and droughts cause untold distress to the animlas we love.
Our reefs are disappearing
Our reefs are disappearing
Climate change presents the single biggest threat to the continued existence of the Great Barrier Reef.
Agricultural productivity and viability
Agricultural productivity and viability
Climate change is changing long term weather patterns that farmers and their animals rely upon.
Epidemiology
Epidemiology
Climate change will be a factor in the epidemiology of vector-borne and infectious diseases, affecting human and animal health.

Meet our patron

Prof Peter Doherty
Prof Peter Doherty
Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for their discoveries about transplantation and “killer” T cell-mediated immunity, an understanding that is currently translating into new cancer treatments. The first veterinarian to win a Nobel, he was Australian of the Year in 1997. Still active in research on immunity to influenza, he commutes between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis and the Peter Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne, where he now spends most of his professional time. Apart from his scientific output that can be found on PubMed, he is the author of several “lay” books, including: The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize; A Light History of Hot Air; Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell us About our Health and the World; Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know, and most recently, The Incidental Tourist. Passionate about promoting an evidence-based view of reality, another book of Peter's: The Knowledge Wars is a “warts and all” view of science for non-scientists, even for people who don’t like science.  It also suggests how any thoughtful citizen can bypass the facile propagandists and probe the scientific evidence for and against some of the big issues, like climate change or GM foods.

Our Business Members

We thank the following businses members for their support: Greater Springfield Veterinary Hospital, QLD; Animal Happiness Veterinary, Perth; Eclipse Park Vet Surgery, QLD; Veterinary Oncology Consultants, NSW Gowrie Vet Clinic, NSW; Anipal;...
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Latest Media

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Media Release: VfCA presents How Climate Change Impacts Animals

November 25, 2020

Pre-eminent Aussie scientist Professor Lesley Hughes presented to the veterinary profession on how climate change is impacting our animals. Lesley is a wealth of knowledge and we hope you find this video as informative and interesting as we did. An event organised by Veterinarians...

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VfCA presents: What does good climate policy look like?

October 28, 2020

We are proud to announce that Professor Mark Howden and Professor Lesley Hughes, both eminent speakers on climate change, presented to the Veterinary profession on what good climate policy looks like. They did this through addressing the Prime Minister’s response to the open letter...

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VfCA attends VBG summit

October 20, 2020

This Thursday Climate and Sustainability will be the focus of the VBG's virtual summit. Jeannet Kessels, our chair, will be interviewed by the keynote speaker and this will be followed by breakout groups to discuss climate action. Veterinary business owners and managers, please join...

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