We support participants to become 'Climate Champions' who work with their team to implement changes that improve environmental sustainability. They'll learn about key aspects of sustainability in veterinary practice, and how making improvements in these areas helps conserve precious natural resources, reduce pollution and, most pressingly, mitigate climate change.
The program is delivered online using the Tribal Habits learning management system. It comprises of an introductory module and 6 sequential content based modules, each addressing a different sustainability topic. We'll provide guidance about how to get the most out of each module, depending on the time the Climate Champion has available. The modules cover the following topics:
- efficient water use
- recycling and minimising landfill
- energy efficiency
- renewable energy
- chemicals (including anaesthetic gases), toxins and pharmaceuticals
Dr Jeremy Watson from Brimbank Veterinary Clinic talks about how the program works and it's benefits
Note: At the time of producing this video,
the Climate Care Program was known as the Climate Smart Program.
Climate Champions - embedding environmental sustainability into everyday clinic life!
To help generate momentum, provide support and help facilitate problem-solving, we encourage Climate Champions to find at least one 'buddy', from within their team. Together they will build a team around them, so that environmentally sustainable practices become embedded in everyday clinic life!
Complementing the program is the Climate Care online community (using the Discourse discussion platform) where Climate Champions can interact and support each other as they progress their environmental sustainability journey, and the Climate Care website where resources, tips and tools are shared.
Registration gives Climate Champions access to the Tribal Habits learning management system for 12 months, with options to extend. Engagement with the modules is flexible and self-paced, with no set weekly time commitment.
There'll be some minimum criteria for the Climate Champion to meet before progressing to a new module (e.g. implement three easy sustainability solutions, share their achievements with their team and clients, complete a feedback survey).
What it costs
The Climate Care Program is of value to veterinary business in many ways, including improved staff satisfaction and retention, client perception, cost savings and increased profitability. At this stage of development, we seek to learn more about the value of the program as perceived by those who are implementing it in their workplace. We'll be working closely with practices participating in our preliminary launch (commencing May 2022) to clarify the perceived value of the program, and to develop mechanisms that make the program financially sustainable and further the important work of Vets for Climate Action.
The full program is scheduled for launch in August 2022.
Got questions about the Climate Care Program?
Email our team at [email protected] We will be happy to help!
How to get involved...
The Climate Care Program is scheduled for launch in August 2022. Register your interest to be kept up to date on the latest program information.