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Following the successful launch of the UK Veterinary Factsheet at the 2023 BCVA Congress, VetSalus and Vet Sustain are delighted to be launching an updated version for New Zealand farm veterinary professionals at this year’s NZVA conference in Christchurch.

Farming is often cited as a major contributor to climate change through impacts on global warming and the environment. As the global population increases past the 8 billion mark, the role of sustainable farming in food production has never been so important. Farm vets as trusted advisors and advocates are integral to supporting sustainable and regenerative farming practices. Through their wide-reaching influence, farm vets can offer solutions and lead conversations championing a ‘less and better’ philosophy.

But what are the facts? It can be difficult for vets to navigate the complexity and conflicting information regarding this subject. Within the factsheet we outline some of the key considerations to inspire vets when approaching these conversations with farmers, and to act as a starting point towards encouraging a more regenerative mindset.


David Black, Managing Director of VetSalus said:

After feedback from veterinary colleagues we set out to develop a user-friendly resource for vet professionals to inspire and enable them to have discussions around sustainability in agriculture; we have provided concepts and evidence to help initiate and maintain meaningful dialogue, thus avoiding polarising debate"


Ed Bailey, Chair of Vet Sustain said:

Sustainable food and farming is a complex and nuanced subject in which there are many different competing views. This can feel overwhelming as a practising vet trying to navigate conversations with farmers, colleagues or friends who look to us for knowledge and advice. This resource is a starting point to help engage and understand more about the challenges and solutions.


This free resource is specifically designed for large animal practitioners hoping to gain a wider understanding of the topic of sustainable farming. Covering a range of topics including animal welfare, water, soil, biodiversity and emissions, the factsheet discusses the challenges and solutions of each area.


Mark Bryan, Director of NZ Regional Investment Group said:

This is an excellent and easy- to-read summary of some of the key areas that production animal vets will want to be familiar with when discussing sustainability with their clients and colleagues. This resource is a great starting point for further learning and exploration, to help vets be comfortable in having informed discussion and debate.”


A poster version will be on display at the VetSalus stand at the NZVA conference in Christchurch on 19th-21st June 2024. Free copies of the booklet will also be available. A copy of the free resource can also be accessed via the link below. If you would like to print your own copies of the factsheet please contact [email protected] to request the print version.




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