A Veterinary Approach to Sustainable Food and Farming
Created by Vet Sustain in conjunction with VetSalus
As veterinary professionals, we are in a unique position to take action and inspire others. As farm animal health professionals, we have privileged access to the farming businesses that represent our food system, the unrivalled trust of our clients, and a multidisciplinary skill set. With these tools, we are in an ideal position to help develop the sustainable food and farming system we need to meet the nutritional needs of our growing population, combat climate change, regenerate ecosystems, secure rural livelihoods and safeguard animal welfare.
A Veterinary Approach to Sustainable Food and Farming will empower veterinary professionals working with farm animals to unlock their unique toolbox of skills and knowledge to help producers attain multiple sustainability objectives – for the benefit of the animals under our care, rural communities, wildlife and the wider environment. This online learning course has been written and developed by a collaborative team from Vet Sustain and VetSalus.
Sustainability course designed for veterinarians and paraprofessionals working with production animals
Self-Paced Online Learning Course
Designed to fit around busy work and life schedules
During this course you will study:
The Role of Veterinary Professionals in Sustainability
Farming Systems of the World
Better and Efficient Farming
Agro-ecological, organic, and regenerative agriculture
Driving Change and Sustainable and Regenerative Business
Take a closer look at the course, including some FREE lesson previews!
Course overviewFREE PREVIEW
Welcome to the Course from Laura
Welcome to the Course from David
What to ExpectFREE PREVIEW
How to Navigate The Course - Top Tips
Directory of recommended reading and resources
About usFREE PREVIEW
Glossary of Terms
Brief overviewFREE PREVIEW
Module champion: Ruth ClementsFREE PREVIEW
TASK Module 1 Introductions
1.1 IntroductionFREE PREVIEW
1.2 Sustainability 101FREE PREVIEW
TASK 1.2 Sustainability 101FREE PREVIEW
1.2.1 Sustainability 101FREE PREVIEW
1.3 The AnthropoceneFREE PREVIEW
TASK 1.3 The Anthropocene
1.3.1 The AnthropoceneFREE PREVIEW
1.4 Sustainability: a destination or journey?
TASK 1.4 Sustainability: a destination or journey?
1.5 Meaningful change
TASK 1.5 Meaningful change
1.5.1 Meaningful change
TASK 1.5.1 Meaningful change
1.5.2 Meaningful change
TASK 1.5.2 Meaningful change
1.6 Voluntary sustainability initiatives in food and farming
TASK 1.6 Voluntary sustainability initiatives in food and farming
1.7 Why veterinary professionals?
1.7.1 Why veterinary professionals?
1.7.2 Why veterinary professionals?
TASK 1.7.2 Why veterinary professionals?
1.8 A changing profession
TASK 1.8 A changing profession
Introducing: The project
References and further reading
Module champion: Rob Howe
TASK Module 2 Introductions
2.2 Sustainability in our own operations – why is it so important?
TASK 2.2 Sustainability in our own operations – why is it so important?
2.3 What are other sectors doing?
TASK 2.3 What are other sectors doing?
2.4 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – responsible resource useFREE PREVIEW
2.4.1 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – responsible resource use
2.5 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – sustainable operations
TASK 2.5.1 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – sustainable operations
TASK 18.104.22.168 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – sustainable operations
2.5.2 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – sustainable operations
TASK 2.5.2 Discuss Telemedicine
2.6 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – use medicines responsibly
TASK 2.6 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – use medicines responsibly
2.7 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – empowering the team
TASK 2.7 Sustainability in clinical veterinary settings – empowering the team
2.8 Engaging and sustaining the whole veterinary team
TASK 2.8 Engaging and sustaining the whole veterinary team
2.8.1 Engaging and sustaining the whole veterinary team
References and further reading
Module champion: Alice Geddes
TASK Module 3 Introductions
3.1 Sustainability Challenges in our Food Systems
TASK 3.1 Sustainability Challenges in our Food Systems
3.2 Sustainability challenges – Environment
3.2.1 Sustainability challenges – Environment
TASK 3.2.1 Sustainability challenges – Environment
3.2.3 Sustainability challenges - People & Animals
3.2.4 Sustainability challenges - People
3.3 Frameworks and approaches to consider sustainability challenges
3.3.1 Ethics: People
3.3.2 Ethics: Animals
TASK 3.3.2 Ethics: Animals
3.3.3 Ethics: Animals
TASK 3.3.3 Ethics: Animals
3.4 Opportunities for change
TASK 3.4 Opportunities for change
3.5 Challenges or opportunities in food and farming – key debatesFREE PREVIEW
3.5.1 Challenges or opportunities in food and farming – key debatesFREE PREVIEW
TASK 3.5.1 Challenges or opportunities in food and farming – key debatesFREE PREVIEW
3.6 Changing demand to address sustainability
3.6.1 Changing demand to address sustainability
References and further reading
Module Champion: David Black
TASK Module 4 Introductions
4.1 Why do we farm?
TASK 4.1 Why do we farm?
4.1.1 Why do we farm?
4.2 What do we farm?
4.3 Where do we farm?
TASK 4.3 Where do we farm?
4.4 Farming systems
4.4.1 Farming systems
4.4.2 Farming systems
TASK 4.4 Farming systems
4.5 What wild food do we catch and harvest?
4.6 Farming Livelihoods
TASK 4.6 Farming Livelihoods
4.6.1 Farming Livelihoods
TASK 4.6.1 Farming Livelihoods
4.7 The role of veterinary professionals in different farming systems of the world
Module Champion: Navaratnam Partheeban
TASK Module 5 Introductions
5.1 Existing structures and classifications for ‘Better’ food and farming
5.1.1 Legislation and policy
TASK 5.1.1 Legislation and policy
5.2 Assurance schemes
TASK 5.2 Assurance schemes
5.3 Food business standards
TASK 5.3 Food business standards
5.3.1 Food business standards
5.4 The role of veterinary professionals in farming standards
5.5 How can we assess which countries, companies and assurance schemes are supporting ‘Better’ farming?
TASK 5.5 How can we assess which countries, companies and assurance schemes are supporting ‘Better’ farming?
5.5.1 Labour Rights Index
TASK 5.5.1 Assurance Schemes
5.5.2 Animal Welfare
5.6 On-farm tools to measure ‘Better’ farming outcomes
5.7 The importance of metrics
Overseas businesses can purchase the course exclusive of VAT. All UK residents and overseas individuals are subject to VAT.
Non-UK Business ONLY (no VAT)
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Similarly, if you are an overseas business and would like to enrol on our course, select the non-VAT price and contact our team with your business details.
Students will have the opportunity to join and interact with a community of like minded veterinary professionals taking the course at the same time
Option to attend live (recorded) online tutorials at the beginning, middle and end of the course to consolidate the learning material, address specific questions and participate in discussions
Upon completion of the course and submission of an assignment (max 2500 words), successful students will receive a LANTRA accredited certificate
Am I eligible to sign up for the course?
The course is aimed at veterinarians and those working in vet-led businesses, and whilst there are no specific requirements, all students are expected to have undertaken an undergraduate degree, technical qualification as a paraprofessional, or a relevant diploma. If you are unsure please contact us before you enrol on the course.
How much is the course?
The full price of the course will be £1,250 +VAT per student. Overseas (non-UK) businesses may be eligible for a non-VAT price of £1,250, please contact us for more information.
How long with the course take me to complete?
We expect each module to take between 3 and 5hours to complete over the course of 6-9 months (there are 10 modules = up to 50 hours). In addition there are a number of deep dives and a list of further reading for those interested in a particular area or wishing to expand their knowledge further. We highly recommend diarising regular study sessions to keep progressing through the course content.
How much support with I have during the course?
There will be a live (and recorded) tutorial with the community and course organisers at the beginning, middle and end of the course to consolidate the learning material, address specific questions and participate in discussions. Students will also join a community of veterinary professionals all taking the course at the same time, to help each other along the way.
What do I need to accomplish in order to complete the course and receive my LANTRA accredited certificate?
During the course there will be tasks and quick quizzes to solidify learning throughout the course. At the end of the course, you will also be required to submit an assignment which will be reviewed by our course organisers, with either a pass or fail awarded to each student. In this assignment, you should set out how you would support a farm animal client during their transition to more sustainable ways of farming. We’re looking for evidence that you can apply your knowledge to a practical scenario - which can either be fictitious, semi-fictitious or a real-life farming client, whom you may or may not wish to engage with as part of the project. Your submission should take the form of a written report, case study or essay, of a maximum of 2500 words. Alongside your written piece, you may optionally choose to submit an audio recording, interview or video.
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