As veterinary professionals, we are in a unique position to take action and inspire others. Understanding the impact of our actions, and what we can do to reduce that impact and create positive change is vital if we are to ensure the health and welfare of the animals committed to our care, and also support the wellbeing of all life on earth, both now and in the future.

  • Sustainability course designed for veterinarians and paraprofessionals

  • Suitable for all roles within the veterinary profession

  • 8 hours of training delivered online

  • Designed to fit around busy work and life schedules

  • Accessible and actionable

  • Attain a Carbon Literacy certificate

During this course you will explore:

  • The science of climate change – what is causing the warming and how the veterinary profession is contributing

  • Suitable for all roles within the veterinary profession

  • The impact of climate change around the world, nationally and locally, as well as the impacts (current and future) on veterinary practice

  • The future that lies ahead – looking at different predicted scenarios for our climate this century depending on the action taken today

  • The actions that can be taken at individual, practice and professional levels to limit warming and its impacts

Join Our March Cohort

Registrations for March 2024 are now open.

Our March 2024 course takes places over four live sessions, held on Tuesdays 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March at 7-9pm GMT.

New dates - join our April cohort!

Registrations for our April 2024 course are now open

Taking place over two live sessions on Thursday 11th & Friday 12th April 9am-1pm (BST).

New dates - join our May Cohort!

Registrations for May 2024 are now open.

Taking place over four live sessions on Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd May 7-9pm (BST).

Participants must be available to attend all 8 hours of tutorials live to get full benefit of the course and to receive a Carbon Literacy certificate (recordings not available).

Please keep checking back for future course details, and follow social media channels for the latest updates. Or email [email protected] to register your interest in future Carbon Literacy courses. 

If you are a business who would like to discuss Carbon Literacy Training for your team or organisation, please email us on [email protected] we would love to hear from you.

If you purchasing the course through an overseas business, select the non-VAT price of £150 and email [email protected] with your business details.

Course Curriculum - The Details

The course will be delivered through either 2 or 4 live online tutorials, totalling 8 hours of training. Participants must be available to attend all tutorials live to get full benefit of the course and to receive a Carbon Literacy certificate (recordings not available). 

Module 1: The Science

- Why Carbon Literacy for the Veterinary Profession

- Climate Science 101

Module 2: The Impact

- The impacts of climate change (where are we now)

- Carbon footprints 101

Module 3: The Future

- The future we choose

- Life and work in 2030

Module 4: The Action

- Action planning

- Carbon Literacy pledges

As well as live tutorials, there will be additional resources, reading lists and content to explore. Participants will be asked to submit a pledge in order to receive their Carbon Literacy accredited certificate.

What Students Can Expect From The Course

  • Live tutorials

    Live online tutorials totalling 8 hours of CPD. All sessions must be attended live in order to gain Carbon Literacy accreditation.

  • Join our community

    Join a community of sustainability-minded veterinary professionals and interact during participatory tutorials.

  • Get accredited

    Upon completion of the course and submission of your Pledge, receive a Carbon Literacy accredited certificate

Hear what those who have taken the course have to say:

Some of the best hours I have invested in CPD

Dr Ebony Escalona, BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS PhD AHE, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Vets Stay Go Diversify

"I recently attended the Carbon Literacy # Course with Vet Sustain and it’s some of the best hours I have invested in CPD. You come away with the personal things you can do that are acheiveable and you feel empowered to find what will work for you."

A great confidence boost

Natahsa James RVN, REVN Registered Equine Veterinary Nurse, Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership

"Thank you so much for providing such engaging sessions - I learnt a lot but also realised that I already know a lot too, which is a great confidence boost when trying to have sustainable conversations!"

Feeling very inspired

Laura Binnie MRCVS, BVM&S, BSc (Hons), Paragon Vets

"That was amazing - thank you so much! Feeling very inspired!"

I really appreciated Jen's enthusiasm and involvement with the delegates

John Walmsley MA, Vet MB, Cert EO, Dipl.ECVS, Hon. FRCVS

"It was excellent and very much driven by your enthusiasm and delivery which I really appreciated. I liked your involvement with the delegates. It kept us tuned in and drove home the points."

I loved the course!

Hannah Davies, Veterinary Clinical Teaching Fellow, BVMS MRCVS, GCLT, MSc IAH, BSc (Hons) University of Surrey

"I absolutely loved the carbon literacy course, thank you so much!"

Really Engaging!

Becky Sedman, BVSc (Hons), MRCVS

"It was really engaging and really useful and educational for people at all levels - I particularly enjoyed how interactive it was."

Meet Our Trainer

Jen Gale BVetMed Dip Coaching(Hons) MRCVS

Jen qualified in 2004 from the Royal Veterinary College and worked in small animal practice for over 10 years. She is the founder of Sustainable(ish) - a platform all about empowering and inspiring ‘ordinary non-greenies’ to take imperfect eco-action, and is the author of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide and The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Green Parenting. Jen is a qualified coach and is one of only a handful of certified Carbon Literacy trainers. She has successfully delivered Carbon Literacy Training to over 200 people in the last year.