First ever Carbon Calculator for veterinary practices launched

18 November 2022

A brand-new tool to help vet teams track their carbon emissions and become more environmentally sustainable has launched at the London Vet Show.

The widely anticipated Veterinary Carbon Calculator, which is the first specifically tailored to the environmental impacts of veterinary practice, will enable vet teams to easily calculate their carbon emissions for the first time.

Developed by Vet Sustain in partnership with Investors in the Environment (iiE), the calculator is also supported by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS).

The calculator breaks down carbon emissions into various elements of business activity, such as utilities, travel and veterinary care waste. Once a baseline carbon footprint has been calculated, practices can set a baseline and track measurable progress. The calculator will help veterinary practice teams make positive changes to their business operations by providing essential understanding.

Carl Gorman, Vice President of BSAVA, said: “BSAVA are delighted to see this Veterinary Carbon Calculator come to fruition. All branches of the profession recognise the need for awareness of our environmental impact. This calculator will enable practices to readily determine their carbon footprint and highlight how to reduce their impact, as well as giving them an opportunity to seek to offset that carbon. With sustainability being integrated into the new RCVS Practice Standards, we urge our members to make use of this tool.”

To find out more about the Veterinary Carbon Calculator visit