At VOC we have a strong commitment to social and environmental justice. This is just who we (Tony and Angela) are. But we also see it as a natural extension of our own mission as veterinarians…
to support the well-being of all creatures.
Here are some of the steps we take as expressions of this commitment…
- As our consulting veterinarians know, we spend a lot of time at our computers. Photovoltaic panels installed on our roof in 2003 provide much of the electricity we use during our consulting hours.
- And we power down completely every night.
- We pay close attention to paper and ink use …
- We use an electronic fax service to cut down on paper use.
- For the paper that we do use, we choose Australian made 100% recycled paper.
- For in-house use, we print double-sided and on “draft” setting to cut down on both paper and ink.
- We also re-use paper by re-purposing partially used paper or the back of junk mail for notes, brainstorming, and other “scrap” uses.
- And of course any waste paper, spent ink cartridges and cartridge packaging and other packaging are always recycled!
- We do travel a lot. To help mitigate the environmental impact of our road time, we purchased a Toyota Prius as our new company car in December 2012 (it’s a great car to drive!). We choose E10 fuel when it’s available (the jury’s still out on ethanol though, we’ll see).
- One percent of profits goes to charity. Our primary charity is WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature), for which VOC is a regular monthly donor. Other charities that VOC supports include Australian Red Cross, Greenpeace, Dry July, Relay for Life, the Black Dog Institute, UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières, and others.
- An additional one percent of profits is set aside in a special fund used in generating new knowledge in veterinary oncology and the development of new treatments for animals with cancer.
- We’re very fortunate to be located on a 25-acre property on the mid-north coast of NSW. As part of our stewardship of this land, we maintain native bush over a large proportion of it and we never “burn off”.
- In 2008 – 2010, VOC donated over 300 hours of consulting time to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program in work on chemotherapeutic attempts to control the Devil Facial Tumour. This work led to several presentations and publications including http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0065133
- In 2014, Angela attended a 3-day training session with the Australian Conservation Foundation and Climate Reality Project to learn more about climate science and how to communicate about it, becoming a Climate Reality Leader. If you’re interested in a presentation about any aspect of climate change and solutions for your veterinary group community organization or school group, Angela’s always happy to give a presentation or if you’re far away, she can put you in touch with a Climate Reality Leader closer to you – just drop us a line.