Moving with the Tide
Involving your Veterinary Practice with the Project:
Well Hello! I hear you're wanting to get your practice involved in sustainability and reducing plastic waste within your clinic. Have no fear! You have come to the right place! I dream of an industry standard where all Veterinary practices ensure plastic reduction/reuse is the norm within their clinics. With your help, we are one step closer to seeing that dream come true. There are a number of reasons I recommend transitioning your practice to a more environmentally conscious business and here's why:
1) Cost Effectiveness:
Yes! You read that right! As a business, you can reduce costs by implementing the pill vial recycling program with your clients, and transitioning to a weight-based control audit method. Having clients participate in recycling/re-use means decreasing your pill vial orders and therefore saving costs. In regards to the control audits: transitioning to a weight based method means your practice will discontinue drawing up liquid control substances for auditing purposes completely. Think of how many needle/syringe boxes you will save!
Neat and complete. That's my motto. Transitioning to a weight based liquid control audit method significantly decreases time spent auditing. For example, prior to this weight based method, I completed audits alongside 1-2 other RVTs/Technicians and it took us 1+ hours to finish. If you implement the weight based method, all you need to do is weigh the medication and have a second staff member there to confirm/sign off. This will save your staff time, and allow them to complete other tasks in hospital. Efficiency my Vet industry friends! We are all about efficiency!
3) Client satisfaction:
Providing your clients with incentives (eg. discounts on dispensing fees) to participate in sustainable practices not only benefits the hospital, but provides additional client satisfaction; therefore resulting in clients recognizing your practice for going above and beyond. We all like to be appreciated, and incentives are a great way to connect with your clients and show them a little 'thank you!' for going green. Your clients in turn will be more willing to recommend your practice to family and friends with furried love ones who need to find a Veterinarian. We're all for happy clients and happy pets at LOOP!
4) Evolving the Industry:
We work in a science based industry that is continually evolving, and with this comes the way we practice medicine and run our clinics. Introducing more sustainable practices can have a huge impact on the Veterinary industry, and therefore the environment. By doing this, we not only have the ability to make significant changes to the world around us, but we will be advocating for species in the wild as much as we advocate for our own domestic species.
If you are looking to get your practice involved with the Love Our Oceans Project, please contact me below and I will help you begin your adventure to more sustainable practices within your clinic.
You can find more information about the project itself by clicking here:
Happy Recycling my Eco-Friendly Vets & Support Staff!