Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems

Vet profession sustainability champion awarded

Founder of Vet Sustain wins prize for work dedicated to championing sustainability in the veterinary professions.

A PhD student from the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security has been recognised with an award for founding the not-for-profit social enterprise Vet Sustain.

Laura Higham was nominated by her supervisor for the SRS Changemakers’ Award.

The prize from the University’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) celebrates individuals who have made a noticeable positive impact. It was given to Dr Higham for making sustainability and climate action relevant to a specific profession, as well as the impressive communications, education and reach of the Vet Sustain network.

Project benefits

Vets are unique in their work at the human-animal-environment interface and hold positions of great influence in society to drive change for a more sustainable future - for people, their patients, and the natural world.

Vet Sustain produces tools, training and communications centred around six Veterinary Sustainability Goals, aligned with the UN’s Global Goals. Resources include a greener veterinary practice checklist and accompanying guidance to help implement sustainable practices, working in partnership with BVA, SPVS and BVNA.

Judges commented that they are looking forward to seeing how the network develops. The awards will be celebrated at on online event.

I am delighted to have won a Changemaker award, and accept this on behalf of my fellow Vet Sustain directors, working group members and volunteers who have given their time to this initiative over the past 18 months. 

We have a collective mission to support vets and veterinary teams to leverage their immense knowledge and positions of trust within communities, to help tackle some of the greatest environmental and ethical issues of our time - it's been such a privilege to help bring this to fruition. A big thank you to my PhD supervisor Lisa Boden for kindly nominating me for the award.

Laura HighamThe Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security


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SRS Changemakers’ Award