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Prestigious environmental award for Derbyshire vets

A leading Derbyshire vets has secured a prestigious national environmental accolade for both of its surgeries.

Among the raft of green measures at Chapel House, which has veterinary practices in Chesterfield and Staveley, include the creation of bee-friendly areas and local litter picks.

As a result of such environmentally-friendly measures, Chapel House has been awarded bronze accreditation by Investors in the Environment (iiE), a nationwide initiative which encourages firms to introduce cleaner, more sustainable and environmentally-friendly ways of working.

Other measures initiated at Chapel House include the implementation of a good waste management system and looking at ways to reduce, as well as manage, the waste produced.

This involves the introduction of reusable surgical hats among other items, as well as signing up to be a pilot site for the Mars pet food packaging recycling scheme. This will provide an opportunity for the practice and clients to recycle pet food packaging, which cannot currently be recycled in general recycling conditions.

Speaking on behalf of the ‘green team’ at Linnaeus-owned Chapel House, Emma Rickers, clinical director and veterinary surgeon, who has been at the forefront of implementing the green changes, said: “We fully appreciate how important it is for the business to be as environmentally-friendly as possible and that we back up our words with actions.

“This is why we’re making a conscious drive across both practices to go green, whether this is in clinical aspects or administration work.”

Further green initiatives at Chapel House include close monitoring of gas and electricity usage, plus anaesthetic gases and waste, with regular meter reads taken where possible. There has also been an antibiotic surrender programme for clients, encouraging the return of antibiotics that are not needed.

“We’re very proud to have achieved this bronze accreditation from the iiE and will continue to find ways to further reduce our environmental impact,” added Emma.

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Stella Richardson, registered veterinary nurse (left) and Emma Rickers, clinical director Bee House with Chapel House's certificate.

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