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Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)™ reports

Sharing important insights into veterinary care

Made possible through a partnership between the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and Banfield®, our Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)™ reports combine the power of Banfield’s extensive access to data with open, solution-based dialogue to help improve patient outcomes.


The 2024 Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)™ report:

Sustainability in veterinary medicine

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Climate change is posing an unprecedented threat to the health of pets, people, and the planet. As veterinary professionals, we have a unique responsibility to pets and people to rethink how we run our practices. This report shares what Banfield has uncovered during its sustainability journey, as well as actionable advice for any veterinary practice or professional aspiring to reduce their impact on the planet. This includes steps to:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Limiting material waste and diverting waste from landfills, and
  • Using antibiotics judiciously to preserve their efficacy now and in the future.

Our work in this space is part of the Mars Inc. Sustainable in a Generation Plan, aimed at reducing Mars’ environmental impact in line with what science says is necessary to keep the planet healthy. In 2023, Mars announced its Net Zero Roadmap, an action plan for achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including a new target to cut carbon in half by 2030 across its full value chain. To learn more, click here. Mars Veterinary Health and all its businesses, including Banfield, are taking action to contribute to this commitment.

At Banfield, we are at the beginning of our sustainability journey. Included in this report are insights we have learned as we researched methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste. This report is meant to be an amalgamation of insights gathered. Every veterinary practice is different. Within our hospitals, we are taking steps to reduce our impact on the planet that best aligns with our practice and our mission, and we encourage you to do the same.

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Download previous Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)™ reports

2023 report: The impact of Big Data in veterinary medicine

2022 report: Domains of quality
Implementing safety and quality improvements in veterinary medicine

2021 report: Pet obesity and arthritis

2020 report: Overweight pets
Let’s talk before the problem gets any bigger

2019 report: When age is not the culprit
Opportunities to improve outcomes in arthritic pets

2018 report: Feline antimicrobial usage

2017 report: Are we doing our part to prevent superbugs?
Antimicrobial usage patterns among companion animal veterinarians

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Our veterinary science approach and team

PetWare®, our proprietary data and electronic medical records system, pushes data from all pet visits across the country to Banfield’s headquarters daily. Our dedicated team of data analysts, specialists and veterinarians then studies this data to help strengthen and improve our hospitals, and to share our findings with the veterinary community. We also pull in the latest findings from the wider profession to guide our protocols and ensure that we are at the forefront of the primary care we offer in our hospitals.

Sharing resources with the profession

Banfield is passionate about sharing our key findings with the wider profession and believes in the power of combining data with open, solution-based dialogue to help improve patient outcomes. We often share new findings at national veterinary conferences and through our industry partnerships. We also partner with veterinary colleagues and experts at several colleges on original research projects, including Iowa State University, UC Davis, Ontario Veterinary College, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota and University of Liverpool.

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Part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices

Banfield is part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices, and we share key insights with our sister brands to deliver on our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. Together, we strive to lead the future of pet healthcare, and our collective ecosystem enables collaboration. This includes sharing data and key insights with Royal Canin, Waltham, Mars Petcare, and Wisdom Health, our veterinary sister practices.

These partnerships help us to improve the lives of pets beyond our hospital. One great example of this collaboration in action is our partnership with Wisdom Health. Through this partnership, we offer clients genetic and ancestry testing for dogs.

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