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Dogwood Consulting works with you to weave sustainability into your business.


  • We help you determine what sustainability solutions best fit with your clinic's mission and timeline.

  • Choose a comprehensive 5-step framework or individual programs.

  • Dogwood helps your clinic implement strategic and realistic daily actions to ensure continued success!

Measure baseline and improve:

  • Energy use

  • Waste production

  • Chemical use

  • Water use

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

For example, we work with your staff to find better diversion tactics and procurement strategies to decrease waste.

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Staff engagement

We help your staff understand the concept of sustainability and make it relevant.  This creates a culture of innovation and improves employee morale.  We demonstrate that your values are authentic and aligned with theirs.

We offer monthly virtual well-being conversations that are free for veterinary staff!

Five-step Framework:

Five-step Framework
  • The Exam:  an assessment of your facilities

  • The Plan:  consensus building with your staff to find the strategies that best fit your standard practices

  • The Walk:  implementation of broader sustainability goals

  • Annual Rechecks:  check-ups for continuous improvement

  • Playtime (staff engagement):  staff training that creates a culture of innovation for continuous improvement and addresses well-being and burnout

icon showing 1st four programs (exam, plan, walk, and rechecks) are underpinned by staff engagement -- all are key to success of sustainability programs in vet hospitals

SDGs connect your local purpose to global priorities that are being widely addressed

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The Sustainable Development Goals that are
most relevant to veterinary hospitals are:

  # 3:

# 12:

Good Health and Well-Being

Responsible Consumption and Production

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Climate Action

  # 8:

# 13:

Sustainability practices increase efficiencies, which leads to decreased costs


Best improvements for most veterinary hospitals: 


  • reducing energy consumption

  • producing less waste

    • landfill, recycling, and hazardous waste streams

  • creating an environmental procurement policy

  • auditing anesthetic gas use

  • facilitating a genuinely open dialogue between staff and administration

  • implementing non-traditional benefits that are important to your employees

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