AN EAST Lothian veterinary practice is proving it cares for the planet as well as pets.

Dunedin Vets has reduced its carbon footprint and cut waste by introducing a range of environmentally friendly initiatives at its four branches in Tranent, Prestonpans, North Berwick and Dunbar.

The practice has received a bronze award from Investors in the Environment (iiE), an accreditation scheme designed to help organisations reduce their impact on the environment, as well as engaging the team in sustainability and charitable activities.

The practice was also praised for its fundraising and charitable activities, considered as part of its iiE accreditation application.

East Lothian Courier: Margot Hunter with certificateDunedin Vets' Margot Hunter with the certificate

Dunedin Vets collected hundreds of items, including food, bedding, blankets and toys, after setting up donation stations at their branches.

The food and toys were split between Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and the foodbanks the home runs in the Lothians and Edinburgh.

The donation stations were organised by receptionist Suzanne Preston, who works at Dunedin’s main practice in Tranent.

Student veterinary nurse Claire Sweeney walked 100 miles with her dog Sadie last year, raising £500 for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. VetPartners, the veterinary group of which Dunedin Vets is a part, matched Claire’s donation, taking the grand total to £1,000.

Margot Hunter, Dunedin Vets clinical director, said: “The veterinary profession is very caring by nature, so our team members are really enthusiastic and committed to protecting the environment and doing everything they can to help charities and worthy causes in our community.”