A Staffordshire animal hospital has earned a prestigious national award in recognition of its eco-friendly practices and sustainability programme. 

Linnaeus-owned West Midlands Referrals (WMR) in Burton on Trent has seen its ambitious green initiative rewarded with a silver award from Investors in the Environment (iiE).  

Ann Staniland, sustainability lead at WMR, said the team were delighted with the coveted award: “We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously here at WMR and are always assessing and re-assessing ways to cut emissions, cut waste, embrace more reusable items and increase our sustainability. 

“It’s extremely rewarding that the iiE has recognised all our efforts and hard work and we are all delighted to have achieved a silver award. 

“We will keep striving to improve and our ultimate aim for 2024 is to push as hard as possible to achieve iiE’s ultimate recognition, a prestigious green award.” 

A delighted Ellie West, sustainability lead at Linnaeus, said: “Many congratulations to Ann and the team at WMR on achieving silver level accreditation with iiE. I hope the whole team shares in the success and a sense of pride in your award. 

“WMR are one of the teams who had so much sustainability work going on before even joining the iiE scheme, so I love that they have progressed through bronze to silver level so quickly – well done!” 

Emily Appleby, the iiE sustainability consultant who assessed WMR, told Ann: “Huge congratulations and a big well done to you and your team for your work on sustainability and for achieving silver level certification. We can’t wait to see what you do over the next year!” 

Emily’s official assessment on WMR read: “West Midlands Referrals has maintained a good environmental management system and the team is clearly committed to improving the practice’s environmental performance. 

“The practice has also implemented an excellent waste management system including switching to reusable and recyclable products and creating a space for staff to buy and sell upcycled items. 

“In addition, WMR has undertaken several projects to enhance the environment and support staff wellbeing and communities.” 

WMR provides a wide range of high standard veterinary services delivered by experienced clinicians and supported by state-of-the-art facilities to facilitate accurate diagnosis and treatment. 

For more information about WMR, visit www.wm-referrals.com or search for West Midlands Veterinary Referrals on social media. 

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