Sustainable Vet Clinic Practice: CeeJay Donovan of Massey Vets in Palmerston North – chats with Julie South about her 6 in 6 six easy to implement sustainable vet clinic practices in six months – she implemented at Massey Vets and the differences she noticed.

CeeJay Donovan | Massey Vets |with Milo


For international listeners, Massey Vets is the on-campus teaching hospital of the Veterinary Science Faculty of New Zealand’s Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

CeeJay has a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology from Massey, a Certificate in Science and Technology from Massey as well as a Certificate in Captive Wild Animal Management from Unitec in Auckland.  

If you’ve listened to the previous two episodes on sustainability, you’ll have heard CeeJay’s name mentioned a few times – especially in relation to the social media initiatives she’s kicked off Sustainable Vet Practice – NZ communities on both FB and Insta – so go follow and connect there.

We also talked about some of her big picture goals such as 

  • finding a way to compost cat poop without exposing the environment to toxoplasma; 
  • is there a way you can capture and reuse your anaesthetic gas?
  • and what’s she doing in regard to responsible antimicrobial disposal.

 As you’ll hear her say more than once – one person can make a difference!

Links mentioned in today’s episode

Stay tuned right to the end – if you’re interested you can listen into the after we wrapped everything up chat that CeeJay and I had.

Sustainable Vet Practice – NZ – Facebook

Sustainable Vet Practice – NZ – Instagram

Sustainability at Baxter, which includes info and a contact for PVC recycling:

Waste Not” article CeeJay mentioned via NZVA. She forgot to mention the lecture she gives each year to Massey’s vet students about sustainability in clinical practice.

Paws Claws & Wet Noses at Facebook

Petition to Get2Vets into NZ

Get2VetsNZ Petition:

Allocate two MIQ spaces per week to visa-approved veterinarians

Petition request

That the House of Representatives require the allocation of two Managed Isolation & Quarantine (MIQ) spaces per week to allow veterinarians who have been approved by Immigration New Zealand to enter New Zealand.

Petition reason

I – Julie South – believe New Zealand has a dire veterinarian shortage and urgently needs vets from overseas.

Even though Immigration NZ has approved special exceptions for veterinarians to work in New Zealand, they are waiting what I believe are extreme lengths of time for MIQ spaces. In my view, human and animal welfare are at crisis levels because clinics are closing and withdrawing after-hours emergency services, and veterinary professionals’ mental health is at crisis levels.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *