Livestock and Climate Change is a six-module online course for farm veterinary professionals.

The course is designed to equip farm veterinary professionals with knowledge on some of the key issues of our time – climate change and animal health and welfare, and leverage our unique role as trusted advisors to the food and farming businesses around the world on which we all depend. Participants will explore animal welfare, nutrition and husbandry in the context of climate change, and will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to make changes in their own work, with tools to support farming clients to meet their goals.

  • E-learning course for livestock veterinarians and paraprofessionals

  • Learn at your own pace

  • Equivalent to 15 Hours of CPD

  • Designed to fit around busy work and life schedules

  • LANTRA-accredited certification

During this course you will study:

  • Introduction to Sustainability for Veterinary Professionals

  • Emissions from Livestock Production

  • Housed Livestock Systems - Welfare, Nutrition and Emissions

  • Impact of Disease State on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock

  • Advantages and Trade-offs of Grazing Systems in Mitigating Climate Change

  • Driving Change and the Role of Veterinary Professionals

What Students Can Expect From The Course

  • Discussion Forums

    Students will have the opportunity to join and interact with a community of like minded veterinary professionals taking the course at the same time

  • Quick Quizzes

    During the course there will be quick quizzes to solidify learning throughout.

  • LANTRA Certificate

    Upon completion of the course and achieving 80% or above across all quizzes, successful students will receive a LANTRA accredited certificate

Course curriculum

Take a closer look at the course content, including some FREE lesson previews!

    1. Course overview

    2. Modules

    3. What to Expect

    4. How to Navigate The Course - Top Tips

    5. Opening Questionnaire

    6. About Us

    1. Brief Overview

    2. Module Champion: Lewis Griffiths

    3. 1.1 Introduction

    4. TASK 1.1 Introduction

    5. 1.1.1 Introduction

    6. DEEP DIVE 1.1.1 Introduction

    7. 1.1.2 Introduction

    8. TASK 1.1.2 Introduction

    9. 1.1.3 Introduction

    10. DEEP DIVE 1.1.3 Introduction

    11. 1.1.4 Introduction

    12. 1.1.4 Quick Quiz

    13. 1.2 What is sustainability?

    14. TASK 1.2 What is sustainability?

    15. 1.2.1 What is sustainability?

    16. DEEP DIVE 1.2 What is sustainability?

    17. 1.2.2 What is sustainability?

    18. 1.2.2 Quick Quiz

    19. 1.3 Synergies and trade-offs

    20. TASK 1.3 Synergies and trade-offs

    21. 1.4 Why veterinary professionals?

    22. DEEP DIVE 1.4 Why veterinary professionals?

    23. 1.5 How can we help?

    24. 1.5 Quick Quiz

    25. 1.5.1 How can we help?

    26. 1.6 Final Reflection

    27. 1.7 References

    1. Brief Overview

    2. Module Champion: Emma Stuart

    3. TASK 2.1 Introduction

    4. 2.1 The climate impact of animal agriculture

    5. 2.1 Quick Quiz

    6. 2.2 Carbon Metrics

    7. 2.2.1 Global Warming Potential - GWP

    8. 2.2.1 Quick Quiz

    9. 2.2.2 GWP100

    10. 2.2.3 GWP*

    11. TASK 2.2.3 GWP*

    12. 2.2.3 Quick Quiz

    13. DEEP DIVE 2.2.3 GWP*

    14. 2.3 Measurements of Carbon Footprint

    15. DEEP DIVE 2.3 Measurements of Carbon Footprint

    16. 2.4 Life Cycle Assessments

    17. 2.4 Quick Quiz

    18. DEEP DIVE 2.4 Life Cycle Assessments

    19. 2.5 Practical Carbon Auditing on Farm - why and how?

    20. 2.6 Physical technology

    21. TASK 2.6 Physical technology

    22. 2.6.1 Physical technology continued

    23. DEEP DIVE 2.6.1 Physical technology continued

    24. 2.7 Final Reflection

    25. 2.8 References

    1. Brief Overview

    2. Module Champion: Rune Friis Kristensen

    3. 3.1 Introduction

    4. TASK 3.1 Introduction

    5. 3.2 Why did housed or intensive livestock systems develop?

    6. DEEP DIVE 3.2 Why did housed or intensive livestock systems develop?

    7. 3.2 Quick Quiz

    8. 3.3 Efficient Farming: definition and metrics

    9. TASK 3.3 Efficient Farming: definition and metrics

    10. 3.3 Quick Quiz

    11. 3.4 Livestock Emissions - Solutions

    12. 3.5 The effects of increasing rapidly fermentable carbohydrates

    13. 3.5 Quick Quiz

    14. 3.6 Feed additives

    15. 3.6.1 Additives acting largely at a post methanogenic archaea level

    16. 3.6.2 Additives acting largely at a post methanogenic archaea level (continued)

    17. 3.6.3 Additives with a direct effect on rumen archaea

    18. 3.6.3 Quick Quiz

    19. 3.7 Decreased phosphorus (Pi) levels in dairy cow rations.

    20. 3.8 Decreased Protein Intake

    21. 3.9 Emissions and Livestock Waste Management - Ruminants

    22. 3.10 Ruminant Slurry and Manure Storage

    23. DEEP DIVE 3.10 Ruminant Slurry and Manure Storage

    24. 3.11 Emissions and livestock waste management: Monogastrics

    25. TASK 3.11 Emissions and livestock waste management: Monogastrics

    26. 3.12 Final Reflection

    27. 3.13 References

    1. Brief Overview

    2. Module Champion: Andrew Davies

    3. 4.1 Introduction

    4. DEEP DIVE 4.1 Introduction

    5. 4.2 Emissions in the healthy animal

    6. TASK 4.2 Emissions in the healthy animal

    7. 4.2 Quick Quiz

    8. TASK 4.2.1 Emissions in the healthy animal

    9. 4.3 Emissions in a State of Disease

    10. 4.3.1 Helminths

    11. 4.3 Quick Quiz

    12. 4.3.2 Mastitis

    13. TASK 4.3.2 Mastitis

    14. 4.3.3 Subclinical Ketosis

    15. 4.3.4 Foot Lesions

    16. 4.3.4 Quick Quiz

    17. 4.3.5 Animal Health and World Hunger

    18. 4.3.6 Important Notes

    19. 4.4 Heifer Rearing

    20. DEEP DIVE 4.4 Heifer Rearing

    21. DEEP DIVE 4.4.1 Heifer Rearing

    22. 4.5 Effects of Treatment

    23. DEEP DIVE 4.5 Effects of Treatment

    24. 4.6 Selective Breeding

    25. DEEP DIVE 4.6 Selective Breeding

    26. 4.7 Advanced Breeding Techniques

    27. 4.8 Final Reflection

    28. 4.9 References

    1. Brief Overview

    2. Module Champion: Christine Utting

    3. 5.1 Grazing livestock

    4. 5.2 Carbon Sequestration

    5. 5.3 Agroecology

    6. TASK 5.3 Agroecology

    7. 5.4 Regenerative Agriculture

    8. 5.5 Adaptive Multi Paddock Grazing (AMP)

    9. TASK 5.5 Adaptive Multi Paddock Grazing (AMP)

    10. DEEP DIVE 5.5 Adaptive Multi Paddock Grazing (AMP)

    11. 5.6 Herbal Leys

    12. 5.6 Quick Quiz

    13. 5.7 Integrating livestock into arable rotations

    14. DEEP DIVE 5.7 Integrating livestock into arable rotations

    15. 5.8 Silvopasture, agroforestry and hedge planting

    16. 5.9 Pastured pigs and poultry

    17. 5.9 Quick Quiz

    18. TASK 5.9 Pastured pigs and poultry

    19. 5.10 Final Reflection

    20. 5.11 References

About this course

  • £594.00
  • 153 lessons
  • Interactive Content including Charts, Figures and videos from Module Champions
  • Assessment throughout the course with multiple choice questions
  • Receive a LANTRA-accredited certificate upon successful completion

Pricing options

Overseas businesses can purchase the course exclusive of VAT. All UK residents and overseas individuals are subject to VAT.

If you require an invoice or VAT receipt please email [email protected]

Similarly, if you are an overseas business and would like to enrol on our course, select the non-VAT price and contact our team with your business details. 

Meet our Course Authors

Laura Higham


Laura Higham is a Director of Vet Sustain and veterinary consultant in sustainable livestock production at the Food Animal Initiative (FAI), working alongside food businesses to drive sustainability in commercial supply chains, with a focus on animal welfare and responsible antibiotic use. Having previously worked in the charity sector implementing projects to support animal-based livelihoods in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, she has a deep interest in the intersect between international development and animal health and welfare, and the wider roles of vets in society. Laura is a PhD researcher in antimicrobial use and animal welfare in agriculture at The Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security at Edinburgh University, and holds an MSc in international animal health.
Alex Tomlinson

Sarah Krumrie


Sarah Krumrie is a veterinary public health specialist currently working as a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. She obtained a degree in microbiology and chemistry in the United States before working as a veterinary receptionist/technician, where her desire to go into clinical practice faded. She decided to continue to veterinary school at the University of Glasgow, where she discovered a passion for public health. This led to a dual masters/residency program at Glasgow, where her involvement with students and mental health in the veterinary profession grew. Sarah was a finalist in the British Veterinary Association’s Young Vet of the Year 2021 competition for her efforts to improve mental health starting at the university level. She currently lectures to veterinary students on sustainability, meat science and residues, while teaching final year students about the public health aspects of slaughterhouses and infectious disease.
Sarah Krumrie

Hannah Kenway

BSc (hons) BVSc MRCVS

Hannah Kenway is a production animal veterinary surgeon working in the South of England. After a degree in zoology, Hannah worked in marine conservation in Bermuda before graduating from Bristol Veterinary School in 1993. Since then she has worked for a number of farm animal practices in the UK and abroad and is currently the clinical farm lead for The Carisbrooke Vets on the Isle of Wight. She completed the two year Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) sheep expertise program in 2018 and currently divides her time between clinical practice, consultancy and writing for the veterinary press. With a special interest in proactive health planning and the relationship between farming practices and the environment, Hannah completed the Vet Sustain and VetSalus online sustainability course ‘A Veterinary Approach to Sustainable Food and Farming’ in 2023.
Hannah Kenway

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I eligible to sign up for the course?

  • The course is aimed at veterinarians and those working in vet-led businesses, and whilst there are no specific requirements, all students are expected to have undertaken an undergraduate degree, technical qualification as a paraprofessional, or a relevant diploma. If you are unsure please contact us before you enrol on the course.

  • How much is the course?

  • The full price of the course will be £495 +VAT per student. Overseas (non-UK) businesses may be eligible for a non-VAT price of £495 please contact us for more information.

  • How long with the course take me to complete?

  • We expect each module to take between 2 and 3 hours to complete over the course of 1-3 months (there are 6 modules = up to 18 hours). In addition there are a number of deep dives for those interested in a particular area or wishing to expand their knowledge further. We highly recommend diarising regular study sessions to keep progressing through the course content.

  • How much support with I have during the course?

  • The course is entirely self-directed learning and the course learning platform is very self-explanatory. However the VetSalus team are always here to help if you need any assistance or technical support

  • What do I need to accomplish in order to complete the course and receive my LANTRA accredited certificate?

  • During the course there will be tasks and quick quizzes to solidify learning throughout the course. A pass rate of 80% across the course will be deemed to be a successful pass mark.

About VetSalus

Wholesome Food From Healthy Animals

VetSalus is a business initiative developed by a committed group of international veterinarians with the primary goal of establishing a global network of veterinary specialists. The core business of VetSalus is to facilitate the placement of veterinary consultants who will provide expertise in various aspects of ‘One Health’, especially animal production and sustainable farming. VetSalus is particularly interested in providing consultancy in Animal Welfare, Antimicrobial Usage and Sustainable Animal Production Systems.