Wildlife Society

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Wildlife Society Branch


The Wildlife Society of the NZVA was formed to enhance veterinary contributions to the welfare and management of New Zealand's native wildlife, to support research in this field, and to encourage conservation of threatened species.

We do this by:

  • Assisting in the veterinary management of New Zealand native wildlife through the sharing of general and technical information
  • Producing the technical publication Kokako and a newsletter three times per year
  • Running a Google discussion group
  • Holding an annual conference to share ideas and encourage conservation of threatened species


From 2021, membership is included for NZVA members as part of your annual subscription fee – sign-up when you join or renew your membership. Or, to join outside the membership renewal period please email membership@vets.org.nz.


Sam Lee

Melanie Leech

Harry Taylor

Immediate Past President
Kate McInnes


Kelly Buckle
Pauline Howard
Kerri Morgan
Marie Potthoff
Margaret Gater

Kokako Editor
Paul Prosee

2022 NZVA Wildlife Conference

When: 25-27 November 2022
Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Join us for local talks on conservation issues in Fiordland as well as an excellent lineup of member talks, workshops, field trips and, of course, the Wildlife Conference dinner.

Register now

We are still accepting abstracts for speaking positions at the conference. If you have an interesting case or project you’d like to share, please email your application form to kelly.buckle@mpi.govt.nz by Tuesday 18 October 2022.

Contact us

You can get in touch with our committee at wildlife@vets.org.nz, or through the NZVA office.