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About us

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is the only membership association representing New Zealand veterinarians. We're proud to have served and supported our members since 1923, and excited to now be helping the profession be better recognised and valued for the unique role they play in society.

We're committed to safeguarding the high skills, continuing development and ethical standards of the New Zealand veterinary profession – ensuring the profession's contribution to society is the very best it can be.

Through our 14 special interest branches, 15 regional networks, our national office, our Board and various committees of volunteers, we help our members throughout their careers, from student to retirement, with the support and knowledge they need to succeed in their professional and personal lives.

But most importantly, we help the profession to broaden and deepen their role so they can influence across a wider range of issues.

The NZVA represents the profession on:
  • The Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Industry Liaison Group
  • Advisory Committee on Registration of Veterinary Specialists (ACRVS)
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Medicines Advisory Council
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare Consultative Committee
  • Animal Ethics Committees (numerous)
  • Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)
  • Australia and New Zealand Council for Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART)
  • Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA)
  • Companion Animal Health Foundation Trust (CAHF)
  • Farm to Processor Animal Welfare Forum
  • Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA)
  • International Leptospirosis Society
  • Kaimanawa Horse Working Party
  • Landcare Research
  • Ministry of Health, Antibiotic Advisory Group
  • MPI Antimicrobial Resistance Coordination Group
  • National Adverse Events Committee
  • National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC)
  • National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
  • National Animal Welfare Emergency Management Group
  • National Mastitis Advisory Committee
  • National Velvetting Standards Body (NVSB)
  • New Zealand Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan Group
  • New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC)
  • New Zealand Equine Health Association
  • RNZSPCA Animal Welfare Committee
  • Royal Society of New Zealand Biological and Life Sciences Vice Presidents Advisory Panel
  • South Canterbury SPCA Inc
  • Standards New Zealand NZ ISO/TC34 Food Products International Group
  • Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) Professional Standards Committee
  • Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee (VSAAC)
  • World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)
  • Wormwise Implementation Group (WIG)
  • World Veterinary Association AMR Working Group