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Join the largest community of veterinary professionals in New Zealand

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is here to support you at every stage of your veterinary career – from your student days to retirement.

We’ve been supporting our members and the veterinary profession for nearly 100 years. Around 70% of registered veterinarians in Aotearoa New Zealand are members of the NZVA and we’d love to welcome you to our vibrant, supportive community.

Join over 3,000 veterinary professionals today

I recommend that veterinarians join the NZVA community for just that, to be part of the community of veterinarians across New Zealand from all corners of the profession... The NZVA facilitates interaction and engagement with your colleagues from Kaitaia to Bluff, pocket pets to zoo animals, clinical practice to industry and everything in between.

– Corey Regnerus-Kell


Have your say

Help steer the future of the veterinary profession. Make your voice heard by voting at meetings, volunteering for a Special Interest Branch of the NZVA, or running for a position on the NZVA Board.

Representation on committees and working groups

The NZVA represents the veterinary profession on a variety of committees and working groups. We make sure your voice is heard and your interests are considered.

Working with governing bodies

The NZVA takes the lead in lobbying government for direct change impacting the veterinary profession. We work with government and industry partners on your behalf to inform public debate, opinion, legislation, regulations and policy relating to animals, humans and the environment.

Communicating your value

We promote and celebrate veterinarians and their teams every chance we get. We showcase your stories and achievements through:

  • News and media outlets
  • Social media
  • Our print and digital publications
  • Speaking opportunities at a range of events
Working together as members of the NZVA facilitates collaboration of our veterinary community and some wonderful opportunities to make a positive difference to animals, people, our community and our environment.

– Liza Schneider

Student events

Network with practising veterinary professionals and learn about new opportunities at four free events during your veterinary degree.

Regional Networks

Join one of our Regional Networks to connect with local veterinary professionals and build your social and professional network.

Conferences and events

Meet fellow members and veterinary professionals at conferences and events throughout the year. Our biggest event of the year is the annual NZVA Conference in June; we’re planning a big celebration in 2023 to mark our centenary!

Special Interest Branches

Expand your knowledge and connect with colleagues in your specialty through our Special Interest Branches.

NZVET Mentoring Support

Get guidance and support from a trusted mentor as you start your veterinary career. The NZVET Mentoring Support programme matches new graduates with experienced veterinarians who are happy to share their knowledge, skills and experience to help you further your career.

Members-only Facebook group

Connect with fellow veterinarians with exclusive access to our private Facebook group. Get updates from the NZVA and support and advice from veterinarians from around the country.

Find-A-Vet practice directory

List your veterinary practice in our directory so members of the public can easily find you. Clients know that practices listed in the Find-A-Vet directory are committed to the veterinary profession, animal wellbeing and continuing education.

I recommend that veterinarians join NZVA because it’s a great way to engage meaningfully across the whole profession, improving communication and understanding of where we are all at despite the vast array of roles we cover... It’s rewarding to be part of an organisation that unites us and represents us when and where it needs to.

– James Laidlaw

Frequently asked questions

You can join the NZVA if you are:

  • a veterinarian registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ)
  • a retired veterinarian
  • a student attending Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science
  • working in a role related to the veterinary industry (associate membership)

To become a member of the NZVA:

  • Log in to your NZVA account (or create a new one if you’ve never been a member)
  • Go to our registration page and select the relevant membership tier
  • Complete the online form
  • Sit back and wait for our membership team to contact you (usually within 48 hours)

NZVA membership is valid from 1 January to 31 December each year.

Your membership will auto-renew on 1 January, provided we’ve received payment. We start sending membership renewal invoices for the upcoming year in November. If your employer pays for your membership, we’ll contact them with membership renewal instructions.

All membership invoices for the upcoming year are due on 30 January.

If you have outstanding membership fees due after this date, we reserve the right to cancel your membership and all membership benefits.

If you have any questions about membership or want to update your membership category, please email us at membership@vets.org.nz.

When you join the NZVA (or renew your membership), we’ll ask you to nominate your main work interest and select any Special Interest Branches (SIBs) or Regional Networks (RNs) you want to join. If you want to join a SIB or RN part way through the year, please email us at membership@vets.org.nz.

Yes, but no refunds will be provided if you cancel your membership part way through the year. To cancel your membership, please email membership@vets.org.nz.