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Business skills

Business skills include communication, influencing, negotiation and management. It can also include advanced skills such as leadership, presentation, strategic thinking and project management.

Like all areas of veterinary practice, business and management skills are becoming increasingly important.

The NZVA have created a selection of courses which will add value to any veterinary practice. You can select from one of the NZVA courses listed below to update, improve or extend your business and management skills or check out our CPD calendar to view an extensive selection of CPD offered by other providers.

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November NZVA and NZVNA conference

Featuring dairy cattle, companion animal, wildlife, epidemiology, food safety, animal welfare, biosecurity, complementary medicine, large animal veterinary technicians and companion animal nursing streams.

  • Dates: 18–20 November 2021 | Location: Te Pae Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre

Read more information here

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The 10 Behaviours of Successful people

Add practical skills that will help you thrive in your work and at home.

  • Live zoom webinars
  • Tutor: Dr David Keane (PhD)
  • Course intakes at set dates during the year. See booking website for next intake

Read more information and register for The 10 behaviours of Successful people here!

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Leadership Intelligence Development and Support Program 2021

Contemporary and relevant leadership training.

  • Online
  • Start anytime!
  • Includes coaching support and implementation programme

Read more information and register for leadership intelligence development and support program 2021 here


Leadership ProSkills Programme

Effectively lead your team and manage your practice.

  • Online
  • Start anytime!
  • Tutors: Sue Crampton | Mark Hardwick | Rosie Overfield | Deb Render

Read more information and register for leadership proskills here

BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management

BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management

A broad introduction to business management.

  • Online
  • Duration: 12 – 16 months. Set intakes every 3 months.
  • Students can commence at any cluster over the 12 - 16 month course.

Read more information about BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management

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Wellbeing and resilience for veterinary professionals

Fundamental skills required to thrive in the complex veterinary environment.

  • Start online course now!
  • Free for NZVA members through VetScholar | $100 for non-members
  • Tutor: Belinda Noyes

Read more information and register for wellbeing and resilience for veterinary professionals here


Professional skills for veterinary teams

Learn techniques that promote team and workplace effectiveness, and develop your own workplace wellness plan.

  • Start online course now!
  • Free for NZVA members | $400 for non-members
  • Tutor: Michael Meehan

Read more information and register for professional skills for veterinary teams here!

Externally provided NZVA Accredited CPD

To help veterinarians identify high quality CPD, the NZVA, in consultation with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ), has implemented an accreditation “tick” for CPD activities.

Listed below are CPD activities that meet the requirements for NZVA CPD accreditation and are provided by organisations external to the NZVA. Please contact the individual providers for specific information about each CPD activity.

For more information about NZVA CPD accreditation please visit the NZVA CPD accreditation application page.

Lincoln Institute is a training and development company dedicated to helping veterinarians and their teams achieve success. Leading Edge for Veterinarians was specifically crafted to fast track the achievement of professional mastery as well as to facilitate further success for clinicians in general practice. The tools and skills provided in Leading Edge ultimately allow for a longer and more fulfilling career as a veterinary surgeon.

Read more information and register for leading edge for veterinarians here!