Student membership


Student membership

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) offers veterinary students complimentary online membership and special member benefits.

You are going to become part of a profession undergoing transformation. Veterinarians have unique skills and experiences and are ideally positioned to ensure the wellbeing of animals, humans and the environment we all share. This broader view of our profession provides you with many opportunities within the diversity of roles a vet can play in our changing world.

We all want our profession to be more highly valued, influential and respected and for you, as a vet, to be successful.


About the NZVA

We were formed by veterinarians in 1923. We have a proud history and an exciting future – to have us as valued as we are trusted by the society we serve. 

Read more about us >>


Student Benefits

See a full list of member benefits >>

Here are some of the special benefits we provide to you.


Special events

An event for first-year veterinary students to welcome you to the profession, introduce you to the NZVA and have some fun.

An informative seminar for third-year veterinary students that provides insight into the diversity of opportunities available to you in your chosen profession.

A day for fifth-year veterinary students, as part of your professional studies, to give you a good understanding of what your professional association does for you once you’re in the real world

Held at the same time as graduation, this event gives you the opportunity to share your experience from being in the industry for your first six months, and get any support or advice you may need to ensure your wellbeing is being looked after.


Resources and publications

VetScript is the NZVA's monthly 'must-read' magazine for New Zealand veterinarians. It promotes the incredible breadth and depth of the veterinary profession - from cutting-edge scientific innovation to profiling leaders in our profession who are making a difference on a global scale.

Find out more about VetScript >>

The NZVJ is an international journal publishing high quality peer-reviewed articles covering all aspects of veterinary science, including clinical practice and animal health and welfare.

Find out more about the NZVJ >>

SciQuest is a fully indexed and searchable eLibrary of quality New Zealand and Australian veterinary scientific articles and proceedings - a helpful resource for you and your studies.

Find out more about SciQuest >>

You will get access to the NZVA's resource centre with links to our policies, guidelines, position statements, templates and more.


New Graduates

Once you graduate we can provide support to you through:

We can pair you with an experienced veterinarian to help you with your transition from student to veterinarian.

Find out more about our mentor scheme >>

If you've moved somewhere new for your job, the NZVA's regional branches are a great way to meet other veterinarians in your area, while the special interest branches are a great way to keep up to date in your particular field.

Find out more about our branches >>

Each year, final year veterinary students can apply for one of 30 places in a rural veterinary practice – supporting farmers with production animals on dairy, sheep and beef farms - with great professional and financial benefits! Developed by the New Zealand Government, this incentivised scheme is helping alleviate the shortage of veterinarians in remote parts of the country.

Find out more about the Voluntary Rural Bonding Scheme >>

Being a veterinarian is a demanding job with high stress levels. As part of our wellness programme, Vitae offer a professional psychological support service to help you manage your work/life balance.

Find out more about our Veterinary Wellness programme >>

In April 2011, CPD became mandatory for New Zealand veterinarians. MyCPD and VetLearn's events and courses will help you fulfil all your CPD requirements. Members of the NZVA get significant subsidised courses, conferences and events through VetLearn.

MyCPD - NZVA members each have their own personal CPD record to keep track of all CPD activities - downloadable and printable any time you need it.

VetLearn events and courses - NZVA's education branch, VetLearn offers a wide range of events, seminars and VetScholar courses for veterinarians and the wider veterinary profession year round.

View all the latest veterinary career opportunities in our classifieds section.

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