Wildlife Society

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.

The branch is operated by a voluntary committee of passionate veterinarians coming from various backgrounds with the aim to support and provide all the members of this branch with opportunities to enhance their professional skills and development.

The branch assists in the veterinary management of New Zealand native wildlife through the sharing of general and technical information. The branch produces a technical publication, Kokako, produces a newsletter three times per year, runs a Google discussion group and holds an annual conference to share ideas and encourage conservation of threatened species.

The branch has two grants:

The Marion Cunningham Memorial Fund Grant – The MCMF Grant is awarded to students engaging in research that is practicable and relevant to current wildlife concerns. The research should enhance veterinary contributions to the welfare and management of New Zealand's wildlife and promote communication among both veterinarians and non-veterinarians with expertise in wildlife management and research. It should also encourage conservation, especially by veterinary contributions, to the management of threatened species.

The Practitioners Grant - The Wildlife Society Practitioners Grant is a new fund established in 2013 to provide support to veterinarians in practice who have a strong interest in further developing their veterinary skills in native New Zealand wildlife species. The grant can be used for funding continuing education in this field either through online courses and/or practical placements at wildlife veterinary centres. Our purpose for such a fund is to increase the skills of general practice veterinarians in wildlife medicine and surgery and to promote the benefits of treating wildlife in practice.

For enquiries, please contact wildlife@vets.org.nz


Wildlife Society Membership

Membership is open to all NZVA members by way of an additional subscription fee. First year veterinary graduates receive complimentary membership for their first year of practice. To join outside the membership renewal period please email membership@vets.org.nz


Wildlife Society members’ only areas

Wildlife Society members can access their member only area by logging into the NZVA website and selecting 'Groups' from their profile.