Wildlife Society

About the 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 assists in the veterinary management of New Zealand native wildlife through the sharing of general and technical information. The branch produces the 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.


Upcoming events

Date: 1-3 December 2017

Venue: Rydges Auckland, 59 Federal Street, Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland CBD.

Anticipation is building for this year’s conference! It will offer an exciting line-up of presentations, workshops, and a field trip. Keep an eye on this page for more information on the conference and how to register. This year, the conference will immediately follow the annual conference of the Association of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee (AAVAC) which will be held from Tuesday 28 November to Thursday 30 November 2017. We anticipate that many members will want to attend both conferences.

Hotel bookings can be made directly with Rydges Auckland – a block of conference rooms has been set aside for NZVA WSC and AAVAC conference attendees.

Call for abstracts:

We are now calling for abstracts. Please fill in this form and send it in to us with the supporting information by 30 September.

Date: 28-30 November 2017

Venue: Auckland

This international conference will have Professor Terry Campbell as the Invited Speaker. Please follow this link for the Call for Papers for this conference, applications due 1 May.


Annual Grants

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.

For application criteria, please click here. The application form can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact wildlife@vets.org.nz

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.

The application form, including terms and criteria, can be found here.

If you have any questions about this grant or application, 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.