Our Purpose, vision and core values

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Our purpose

To create value for our members, by providing resources and helping to build prosperous and sustainable livelihoods through caring for animals.

We are first and foremost here for NZVA members. We help each other, expect high standards, and promote collegiality,

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is the only membership association representing New Zealand veterinarians. We’re committed to safeguarding the high skills, continuing development and ethical standards of the New Zealand veterinary profession and helping the profession to be better recognised and valued for the unique role they play in society.

Vision

To be an organisation that promotes veterinarians as valued knowledge leaders on animal health and welfare

The New Zealand Veterinary Association endorses the broad concept of One Health, which recognises that the health and wellbeing of animals, people, and the environment is inseparably connected.

One Health requires a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach with health and medical professionals and colleagues from many fields, including ecology, food safety, biosecurity, conservation, central and local government, iwi, industry, and business – plus the support of animal owners and the public. Veterinarians therefore have an important role to play as part of and contributing to the “one health ecosystem” because they are the trusted advisors on animal health and welfare for animal owners and the public. NZVA therefore, has an important role in “One Health”.

Our core values

We are first and foremost here for NZVA members. We help each other, expect high standards, and promote collegiality, taking time to enjoy each other’s company and have fun. Guided by our shared vision and values, agreed purpose, and common goals, our collective leadership contributes to a highly trusted, valued, and progressive veterinary profession. Our governing body integrates independent input and strong representation from our technical and regional networks to set our priorities and drive policy, standards, and decision-making. We facilitate clear career pathways and high-quality continuing professional development so our members can have healthy careers and lives and our profession can be the best it can be. We listen to each other and we co-operate widely to understand and influence the critical issues for our profession and the wider industry.

View the constitution here.

See a summary of our strategic plan.