Companion Animal Veterinarians

of the NZVA

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Vision

A thriving companion animal veterinary profession in New Zealand. We work towards this by promoting and supporting all aspects of companion animal veterinary practice.

How we do this:

  • We publish the Companion Animal Quarterly newsletter every March, June, September and December.
  • Our e-CAV email bulletin is sent 4-6 times each year to keep members up-to-date with topical issues encountered in practice.
  • Access to all past CAV annual conference proceedings via indexed searching on Sciquest.
  • We provide opportunities for further learning through the "A week with…" and Educating the Educators scholarships.
  • We support the CAV veterinary refresher scheme, for those returning to companion animal practice after a career break or moving from another veterinary discipline.
  • CAV members are automatically granted World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) membership, which includes free online access to their previous congress presentations, complimentary subscription to the WSAVA e-bulletin and Clinician's brief, and discounts for the Journal of Small Animal Practice and VetFolio resource.
  • We are a member of the Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Association (FASAVA) and CAV members are welcome at their events.
  • We work with the NZVA Veterinary Team when needed to answer member queries that arise in everyday practice.
  • We are active in developing and reviewing companion animal related policies for the NZVA.
  • We work with the NZVA Veterinary Team to represent members' interests and advocate for companion animal welfare with other stakeholders such as the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ), the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Group (ACVM), RNZSPCA, Companion Animals New Zealand and Dogs NZ.
  • We recognise the outstanding work done by companion animal veterinarians with our annual service award and life memberships.
  • We provide support for NZVA wellbeing initiatives such as the Elizabeth Benevolent Fund and the mentoring scheme.
  • We support projects and research that benefits companion animal health and welfare by providing representation on the New Zealand Companion Animal Trust and donating to Healthy Pets New Zealand.

Support for members in their clinical roles:

  • Members can contact CAV to discuss queries that arise in everyday practice. We have access to wide professional networks which are useful for providing helpful advice on the more unusual things we may come across.
  • CAV is active developing and reviewing companion animal related policies for the NZVA. We ensure these are well researched so that members have reliable evidence-based information to support their clinical work. These also serve to educate the public and unify the profession on key topics.
  • CAV provide updated information directly to members in a timely fashion when new or emerging companion animal health issues occur (e.g. the discovery of RHDV2 in New Zealand rabbits).
  • CAV represent members' interests through submissions and relationship building with other stakeholders whose decisions that will have an impact on our clinical work such as the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) and the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Group (ACVM).

Collegial opportunities for members

  • Support for regional branches by providing speakers on companion animal topics through the Educating the Educators scholarship.
  • Annual dinner for members during conference, hosted by CAV.
  • CAV is a member of the Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Association (FASAVA) and CAV members are welcome at their events.

Support that enhances the wellbeing of all members and the wider veterinary community

  • CAV recognise and celebrate the outstanding work done by companion animal veterinarians. CAV make awards to members for service to the branch, life membership to recognise outstanding contributions. CAV also nominate members for New Zealand Royal Honours and NZVA awards.
  • CAV members can participate in an annual nationwide workplace mental health barometer survey to provide information that helps to identify areas particular to companion animal veterinarians where further support is needed.
  • CAV provides support for NZVA wellbeing initiatives such as the Elizabeth Benevolent Fund and the mentoring scheme.
  • CAV supports our 'up and coming' veterinarians with an annual student lunch for fourth year students, and free membership to the branch for all veterinary students. Regular email updates connect them to the profession that they will soon be entering.
  • CAV supports our recent veterinary graduates by giving free CAV membership to first and second year graduate veterinarians.
  • CAV promotes maintaining a connection to our profession for those on parental leave by providing free CAV membership.
  • CAV assists with the retention of practicing veterinarians by providing a pathway for those that are returning to companion animal practice following a career break or switching from another veterinary discipline by developing and maintaining the CAV veterinary refresher scheme.
  • CAV liaise with the Veterinary Business Branch to develop initiatives that support the creation and promotion of healthy workplaces.

Gives members a voice to advocate for animal welfare and promote the importance of companion animals in New Zealand society

  • CAV monitors the media for issues pertaining to companion animals and provides comment on companion animal health and the veterinary profession through regular national media releases, articles and media responses to topical issues.
  • CAV represent members on committees that deal with animal welfare issues such as the Dogs NZ health and welfare committee, Greyhound Racing NZ welfare committee, and the NZ Companion Animal Trust.
  • CAV lobby the government and work with other stakeholders such as the RNZSPCA, Companion Animals New Zealand (formerly the New Zealand Companion Animal Council), Dogs NZ, NZ Institute of Animal Management, Massey University and Trade Me to improve animal welfare.
  • CAV supports research that benefits companion animal health and welfare by providing donations, representation and support for Healthy Pets New Zealand (formerly the Companion Animal Health Foundation).

Contact us

You can get in touch with our committee at cav@vets.org.nz, or through the NZVA office.

Companion Animal Veterinarians Membership

CAV was established in 1972 as a special interest branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) for veterinarians with a focus on small animal work.

From 2021, membership is included for NZVA members as part of your annual subscription fee – sign-up when you join or renew your membership. Or, to join outside the membership renewal period please email membership@vets.org.nz.

Companion Animal Veterinarians Committee

The Companion Animal Veterinarians Branch is operated by an executive committee of up to nine veterinarians from around New Zealand. The committee has 4 meeting days each year and support the branch work by providing opinions and expertise by email and teleconferencing between meetings.

Being a member of the committee is an excellent means of professional development as well as a way to "give back" to the profession. Costs to attend meetings are covered by the branch, along with a locum fee. Members also receive NZVA conference registration at student rates and a complimentary ticket to the annual CAV dinner.

Our current committee is Natalie Lloyd (President), Becky Murphy (Vice President), Simon Clark (Treasurer), Paula Short (Secretary), John Munday (Immediate Past President), Toni Anns, Nina Field, Alison Pickering and Sarah Fowler (Companion Quarterly Editor).

CAV Life Members

These are CAV members recognised for the outstanding service they have provided to the branch over their careers:

Dr Boyd Jones

Dr Maggie Gething

Dr Catherine Smith

Dr Ross Blanks

Dr Allan Bell