Companion Animal Veterinarians

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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 support our members’ Continuing Professional Development by providing many educational opportunities such as newsletters, grants, the Veterinary Refresher Scheme, and allegiance with international veterinary organisations.
  • As the technical content experts for the NZVA regarding companion animal health and welfare, we contribute our knowledge to relevant NZVA advocacy and positions.
  • We are a resource for the NZVA Veterinary Team, assisting with queries that arise in everyday practice.
  • We recognise the outstanding work done by companion animal veterinarians with our annual service award and life memberships.
  • We support projects that encourage responsible pet ownership and companion animal welfare by providing representation on the New Zealand Companion Animal Trust.
  • We encourage clinical veterinarians to pursue research that benefits their patients by supporting Healthy Pets New Zealand as their Research in Practice partner.

Contact us

You can get in touch with our committee at, 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

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), Simon Clark (Vice President & Treasurer), Toni Anns, Nina Field, Alison Pickering, Sally Aitken, Kevanne McGlade, Becky Murphy, Shanaka Sarathchandra 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