2018 Cervetec (Deer) Conference
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2018 Cervetec (Deer) Conference

The Cervetec Annual Conference of the Deer Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association will be held in Timaru from the 14-15 May 2018. Get up to date with the latest science, practitioner papers and industry news from the deer farming industry over this two day conference.

14/05/2018 to 15/05/2018
When: Monday 14 May
Tuesday 15 May
Where: Sopheze on the Bay
Virtue Ave, Maori Hill
Timaru, Canterbury 
New Zealand
Contact: Hannah Schrader
04 495 1140

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Cervetec Conference




Monday 14 May - Tuesday 15 May 2018                                                                             

The Cervetec Annual Conference of the Deer Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association will be held in Timaru from the 14-15 May 2018.  Get up to date with the latest science, practitioner papers and industry news from the deer farming industry over this two day conference. 

Learn about genetic improvement programmes (able to converse more easily with deer farmers about breeding); understand new animal welfare/velvetting regulations and how vets can help;  Johne's control/science updates; case studies; and environmental management changes.

You have the option to also attend the Deer Industry New Zealand conference on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. 
The details and programme for the DINZ conference can be located here.


Monday 14 May

10.00 Morning Tea - Sponsored by MSD
10.35 Welcome Ian Page
10.45 Animal health planning: Ginny Dodunski 
11.10 The CPD it's live! Lotte Cantley
11.25 Landcorp and the environment: Alison Dewes
12.15 Landcorp breeding programme: Jim Inglis
12.45 Lunch - Sponsored by Phoenix Pharm
1.20 Velvet damage Ian Scott
1.50 Update on shed regulations Ian Scott
2.20 AH/parasite forum
2.50 AH/parasite forum
3.20 Afternoon tea - Sponsored by Virbac
3.50 Investigation into weaner losses: Fleur Barker
4.10 Toxicity in weaners: Geoff Woodhouse
4.25 Deer farming in Taiwan: Colin MacIntosh
4.45 Deer Branch AGM & Drinks
6:30  Cervetec Dinner, Sopheze


Tuesday 15 May

8.30 What did we learn from the Mycoplasma incursion? MPI
9.00 The practical use of DeerPRO data: Solis Norton
9.30 Deer breeding programme: Jamie Ward
10.00 Going off label - what can go wrong? Dave Lawrence
10.30 Morning Tea - Sponsored by MSD
11.00 New AW regs and overwintering of stock: MPI, Leonie Ward
11.40 Effect of nutrition on pedicle development: Dave Lawrence
12.05 Biomarkers in healthy deer: Frank Griffin
12.35 Comprehensive control strategies for Johnes infected herds: Rory O' Brien
1.10 Lunch - Sponsored by Phoenix Pharm
2.00 Merge with DINZ Technical programme
2.00 - 3.00 DEEResearch key projects update
2.00 - 4.15 Technical session DEEResearch update and P2P “from the farm” reporting Co-chairs Catharine Sayer DINZ Science and Policy Manager and Innes Moffat P2P Project Manager 
3.00 - 4.15  Apply the P2P experience
4.15 Afternoon tea

Progress on changes to National Tb testing programme, risk based testing and Industry funding. NAIT Review update. Q&A

 5.15 Next Generation “Future leadership; Issues and expectations"
5.35-5.45  International deer calendar overview   
7.00  Welcome function, Bullock Bar
Please click here for more details on the DINZ programme 

Suitable for

Veterinarians who are required to treat deer or talk to deer farmers.


Alison Dewes
Rory O'Brien
Frank Griffin
Colin Mackintosh
Geoff Asher
Jaimie Ward
Ministry of Primary Industries
Jim Inglis

And many others!

CPD Points

Activities in this conference can be recorded under either continuing veterinary education or collegial learning activity.

Accommodation - BOOK EARLY!

To book your accommodation please contact:

Pat Johnston
Destination Conference Managers
P 03 477 1377
M 027 215 9807
E pat@dcms.co.nz


Please advise the date you will be arriving and date you will be departing. Available properties are:

  • Grosvenor Hotel: Standard Studio $115.00 or Superior Studio $125.00
  • Viaduct: Studio room  $175.00
  • Parklands Motor Lodge: Studio $140.00 or  one bedroom $160.00  

The booking confirmation will be invoiced via email, it can then be paid by direct credit to BNZ 020 912 0242563 37 or by  visa and a link will be given on the invoice.

Please note that there is limited accommodation available.  Most of the accommodation in Timaru has been pre-booked for the conference through Destination Conference Managers, therefore it is advisable to contact them in the first instance.

Registration Prices

Cervetec Conference (Monday 14 May - Tuesday 15 May until 2pm)

Earlybird discount rate applies until Friday 27 April.

     NZVA member*  
1 Day
$325 $375

2 Days
$625 $675
1 Day
$375 $425
   2 Days         
$675 $725

* includes technical sessions on Tuesday afternoon after 2pm at DINZ conference.

Cervetec Conference Dinner - $70

DINZ Conference (Tuesday 15 May after 2pm - Wednesday 16 May)

Tuesday conference dinner - $80

Wednesday conference sessions - $80 (including breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

Wednesday DINZ awards dinner - $100

All prices are in NZD and are GST inclusive 

If you're not a member of the NZVA you may find becoming a member and paying the member conference fee a much better deal. Contact the membership team at membership@vets.org.nz for current membership rates.

Proudly sponsored by

Platinum Sponsor

DeerPRO Ltd


Gold Sponsors