2018 NZVA Wildlife Society Conference
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2018 NZVA Wildlife Society Conference

Anticipation is building for this year’s conference! It will offer an exciting line-up of presentations, workshops, and a field trip. This year, the conference is based in Dunedin with a plethora of local wildlife nearby on the Otago Peninsula.

23/11/2018 to 26/11/2018
When: Friday 23 November - Sunday 25 November
Where: Otago Museum
419 Great King St
North Dunedin
Dunedin, Otago  9016
New Zealand
Contact: Hannah Schrader
+64 4 495 1140

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Wildlife Society of the NZVA Conference

23-25 November 2018

Dunedin: The Wild South!

Our conference brings together the diverse groups who work with wildlife in the clinic and outdoors through talks, a field trip to the rugged Otago Peninsula and workshops. It will inspire, enthuse and equip veterinarians to work confidently with wildlife of all types, and provide life-long connections for support and enjoyment in this dynamic sphere.

There will be fantastic talks from local wildlife experts, wildlife veterinarians, conservationists and ecologists. We are spoiled for choice with our field trip, with 'Penguin Place' and 'The Royal Albatross Centre' nearby on the Otago Peninsula. 

This year, part of the academic programme will be held at Otago Polytechnic School of Veterinary nursing, with a chance to look through the newly established Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.


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 Thursday 20 September.


8.30am Friday 23 November - 5pm Sunday 25 November.

More information and a printable version please click here


The South is not only home to some spectacular native wildlife, but is also home to some of New Zealand's top wildlife researchers and wildlife advocates. In addition to our veterinary speakers, the link below shows a taste of a few of the local speakers presenting at the NZVA Wildlife Conference.

More information...


Friday/Saturday: Otago Museum
Sunday: Orokanui Ecosanctuary


Workshops will be run for approximately 3 hours on the afternoon of Friday 23 November.

Managing avian reproductive disease
Increase your knowledge and competence with managing and treating common reproductive disorders in avian patients.
Tutor: Janelle Ward
Price: From $65

Avian necropsy
Hone your skills in avian gross pathology
Tutor: Stuart Hunter
Price: From $75
Limited to 16 people

More information...

Field trips

This year delegates will have three field trips to choose from. You'll find information for each destination via the following links:

  1. Monarch/Penguin Place | Saturday 24 November
  2. Albatross Colony Tour | Saturday 24 November, $70pp (based on minimum numbers)
  3. Orokanui Ecosanctuary | Sunday 25 November

More information will be available soon.

If your budget doesn't stretch to include a field trip, you may like some of the free activities Dunedin has on offer:

  1. Otago Museum
  2. Botanic Gardens
  3. Dunedin



Wildlife society member NZVA member Non-member Partner Retired/ Student/Vet Nurse
Conference Day rate $200 $250 $325 $90 $100
Full conference (excluding field trips & workshops) $450 $500 $650 $250 $150
Workshops (Friday afternoon) Managing avian reproductive disease $65 $75 $95 N/A $65
Avian pathology & wet lab $75 $85 $105 N/A $75


All delegates
Field trips (Saturday afternoon) Wildlife boat cruise & Penguin Place (minimum of 10 people required) $120
Albatross colony visit Tairoa Head (minimum of 15 people) $70
Field trips (Sunday after- noon) Orokanui guided 1 hour walk $28
Orokanui self guided walk $10
Dinner Etrusco: The Savoy Building, 8A Moray Place, Dunedin | Friday 23 November. $55
T-shirts S / M / L $25

Men's T-Shirt
Colour:  Black, Charcoal, Green, Bright Royal

Women's T-shirts
Colour: Black, Charcoal, Green, Indigo


Etrusco,The Savoy Building,8A Moray Place, Dunedin | Friday 23 November.


The following three motels have offered to hold accommodation until beginning October for us. All are within close walking distance to the Otago Museum where the first two days of the conference are to be held.

Booking instructions: To receive a special conference rate, contact the motels directly and use the reference "Wildlife Conference". DO NOT use the online booking system. If you do not book within the booking period, you will not be guaranteed to receive the conference discount and you may need to look elsewhere for accommodation.

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