Challenges of work/life balance in the veterinary profession
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Challenges of work/life balance in the veterinary profession

“Shortage of vets a cause for concern for rural and urban areas in New Zealand” - this was the headline of an article on Stuff in November 2018. Let's talk about it! Come along to our next meeting where we'll have a range of speakers who are all doing work to address, or find out more about these issues. This meeting is relevant to all veterinary professionals.

When: Wednesday 8 May 2019
6.30pm for drinks and nibbles
Where: Wintec Bill Gallagher Events Centre
Parking: Wintec multi storey parking off Ward street (opposite The Warehouse)
New Zealand
Contact: Waikato Branch
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Meeting details

Who can attend? This event is open to everyone who is interested including all veterinary support staff (nurses and reception staff).
Cost: NZVA members - Free. Non NZVA members - small donation on the night to help cover costs.
RSVP: by 6 May above, or to


Jenny Weston - Associate Professor, Dean of Veterinary Science, Massey University
Jenny is a Massey graduate of 1994. She worked in predominantly dairy practice in Stratford before returning to Massey in 2002 to run the Farm Services clinic. She undertook a PhD investigating the diagnosis and control of Neospora abortion in cattle. She is now the Academic Dean at the Veterinary School with overall responsibility for the undergraduate veterinary teaching programmes. Throughout her career she has been active in the NZVA (regional branches, DCV, NZVA Board and President). In her current role she is appointed to the Veterinary Council. Her research interests include social science aspects of the veterinary profession including retention and the wellbeing of veterinarians and veterinary students.

Jenny’s talk will cover: the demographics of the veterinary profession in NZ (supply, demand and retention) as well as passing on thoughts from a recently attended conference in Auckland entitled 'Compassion for Healthcare Professionals'.

Grant McCullough – Director Veterinary Hospital Group
Grant qualified from Massey in 1986 and was the founder of the Veterinary Hospital Group in Auckland. He has been an active committee member of the NZVA Veterinary Business Group and is currently a member of the NZVA Board. Grant has a particular interest in the veterinary shortage issue.

Grant’s talk will cover: The feedback from the NZVA Veterinary Business Branch, Veterinary Council of NZ and the Massey focus group meeting in February about after-hours commitments and the effect on rural practices in particular.

Megan Alderson - Director The Strand Veterinarian, Founder of Women in Veterinary | Essential Solutions (WIVES)
Megan graduated in 1992, worked in mixed-practice, then converted to companion animal practice and set up The Stand Veterinarian clinic in Auckland. Megan was instrumental in the development of the now national group, Women in Veterinary | Essential Solutions (WIVES). This group is inclusive of all veterinarians.

Megan’s talk will cover: an update on what WIVES is about and what the group are doing for the veterinary profession.

Kevanne McGlade – Companion Animal Veterinarian
Kevanne is a Massey graduate. She has two children and is a community practitioner. She works part-time at Massey alongside final-year students in the small animal hospital and also as a locum in private practice. This year she is commencing her Masters, looking at presenteeism in working veterinary mothers and the strategies they employ to manage parenting while working as a veterinarian.

Kevanne’s talk will cover: an update on the research projects she is undertaking with working veterinary parents and will discuss the opportunities for some veterinary parents from the Waikato to be involved in her study.

We hope that you can make it! 

From the Waikato Regional Branch committee.