Companion Animal



Companion animal veterinarians service a huge variety of species from dogs and cats to a multitude of exotic creatures.

Like all areas of veterinary practice, expertise in the companion animal sector is always changing and adapting as new scientific studies are undertaken.

The NZVA have created a selection of courses which will be of value to companion animal veterinarians at different stages of their career. You can select from one of the NZVA courses listed below to update, improve or extend your companion animal practice or check out our CPD calendar to view an extensive selection of CPD offered by other providers.

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Companion animal orthopaedic surgery

Learn the latest in fracture management and joint issues.

  • Online
  • Module 1: Start now! | Module 2: 17 - 30 August
  • Tutor: Richard Jerram

Read more about Companion animal orthopaedic surgery


Get your teeth into best practice dentistry

Improve your techniques in oral surgery and obtain better clinical outcomes.

  • Online | Workshop
  • Online: 31 August - 13 September 2020 | Workshop: TBC
  • Tutors: Tony Caiafa | Craig Hunger | Janine van Dam | John Wood

Read more about Get your teeth into best practice dentistry

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The 10 behaviours of success

Add practical skills to your tool kit to thrive in your work and at home.

  • Online
  • Course 1: 21 October - 4 November | Course 2: 18 November - 2 December 2020
  • Tutor: David Keane PhD

Read more about The 10 behaviours of success here

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NZVA Wildlife Conference

Looking to increase your skills in bird and wildlife triage? Join us in Nelson for the annual NZVA wildlife Society conference!

  • Date: 27-29 November 2020 | Location: Nelson
  • Lectures | Workshops | Field trips

Find out more about the NZVA Wildlife conference

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2021 NZVA and NZVNA Conference: Stronger together

Next year's conference will bring everyone in the veterinary profession together in Christchurch.

  • NZVA conference: 23-26 June 2021 | NZVNA conference: 25-26 June 2021
  • NZVA workshops offered on 26 June 2021
  • Location: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Save the date! More information coming soon!

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Veterinary refresher scheme

A self-directed course for veterinarians returning to companion animal practice.

  • Online
  • Start now!
  • Authors: Sandra Forsyth | Kate Hill | Andrew Worth

Read more about Veterinary refresher scheme

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36th World Veterinary Association Congress 2020

Catch up on what you missed at the virtual Congress and learn at your own pace!

  • 100+ hours of recorded lectures available on-demand until the end of September 2020
  • Topics relevant to all veterinary professionals including veterinarians, veterinary nurses, large animal veterinary technicians, practice managers and other veterinary staff

Get your subscription for the WVAC 2020 virtual congress recordings now!

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Practical echocardiology course

An introduction to obtaining and interpreting diagnostic echocardiograms.

  • Workshop
  • Date: TBC | Location: Palmerston North
  • Tutors: Jacqui Huxley | Mark Owen | Sarah Pemberton

Watch this space! More information coming soon!