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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36th World Veterinary Association Congress 2020 - Cancelled

The 36th WVAC has been cancelled.

  • Conference
  • Date: 6–8 April 2020 | Location: Auckland
  • Speaker biographies and programme available online

More information regarding the cancellation is available at

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Veterinary refresher scheme

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

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

Read more about Veterinary refresher scheme

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Practical echocardiology course

An introduction to obtaining and interpreting diagnostic echocardiograms.

  • Workshop
  • Date: 4 June 2020 | Location: Palmerston North
  • Tutors: Jacqui Huxley | Mark Owen

Watch this space! More information coming soon!


Get your teeth into best practice dentistry

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

  • Online | Workshop
  • Date: September 2020 | Location: Palmerston North
  • Tutors: Tony Caiafa | Craig Hunger | Janine van Dam | John Wood

Watch this space! More information coming soon!

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Backyard chooks and other feathered friends

Increase your confidence and skills diagnosing and treating common problems.

  • Online
  • Date: August 2020
  • Tutors: Neil Christensen | Dawn Mills

Watch this space! More information coming soon!