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1972 Reunion

A good turnout of 35 people enjoyed a memorable reunion at the end of March in Whanganui which was organised by Dave and Lorraine Taylor.

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1964/65 Reunion

Last month, a reunion of the veterinary students’ intake of 1964 and 1965 took place.

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CAV Annual Service Award nominations now open!

Your CAV executive committee invites you to nominate a deserving CAV member for this year’s CAV Annual Service Award.

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Grazing Gazette - a call for contributions

Do you have a clinical case to share, results of trials, or comment on a topic of interest that would be a good contribution to the Grazing Gazette - our Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians' newsletter?

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NZVA consultation – feedback required!

The entire membership will now be asked for feedback on proposed NZVA Policies, Position Statements and Standards. This will be achieved using Member Technical Notes/ briefing papers and online surveys.

The NZVA policy framework is also currently undergoing an extensive review. The aims of the review are to ensure that our positioning on issues that affect the veterinary profession are proactive rather than reactive, and to streamline our current portfolio of policy documents. It is anticipated that this review and the required member consultations will take around two years to complete.

The first NZVA consultation under the new consultation process and policy framework is on the proposed Standard for Working with Non-veterinarians. Provide your feedback on this briefing paper by completing the online survey by Monday 19 April.

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Have your say, and support the Rural Support Trust

Can all farmers access the advice and support they need to be productive and sustainable?

As a specialist who provides advice to those in the primary sector, you are invited by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to share your thoughts regarding the current and future needs of the primary sector advisory system.

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Urgent notification regarding data privacy

We have been contacted by some members concerned that their private contact details have been shared on a public website. We are confident that the information has not originated from our confidential database i.e. the NZVA database has not been hacked. The NZVA IT team is continuing to investigate and we will keep you informed of any updates.

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Prevalence and clinical outcomes of Canine Parvovirus (CPV-2) in New Zealand

To gain a better understanding of the epidemiology of Canine Parvovirus (CPV-2) in New Zealand, SPCA New Zealand, in collaboration with Massey University and Unitec Institute of Technology, have developed an online survey. The researchers are asking all registered veterinary clinics across New Zealand to participate.

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Latest news about Leptospirosis in a study published by Massey University

It’s been referred to as ‘dairy farm fever’, but new research suggests that leptospirosis infections may be just as common among people working on beef, sheep and deer farms as it is in dairy farms.

The authors say their research suggests the current status quo for vaccinating beef, sheep and deer should be reassessed to provide more protection to this group of workers.

The takeaway messages from these findings are:

  1. Dry stock farmers were inferred to contribute as many notified cases to New Zealand's leptospirosis burden as dairy farmers, despite dairy farmer occupation being recorded much more frequently.
  2. All stock needs vaccination against Leptospirosis.

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