News & Press: NZVA media release

NZVA/VPIS/Foundation CEO hands over the reins

Tuesday, 23 August 2016  
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The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) Chief Executive Officer, Julie Hood has announced her resignation after being with the Association for just under ten years, providing six months notice to allow the Board to find a suitable successor and a smooth transition.

Ms Hood said the highlight of her tenure was to see the finalisation of an exciting profession led 2030 strategy. Highlighting the inseparability of the wellbeing of animals, humans and the environment, the strategy repositions the profession at the centre, with veterinarians ideally placed to play a much broader role in helping society balance the needs of all three.

In rebalancing, we are creating a more resilient country – possibly the most resilient country – by minimising shocks (health, economic, environmental and reputational), while still experiencing the pride (and joy) that comes from doing the right thing by the animals we care so much about.

New Zealand should feel very proud of its national veterinary workforce she concluded – ‘you’ll find them in the strangest of places’.