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The Large Animal Veterinary Technicians Group

Thursday, 7 September 2017  
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By Justine Britton - LAVT committee member

In mid 2012 the Dairy Cattle Veterinarians ( DCV) Committee, with the support of the NZVA, considered the role of the veterinary technician in large animal practice, and acknowledged that whilst there were a number of educational institutes in New Zealand offering Large Animal Veterinary Technician (LAVT) courses there was a lack of external CPD opportunities for existing technicians already working in practice. From this initial conversation the inaugural 2012 LAVT Conference was created.

At the conclusion of this conference and after expressions of interest were called for, an interim LAVT committee was formed, establishing a group whose initial function was and still is, to recommend to the NZVA and DCV executive the most appropriate professional structure for Large Animal Veterinary Technicians in New Zealand. The LAVT committee has established itself currently as an associate branch of the DCV.

The creation of the Code of Conduct for Large Animal Veterinary Technicians in 2013 has been a significant achievement for the committee to date. A copy of this code was presented to delegates at our 2014 conference and is now accessible for members to view on the NZVA website in the resource centre under 'Codes, guidelines and templates'.

Since 2012 the committee has successfully presented LAVT conferences in Wellington, (2013), Massey University, Palmerston North (2014) and Lincoln University, Otago (2015). In 2016 the committee offered the annual CPD in the form of a Vetlearn course on Growing Young Stock which was very well received.

2017 will see the LAVT committee presenting topics alongside the DCV at the “Better Together” conference to be held in Wellington 6 – 8 th December. We would love to see as many of our members there and would welcome prospective members to come along, take advantage of a great conference and meet the LAVT team.

The aim of our conference is to provide technicians working in veterinary practice with up to date information, skills and knowledge that can be taken back to their workplace and subsequently help drive and develop the technician role, offering exposure to industry professionals and fellow technicians to help inspire, challenge and share experiences.

Registrations open 1 August with early bird closing 1 November. You can find more information on the conference and register here.

Find information on the benefits of membership to the LAVT group on the NZVA website.