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Project 100: celebrating our past, present and future

Tuesday, 12 March 2019   (0 Comments)
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Our Association will be 100 in 2023.

The first meeting of the group that formed the NZVA took place on 16 January 1923, and the association was officially incorporated on 4 April 1924. We are getting set now for what could be a very long centenary party in 2023 and 2024.

Lynley Jenkins, NZVA Head of Communications and Engagement and Bob Gumbrell from the NZVA’s Retired Veterinarians Branch have started the planning process.

“A major feature of the party will be the stories and reminiscences from veterinarians past and present,” says Bob. “Thus, we are anxious to locate veterinarians who are ‘old’ and ‘not so old’ so we can chat with them about veterinary matters of the past, and get their experiences and comments. While we know many, there are also many not known to us.

We’re asking NZVA members to please send us the names and contact details of any known to you who would be happy to be contacted – or encourage them to get in touch with me direct.”

Bob says great care will be taken with any photographs, papers or other memorabilia shared with Project 100. “We can arrange to have originals copied, and will safely return any treasured possessions entrusted to us.”

Project 100 is also pleased to hear from any NZVA members who would like to be involved in interviewing previous generations of veterinarians to record important stories about the profession’s history.

“This is a great opportunity for some younger veterinarians to get involved and talk one-on-one with leaders of the past, and hear about the fascinating experiences of our profession’s pioneers.

"We are also happy to receive letters, documents and audio recordings from veterinarians and their families, as long as we can contact you to authenticate details. We’d love to hear from people and organisations associated with New Zealand’s veterinary profession through the years who have insights and information to enrich our 100-year party.”

Information gathering is just the first step. “Our hope is that the centenary will\ be a celebration of the whole profession and the whole picture in New Zealand – honouring our past, present and future.” 

Please contact us through the NZVA head office on or direct to Bob at