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Companion Animal Veterinarians branch to become Healthy Pets New Zealand’s first Research in Practice Partner

The Companion Animal Veterinarians branch (CAV) of the New Zealand Veterinary Association has signed an agreement to become Healthy Pets New Zealand’s first Research in Practice Partner.

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NZVA elbow dysplasia scheme – a few reminders

In December 2020, the NZVA elbow dysplasia scheme transitioned to an online system using the Timeless Veterinary Community platform. This new system has a few important differences.

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Veterinary shortage – confirmation of border exception application process

Following on from the Government’s decision to grant 50 border exceptions to veterinarians, the New Zealand Veterinary Association has been working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to determine the process for these exceptions.

To ensure a robust process is followed and that all veterinarians meet the outlined criteria, MPI have requested that the NZVA manage applications.

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Veterinary shortage update: border class exception announcement

Following considerable advocacy from the NZVA, Cabinet have approved a border class exception for up to 50 general practice veterinarians (companion animal, equine, large animal and mixed veterinarians) to enter the country. These exceptions are in addition to the 30 received in August 2020 for large and mixed animal veterinarians.

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Significant Surgical Procedure (SSP) Law and Regulations – authorisation, disbudding goat kids and companion animal dentistry

A wide variety of procedures are captured by the Significant Surgical Procedure (SSP) criteria in section 16 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 that came into law on 9 May 2021. The SSP Regulations commenced on this date too, and mostly allow for non-veterinarians to undertake SSPs, although some prohibit procedures altogether – e.g. cropping of dogs’ ears. The SSP Regulations were developed through an MPI consultation process in 2018/19, to which the NZVA contributed, along with other industry organisations and agencies and people involved with animals.

It is important that veterinarians understand the impact of this law change for them – both when enabling non-veterinarians to undertake procedures (via authorising restricted veterinary medicines) and what is now precluded due to the new regulations.

  1. Authorising to enable an SSP
  2. Disbudding goats
  3. Companion animal dentistry

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Tackling the tough questions with the veterinary business stream

How do we improve workplace culture? How do we improve workplace communications (internal and with clients)? What makes a great workplace? How do these things impact employee wellbeing, retention and business sustainability?

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Benchmarking surveys for New Zealand Veterinary Practices

NZVA members have been asking for quality benchmarking data to help them make better business decisions. The Veterinary Business Branch (VBB), supported by NZVA, have partnered with BBVet to run a series of benchmarking surveys.

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Veterinary shortage update

We recently shared with members our plans for alleviating the veterinary shortage issue. We know that this an incredibly stressful time for all. Please know that the NZVA are committed to doing everything possible to ease the pressure veterinarians are facing to try and reduce the personal toll this is taking.

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98th NZVA AGM: Annual report and proposed constitution changes available

The 98th Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Veterinary Association will take place via zoom on 16 June 2021 at 5pm.

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New regulations for Significant Surgical Procedures came into effect on 9 May 2021

After a 12 month delay due to COVID-19, the new animal welfare regulations relating to significant surgical procedures (SSPs) took effect on 9 May. Amendments to both the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018 have been made to accommodate the new regulations.

New criteria have been introduced into Section 183B of the Animal Welfare Act 1999. These clarify what procedures are considered SSP, and therefore only able to be performed by a veterinarian, unless a regulation states otherwise. Other regulations prohibit procedures entirely (e.g. cropping dogs' ears, firing/blistering/soring/nicking horses' legs). 

The new regulations outline who other than veterinarians can perform some significant surgical procedures on animals and whether pain relief is required.

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