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.
Veterinary border class exception announcement helps fill the gap
The New Zealand Veterinary Association is delighted and thanks the Ministers of Agriculture and Immigration for their announcement today that the government has granted a border class exception for an additional 50 general practice veterinarians to enter the country.
This will help alleviate the critical shortage of veterinarians that has been made worse by the border restrictions imposed due to COVID-19.
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.
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.
Veterinary shortage stories – we need your help!
We have developed a comprehensive approach to our advocacy through which we are seeking either a further class exemption or another accelerated method for veterinarians to enter the country.
We would like your help to contribute to our effort to pitch stories to the media by supplying us with stories that illustrate the key impacts of the shortage.
Wiggles strike a sour note with veterinarians
Veterinary shortage update: Australian veterinarians
Immigration NZ have now confirmed that Australian citizens and permanent residents can now visit, work and live in New Zealand without obtaining a visa before travelling to New Zealand.
The above means that there are no visa requirements for Australian veterinarians wanting to work in New Zealand.
Important information for veterinarians travelling on live export ships
Recently, a veterinarian working on a live export ship was not able to immediately return to New Zealand at the end their voyage. To prevent this happening again, we suggest several points are clarified with the export companies, prior to veterinarians sailing (or accepting the risk if these issues are not addressed). We do not have clarity of how this process is being managed currently – it is understood that veterinarians caught up in a delay/alternate port will not be afforded emergency MIQ space.
The NZVA is engaging with the exporters, via Animal Trade Advisory Council, and will provide further information when it comes to hand.
NZVA members COVID-19 update: 16 February 2021
We hope you and your team are managing with the latest COVID ‘adjustment’. It’s just a short one from us today, to provide updated information on yesterday’s two items:
- Revisions to NZVA’s Essential Service Provision Advice
- Clarification of Auckland’s regional borders
NZVA members COVID-19 update: 15 February 2021
In this update:
- NZVA Essential Service Provision Advice - V8
- Travel over the Auckland perimeter