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Canine cough epidemic in NZ
The current epidemic of canine cough is a normal occurrence in New Zealand and is caused by disease agents already present in New Zealand (i.e. it is not an exotic disease agent). It is not related to COVID-19 and it is not zoonotic (not transmitted from animals to humans). Good hygiene measures should always be used when dealing with animals, and particularly sick animals.

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Latest news about immigration and veterinarians

As a result of the NZVA lobbying efforts, supported by VCNZ, as well as recent correspondence from Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), we are pleased to announce that MBIE and Immigration NZ have formed the below view regarding the state of the veterinary profession in New Zealand.

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Antimicrobial stewardship – who regulates what?

Veterinarians play a key role in the responsible use of antimicrobials in animals. Find out more about the regulators of antimicrobials.

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Mycoplasma cynos outbreak in racing Greyhounds

We had a few queries about an outbreak of infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB) caused by M. cynos in Greyhounds, so we’ve asked Greyhound Racing NZ for more information. Here is what we’ve learned from them to date.

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Antimicrobial stewardship – when to reach for red?

Veterinarians play a key role in the responsible use of antimicrobials in animals. Prudent use guidelines and a traffic light use system have been developed by the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) to assist veterinarians in their antimicrobial use decision making. The Veterinary Council New Zealand (VCNZ) and the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Group of the Ministry for Primary Industries (ACVMG) are co-regulators for the use of veterinary medicines and veterinarians.

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Critical shortage of veterinarians: NZVA advocacy update

The NZVA Board recently decided the critical shortage of veterinarians, made worse by COVID-19 border restrictions, is the number one priority for the NZVA at this time. The NZVA office team have pulled out all stops to work on helping the situation.

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The NZVA Board welcomes Corey Regnerus

The NZVA Board is delighted to welcome Corey Regnerus to the Board for a one year term. 

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New member benefit: build an online store with Storbie

We have partnered with Kiwi e-commerce platform Storbie to help you get started with an online shop.

Storbie have made a real impact on the pharmacy industry in New Zealand, so we are excited to partner with Storbie to bring the same opportunity to the veterinary industry. Together, we have been working on a website solution designed with veterinary clinics in mind.  v

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NZVA's work on getting overseas veterinarians into NZ

The NZVA board decided recently the number one priority for NZVA is working to alleviate the critical shortage of veterinarians in New Zealand. We are doing this by lobbying Ministers and officials to streamline the processes for bringing overseas veterinarians into New Zealand. We are also seeking expressions of interest from overseas veterinarians to match with potential employers.

During the last month, we have achieved a lot towards making this priority a reality.

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Study shows Auckland householders share antibiotic-resistant bacteria with pets

Results of a recent study of 27 Auckland households showing people and pets can share the same antibiotic resistant strains of E.coli is a timely reminder of the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

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