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Veterinary certification for transport

Regulation 45 - Obligations of transporters in relation to animals to which regulations 38 to 43 apply. A transporter must comply with any relevant conditions specified in the certificate.

MPIVS and NZVA have also developed broader procedures to ensure clinical veterinarians and VS staff have a similar standard regarding the certification of defective animals for transport other than those conditions defined under regulation 38 to 45.

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Velvetting regulation - what this means for you (and veterinary technicians)

The significant surgical procedure regulations come into force on 9 May 2021. Among these, is Regulation 58(C) Velvetting deer antlers.
The wording of the regulation is very specific and mirrors very closely the requirements of the National Velveting Standards Body (NVSB), that only allows certain people to velvet.
This means that veterinary technicians are PROHIBITED from velvetting deer in New Zealand. The only exception to this rule, is if a veterinary technician was the owner or an employee of the owner (with the owner’s approval), and they have a valid authorisation.

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Intramammary insertion resources now available!

The long-awaited suite of intramammary insertion resources are now live on the DCV membership page.

These tools will provide members with resources to assist in the understanding of expectations, compliance, training, assessment and in the recommended use of disclaimers. The NZVA, DCV and VPIS are working towards improving communications around this topic. The guidelines that have been developed are highly recommended for veterinarians to follow.

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98th AGM of the New Zealand Veterinary Association

The NZVA Board wish to advise that a date has now been set for the 98th Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Veterinary Association. This will take place via Zoom at 5pm Wednesday 16 June 2021.

 

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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.

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No AFFCO processing available for autumn bobby calves this season in Northland

The NZVA has been notified there will not be any AFFCO processing available for autumn bobby calves this season in Northland. Winter and spring bobby calf services will remain available due to higher volumes of calves at this time.

Bobby calf welfare is of paramount concern and therefore suitable and acceptable arrangements will need to be made. Plans should be on a farm by farm basis.

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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

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NZVA members COVID-19 update: 15 February 2021

In this update:

  1. NZVA Essential Service Provision Advice - V8
  2. Travel over the Auckland perimeter

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Request for samples for molecular survey of the canine parvovirus 2 (CPV-2) in New Zealand

During 2021, MSD Animal Health and Massey University are collaborating on a parvovirus study: ‘A Molecular Survey of Canine Parvovirus 2 (CPV-2) in New Zealand’. The aim of this study is to estimate the relative prevalence of parvovirus subtypes in naturally infected New Zealand dogs.

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Theilera equi response

A declaration of New Zealand’s freedom from the equine blood disease Theilera equi was recently posted on the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) website.

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