NZVA awards and scholarships

NZVA Awards, Grants and Scholarships

Nominations for the the NZVA awards are open soon and close on 28 February 2019.

Find out more about the awards below.

Find instructions for putting together the nomination package here.


Part of being a proud and successful profession is acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of others. 

Each year, the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) proudly recognises significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership, and tireless commitment to our veterinary community. We invite you to consider nominating a deserving colleague for the NZVA’s prestigious awards.

Award nominees must be current NZVA members to be eligible for nomination. To nominate someone, you will need to submit a nomination package.



Young Veterinarian Award

This award category is open to NZVA member veterinarians up to the age of 35 years*. The Award will honour an individual who has shown outstanding medical, communication, and leadership skills since graduating as a veterinarian.

*award nominees must be under 35 on 28 February 2019.

Veterinary Impact Award

This award category is open to all NZVA members. The Award will be bestowed on an individual who has made a considerable positive impact for the veterinary profession, animal health or welfare, or public health during the past two years. Such impact could have been made through any field of veterinary endeavour, for example clinical practice, research, education, or veterinary politics. 

Veterinary Business Excellence Award

This award category is open to veterinary clinical practices in New Zealand that are run by a veterinarian (who must be a current financial member of the NZVA). If the clinical practice is not run by a registered practising veterinarian, it must be employing NZVA member/s. Candidates may be nominated by any member of the NZVA, including associate members. The Award will recognise demonstrated business excellence that supports employee wellbeing, workplace innovation, entrepreneurial flair, professional leadership and collaboration, and/or customer service in a way that reflects positively on the veterinary profession.

The President's Award

This award recognises individuals or organisations who accomplish extraordinary achievements on behalf of the profession, and provide meritorious service to the profession in the broadest sense.

The Outstanding Services Award

This award acknowledges individuals who deserve special recognition for outstanding service on behalf of the Association and its members.

Honorary Life Membership Award

This award recognises individuals whose contribution to New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) has been of an exceptional nature.



NZVA Companion Animal Veterinarians Branch
Awards, grants and scholarships


A week with...

 This grant supports a Companion Animal Veterinarians (CAV) branch member to spend a week in specialist practice, selecting from a wide range of veterinary medicine disciplines – feline medicine, surgery, pathology, and dermatology.

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Educating the educators

This scholarship provides assistance for veterinary educators to attend advanced level continuing education events outside New Zealand, in exchange for articles, reports and presentations on their area of interest. It is open to both CAV members and non-members. Successful applicants are usually specialists in their field but we also support those who have developed advanced skills in a specialist area.

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NZVA Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians
Awards, grants and scholarships


The Sheep and Beef Vet of the Year

 This award from the NZVA's Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians branch is awarded to a vet who has had a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of sheep and beef cattle. Veterinarians can be nominated by colleagues, farmer clients, or members of the wider agricultural industry.

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The Neil Bruère Scholarship Award

This award is an initiative to provide funding for individual clinical practitioners to undertake district-level investigatory or research work. Applications for the award are open to all members of the NZVA's Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians and, in exceptional circumstances, to other appropriately qualified individuals with a close affinity to sheep and beef cattle production and health.

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