Companion Animal Veterinarians Branch


Our vision is a thriving companion animal veterinary profession in New Zealand, and we work towards this by promoting and supporting all aspects of companion animal veterinary practice.

The branch was established in 1972 and is operated by a voluntary committee of nine veterinarians from around New Zealand. These veterinarians come from a broad range of backgrounds with practice owners, associate veterinarians, industry veterinarians and academics all represented. Further support is given to the branch by an Operations Manager and a Newsletter Editor.

The branch work encompasses supporting members’ education, keeping them up-to-date with topical issues in the companion animal field, promoting the value of companion animals in society, representing members’ interests, advocating for companion animal welfare and recognising the contributions that veterinarian members make to their communities. Enquiries on companion animal matters are welcomed at

CAV Membership

Membership is open to all NZVA members by way of an additional subscription fee. First and second year veterinary graduates receive complimentary membership. Members who are on parental leave are also granted one complimentary year of membership.

To join outside the membership renewal period please email

CAV Member Benefits

  • Improved knowledge and expertise
  • Support and representation
  • Affiliation with international veterinary organisations
  • Recognition and reward for contributions to the veterinary profession

Click here to see the full list of benefits

CAV member-only area

CAV members can access the CAV member only area by logging into the NZVA website and selecting 'Groups' from their profile.