A strong voice for the profession
The NZVA increases the visibility, value and influence of veterinarians; and influences public behaviours and attitudes to animal welfare and wellbeing - so people can see the profession as the fence at the top of the cliff instead of the ambulance at the bottom.
The NZVA works to influence, on your behalf, for the good of animals, the profession, the country, and society. We are your voice where it counts - speaking for the profession to influence and make change where it is needed most.
The NZVA is highly regarded and respected as the veterinary profession’s national body. We are not afraid to speak out and when we do it’s careful and co-ordinated to bring the greatest impact for the greater good.
Communicating the true value of veterinarians in society
We highlight the issues that matter to veterinarians and actively showcase your stories and achievements as trusted advisors and champions of animal welfare in all fields of veterinary endeavour. We help others understand the real value of veterinarians in society today. We do this through multiple channels – in person, through news media, social media (Facebook and Twitter), online, through our publications, and by speaking at a wide range of events.
Making a stand, and influencing change on important issues that affect the quality of all life (animals, humans and the environment)
Our policies, guidelines, and position statements are developed with members to enable us to respond quickly, and with authority, to current events in the media and to support our lobbying and advocacy work.
We work with government, industry, and the wider veterinary community to inform public debate, opinion, legislation, regulations, and policy when it comes to issues that affect the quality of animal life, human life, and our environment. And we have a strong international voice through our relationships with the presiding world bodies and other veterinary associations.
We maintain a strong international voice and reputation for New Zealand veterinarians through our relationships with the presiding world bodies and other veterinary associations. We foster strong ties with many of our counterparts, in particular, the Australian Veterinary Association and the British Veterinary Association.
Recently, the NZVA have played a major role in:
- Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy (AMR)
- National Cat Management Strategy
- Dangerous Dogs Strategy
- Responsible Animal Ownership Strategy (in progress)
- Better treatment of bobby calves
- Ban on tail docking
- Highlighting health issues for brachycephalic and welfare-compromised breeds
- Sentience of animals
The NZVA represents the profession on:
- The Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Industry Liaison Group
- Advisory Committee on Registration of Veterinary Specialists (ACRVS)
- Agricultural and Veterinary Medicines Advisory Council
- Animal Behaviour and Welfare Consultative Committee
- Animal Ethics Committees (numerous)
- Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)
- Australia and New Zealand Council for Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART)
- Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA)
- Companion Animal Health Foundation Trust (CAHF)
- Farm to Processor Animal Welfare Forum
- Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA)
- International Leptospirosis Society
- Kaimanawa Horse Working Party
- Landcare Research
- Ministry of Health, Antibiotic Advisory Group
- MPI Antimicrobial Resistance Coordination Group
- National Adverse Events Committee
- National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC)
- National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
- National Animal Welfare Emergency Management Group
- National Mastitis Advisory Committee
- National Velvetting Standards Body (NVSB)
- New Zealand Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan Group
- New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC)
- New Zealand Equine Health Association
- RNZSPCA Animal Welfare Committee
- Royal Society of New Zealand Biological and Life Sciences Vice Presidents Advisory Panel
- South Canterbury SPCA Inc
- Standards New Zealand NZ ISO/TC34 Food Products International Group
- Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) Professional Standards Committee
- Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee (VSAAC)
- World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)
- Wormwise Implementation Group (WIG)
- World Veterinary Association AMR Working Group