Wildlife Society

Wildlife Society of the NZVA

About the Wildlife Society

The Wildlife Society of the NZVA was formed to enhance veterinary contributions to the welfare and management of New Zealand's native wildlife, to support research in this field, and to encourage conservation of threatened species.

The branch assists in the veterinary management of New Zealand native wildlife through the sharing of general and technical information. The branch produces the technical publication Kokako, produces a newsletter three times per year, runs a Google discussion group and holds an annual conference to share ideas and encourage conservation of threatened species.

Save the Date!

We are excited to announce that this year's Wildlife Society Meeting will be at Trailways Hotel, Nelson, from 27-29 November. Local talks will focus on conservation issues in the Tasman Region, and there will be the usual great range of member talks. In addition, we are planning some lovely field trips to the sunny sites of Nelson. Conference theme to be announced shortly, and look for updates and registration information in the coming months on the NZVA website. We look forward to seeing you there!


Bat care advice for first responders
This advice is provided for the first people who are made aware of a bat that could be injured.

Initial veterinary care for New Zealand bats
These guidelines for the care of bats have been developed for situations when a bat may be injured, or found on the ground. It provides guidance for only the first few days of care. If bats are to be kept for longer periods then specialist veterinary care will be required. This document provides a bibliography and links to information that may be useful for longer term care.

Annual Grants

The MCMF Grant is awarded to students engaging in research that is practicable and relevant to current wildlife concerns. The research should enhance veterinary contributions to the welfare and management of New Zealand's wildlife and promote communication among both veterinarians and non-veterinarians with expertise in wildlife management and research. It should also encourage conservation, especially by veterinary contributions, to the management of threatened species.

Application criteria.
Application form.

If you have any questions, please contact wildlife@vets.org.nz

The Wildlife Society Practitioners Grant is a new fund established in 2013 to provide support to veterinarians in practice who have a strong interest in further developing their veterinary skills in native New Zealand wildlife species. The Grant can be used for funding continuing education in this field either through online courses and/or practical placements at wildlife veterinary centres. Our purpose for such a fund is to increase the skills of general practice veterinarians in wildlife medicine and surgery and to promote the benefits of treating wildlife in practice.

Application form, including terms and criteria.

If you have any questions about this grant or application, please contact wildlife@vets.org.nz

Wildlife Society Membership

Membership is open to all NZVA members by way of an additional subscription fee. First year veterinary graduates receive complimentary membership for their first year of practice. To join outside the membership renewal period please email membership@vets.org.nz

Wildlife Society members' only areas

Wildlife Society members can access their member only area by logging into the NZVA website and selecting 'Groups' from their profile, or directly from this link: Wildlife members only area.