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Dairy cattle

Dairy cattle form an important component of any large animal veterinarian's case load as well as contributing significantly to the nation's economy.

Like all areas of veterinary practice, expertise in the dairy cattle sector is always changing and adapting as new scientific studies are undertaken.

The NZVA have created a selection of courses which will be of value to dairy cattle veterinarians at different stages of their career. You can select from one of the NZVA courses listed below to update, improve or extend your dairy cattle practice or check out our CPD calendar to view an extensive selection of CPD offered by other providers.

2021 Bovine Surgery

Bovine ultrasound

Learn the latest techniques in bovine ultrasound and improve your confidence.

  • Online: Content available 18 October
  • Workshops: Te Awamutu - 13 December | Bulls - 14 December | Christchurch - 16 December

Read more information on Bovine ultrasound here!

2021 Bovine Surgery

Bovine surgery in the field

Feel confident performing on-farm bovine surgery.

  • Dates: Online - content available from 01 November | Workshop - 03 December
  • Location: Massey University, Palmerston North
  • Tutors: Kristina Mueller | Guy Oakley | Christie Balcomb

Read more information on Bovine surgery in the field here!

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Wellbeing and resilience for veterinary professionals

Fundamental skills required to thrive in the complex veterinary environment.

  • Start online course now!
  • Free for NZVA members through VetScholar | $100 for non-members
  • Tutor: Belinda Noyes

Read more information and register for wellbeing and resilience for veterinary professionals here


Professional skills for veterinary teams

Learn techniques that promote team and workplace effectiveness, and develop your own workplace wellness plan.

  • Start online course now!
  • Free for NZVA members | $400 for non-members
  • Tutor: Michael Meehan

Read more information and register for professional skills for veterinary teams here!

Externally provided NZVA Accredited CPD

To help veterinarians identify high quality CPD, the NZVA, in consultation with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ), has implemented an accreditation “tick” for CPD activities.

Listed below are CPD activities that meet the requirements for NZVA CPD accreditation and are provided by organisations external to the NZVA. Please contact the individual providers for specific information about each CPD activity.

For more information about NZVA CPD accreditation please visit the NZVA CPD accreditation application page.

The Best Practice Intramammary Administration for Dairy Cattle EduBit is a short course on intramammary administration. It was set up by Zoetis and Otago Polytechnic to establish a standard way of providing training and certification in best practice intramammary administration.

Click here for more information on Intramammary Edubit


This course provides a structured approach to solving on-farm milk quality/mastitis problems. It involves a combination of classroom theory, case discussion, and on-farm practicals. The 4th day is for those who wish to gain deeper knowledge of milking machine function. The course is taught by experienced, practical veterinarians with many years experience in working with farmers to improve milk quality and manage mastitis problems.

Click here for more information on advanced mastitis course

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Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) programme provides high-quality continuing education for practicing veterinarians, delivered by distance learning.

Click here to view the 2022 courses they have on offer, and for more information