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NZVA members COVID-19 update: 18 August 2021

In this update:

  • VCNZ & NZVA statement on operating veterinary services at COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4
  • NZVA Veterinary Service Provision Advice - V10
  • VCNZ telemedicine update

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Update on border exceptions and MIQ

In June the government announced 50 general practice veterinarians would be allowed to enter the country with a border exception. The NZVA have been working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Immigration NZ (INZ) to ensure a robust process is in place.

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Veterinary Association echoes concerns about feral cats used for rabbit control

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) has added its voice to the concerns already expressed by the Central Otago community and Predator Free NZ about feral cats being released onto rural properties in an attempt to manage rabbit and rodent populations.

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98th Annual General Meeting

The 98th NZVA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Wednesday 16 June. Member subscriptions were confirmed for 2022 and will stay at the same amount as 2021. The constitutional changes were passed with more than two thirds voting for the changes as presented.

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Companion Animal Veterinarians branch to become Healthy Pets New Zealand’s first Research in Practice Partner

The Companion Animal Veterinarians branch (CAV) of the New Zealand Veterinary Association has signed an agreement to become Healthy Pets New Zealand’s first Research in Practice Partner.

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Veterinary shortage – confirmation of border exception application process

Following on from the Government’s decision to grant 50 border exceptions to veterinarians, the New Zealand Veterinary Association has been working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to determine the process for these exceptions.

To ensure a robust process is followed and that all veterinarians meet the outlined criteria, MPI have requested that the NZVA manage applications.

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Veterinary border class exception announcement helps fill the gap

The New Zealand Veterinary Association is delighted and thanks the Ministers of Agriculture and Immigration for their announcement today that the government has granted a border class exception for an additional 50 general practice veterinarians to enter the country.

This will help alleviate the critical shortage of veterinarians that has been made worse by the border restrictions imposed due to COVID-19.

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Veterinary shortage update: border class exception announcement

Following considerable advocacy from the NZVA, Cabinet have approved a border class exception for up to 50 general practice veterinarians (companion animal, equine, large animal and mixed veterinarians) to enter the country. These exceptions are in addition to the 30 received in August 2020 for large and mixed animal veterinarians.

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Benchmarking surveys for New Zealand Veterinary Practices

NZVA members have been asking for quality benchmarking data to help them make better business decisions. The Veterinary Business Branch (VBB), supported by NZVA, have partnered with BBVet to run a series of benchmarking surveys.

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