Companion Animal Veterinarians

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Companion Animal Veterinarians Branch


A thriving companion animal veterinary profession in New Zealand. We work towards this by promoting and supporting all aspects of companion animal veterinary practice.

How we do this:

  • We support our members’ Continuing Professional Development by providing educational opportunities such as newsletters, grants, the Veterinary Refresher Scheme and allegiance with international veterinary organisations.
  • As the technical content experts regarding companion animal health and welfare for the NZVA, we contribute our knowledge to relevant NZVA advocacy and positions.
  • We are a resource for the NZVA Veterinary Team, assisting with queries that arise in everyday practice.
  • We recognise the outstanding work done by companion animal veterinarians with our annual service award and life memberships.
  • We support projects that encourage responsible pet ownership and companion animal welfare by providing representation on the New Zealand Companion Animal Trust.
  • We encourage clinical veterinarians to pursue research that benefits their patients by supporting Healthy Pets New Zealand as their Research in Practice partner.


CAV was established in 1972 as a Special Interest Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) for veterinarians with a focus on small animal work.

From 2021, membership is included for NZVA members as part of your annual subscription fee – sign-up when you join or renew your membership. To join outside the membership renewal period, please email

Life members

These are CAV members recognised for the outstanding service they have provided to the branch over their careers:

Dr Boyd Jones

Dr Maggie Gething

Dr Catherine Smith

Dr Ross Blanks

Dr Allan Bell

Dr Craig Irving

Contact us

You can get in touch with our committee by emailing or through the NZVA office.