Companion Animal Veterinarians

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Companion Animal Veterinarians Branch

Vision

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 many educational opportunities such as newsletters, grants, the Veterinary Refresher Scheme, and allegiance with international veterinary organisations.
  • As the technical content experts for the NZVA regarding companion animal health and welfare, 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.

Membership

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. Or, to join outside the membership renewal period please email membership@vets.org.nz.

Committee

The Companion Animal Veterinarians Branch is operated by an executive committee of up to nine veterinarians from around New Zealand. The committee has 4 meeting days each year and support the branch work by providing opinions and expertise by email and teleconferencing between meetings.

Being a member of the committee is an excellent means of professional development as well as a way to "give back" to the profession. Costs to attend meetings are covered by the branch, along with a locum fee. Members also receive NZVA conference registration at student rates and a complimentary ticket to the annual CAV dinner.

President
Natalie Lloyd

Vice President
Simon Clark

Treasurer
Kevanne McGlade

Members

  • Toni Anns
  • Nina Field
  • Alison Pickering
  • Sally Aitken
  • Becky Murphy
  • Shanaka Sarathchandra

Companion Quarterly Editor
Sarah Fowler

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

Contact us

You can get in touch with our committee at cav@vets.org.nz, or through the NZVA office.