Wildlife Society

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Wildlife Society Branch


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.

We do this by:

  • Assisting in the veterinary management of New Zealand native wildlife through the sharing of general and technical information
  • Producing the technical publication Kokako and a newsletter three times per year
  • Running a Google discussion group
  • Holding an annual conference to share ideas and encourage conservation of threatened species


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.


Sam Lee

Melanie Leech

Harry Taylor

Immediate Past President
Kate McInnes


  • Kelly Buckle
  • Pauline Howard
  • Kerri Morgan
  • Marie Potthoff
  • Margaret Gater

Kokako Editor
Paul Prosee

2022 Conference

NZVA Wildlife Conference – Te Anau – Gateway to Fiordland

Venue: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Dates: 25-27 November 2022

We are excited to announce Te Anau as the location for this year’s wildlife conference. Local talks will focus on conservation issues in the Fiordland Region, and there will be the usual great range of member talks. There will also be two field trip options and workshops (details to follow). We look forward to seeing you there!

More about Te Anau: The picturesque township of Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park. Home to a wide range of accommodation and restaurant options, Te Anau is the perfect place to stay when visiting Milford Sound as well as the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks. Apart from hiking, popular local activities include scenic flights, lake cruising, fishing, kayaking and exploring the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. There’s also a bird sanctuary with excellent native bird displays including Takahe.

Regularly scheduled bus services link Te Anau to Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin.

More information coming soon.

Contact us

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