Consulting skills for rural professionals

VetScholar (NZVA's online learning platform)
Beef Cattle
Dairy Cattle

Successful consulting requires more than technical skills and knowledge sharing. This course is a unique opportunity for veterinarians and other rural professionals working in any animal production environment to strengthen their capability to engage with farmer clients.


This partially tutored course includes an online workbook with resources, followed by two short online workshops. Participants will be able to submit an assignment to be eligible to apply for 5 Massey University credits. Participants can expect to complete 50 hours of activity if they choose to apply for the credits.

Online materials: From Monday 27 June

Assignment due: Friday 19 August

Workshops: Thursday 15 September & Tuesday 6 October.


  • Core consulting concepts
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Identifying client needs
  • Enabling client learning
  • Follow through
  • Establishing and growing a consulting practice

Learning objectives

  • Conduct more productive interactions
  • Understand the techniques required to influence client decision making
  • Identify the enablers to manage operational change
  • Construct a consulting business plan

Learning outcomes

  • Create value as a consultant to farming enterprises
  • Support clients to identify and solve common business issues
  • Become a valued member of your client’s support team
  • Employ techniques to deal with conflict and disagreement
  • Manage and grow your consulting business


Lab Wilson | BVSc MANZVS Cert. Designing and Facilitating Training

Graeme Dixon | BVSc MAppFin MBA


VCNZ recommended area of competence for well-rounded development: Professional identity, critical reasoning and technical skills.

Upon successful completion of course assessments, the participant will be eligible to apply for 5 Massey University credits.


NZVA member: $890 | Non-member: $1780


Access details will be emailed the week before the course is due to start.


Shannon Leader | 04 495 1145 |