2024 NZVA Award winners announced

Published on 22 March 2024.

Each year, The New Zealand Veterinary Association Te Pae Kīrehe (NZVA) recognises significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to our veterinary community through our prestigious NZVA Awards.

We are delighted to announce the NZVA Awards winners for 2024! 

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Award - The Poultry Industry

The Poultry Industry has been awarded the 2024 AMR Award for its commitment to addressing the challenge of AMR. This commitment is evident in the remarkable reduction of zinc bacitracin (ZB) usage, which has been a major contributor to overall antimicrobial use in the past.

Environmental Sustainability Award - Rebecca (Becks) Smith 

Becks has received the 2024 Environmental Sustainability Award following her dedication to promoting holistic sustainability in agriculture through her company, The Whole Story. From establishing The Whole Story as a B-corp certified social enterprise to offering a wide range of services aimed at enhancing farm sustainability, these efforts have undoubtedly made a significant difference in advancing environmental stewardship in our community.

Veterinary Impact Award - Bill Bishop 

Bill receives the 2024 Veterinary Impact Award for the significant positive impact he has made in the veterinary profession. Over the years, Bill has worked as an equine surgery specialist, served as President of the Equine Branch of the NZVA, and been awarded the Brian Goulden Award in 2015. Bill has been instrumental in securing funding and organisation of the national fleet of horse ambulances which are a huge asset to the racing and equine sport industry.
Young Veterinarian Award - Emma Poole 

Emma has been awarded the 2024 Young Veterinarian Award following her success in winning the Young farmer Of The Year Award in 2023.  Emma was the first woman and only the second veterinarian to win the title. Emma has worked with DairyNZ and Fonterra to promote animal health matters and sustainability targets to veterinarians.  She displays enthusiasm and passion for her profession and her role, all while being a mum, dairy farmer and calf rearer.

Congratulations to all our worthy recipients. Full profiles on our Award winners will be published in a future issue of VetScript. The Awards will be presented at the NZVA Gala Dinner in Christchurch on Thursday 20 June 2024.