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NZVA student membership

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is here to support you at every stage of your veterinary career – from your student days to retirement.

We have a special membership for students attending Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science – and it’s completely free!

Join over 3,000 veterinary professionals today


Student events

The NZVA is the largest community of veterinary professionals in Aotearoa New Zealand. We run student events throughout the year so you can network with practising veterinary professionals and learn about new opportunities in the industry. Student members can attend: 

  • VetLaunch: an opportunity for students in their second year of study to learn more about the NZVA and the path to becoming a veterinarian in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Crossroads: an interactive event where third year veterinary students can meet veterinarians working in different fields and learn about the diverse career opportunities that await them after graduation.
  • Prelude to Practice: a seminar to help fifth year veterinary students transition into their new career with talks from recent graduates and NZVA members.
  • In Practice: a chance for new graduates to reflect on their first six months in practice and work through any challenges or concerns with fellow classmates.

Veterinary publications and journals

Stay up to date with the latest news and research about the veterinary profession with our range of publications. Student members get access to the following online publications:

  • VetScript: our bi-monthly magazine celebrating the veterinary profession
  • New Zealand Veterinary Journal: peer-reviewed articles covering all aspects of veterinary science
  • SciQuest: a library of New Zealand and Australian veterinary publications
  • VetNews: our weekly e-newsletter with news and opportunities from the NZVA

Great deals on CPD

As a student member of the NZVA, you’ll enjoy discounts on courses and events to support your education and continuing professional development (CPD).

  • 50% off our biggest event of the year, the NZVA Conference
  • 50% off veterinary courses, workshops and webinars throughout the year
  • Free recordings of past webinars

Networking opportunities

Build your social and professional network before you graduate. Join one of our Regional Networks to connect with veterinary students and professionals in your area, or expand your knowledge through our Special Interest Branches.

Career development

Get ready for life after graduation with resources, support and opportunities to help you thrive in your veterinary career.

  • Check out our jobs and classifieds board to find a veterinary job.
  • Get access to helpful resources for finding your first veterinary job – from writing your CV to assessing your contract.
  • Apply for grants and scholarships from our Special Interest Branches.

Exclusive member discounts

Enjoy exclusive discounts to help you save money in your career and personal life.

  • People3: Get quality, practical HR advice with a free 15-minute consultation
  • MobilCard: Save 11 cents per litre of fuel at Mobil service stations
  • Storbie: Save $200 when setting up a website with Storbie
  • International Veterinary Association membership: Enjoy three months of free membership with the Australian, British or US veterinary associations when working in these countries.
I recommend that veterinarians join NZVA because it’s a great way to engage meaningfully across the whole profession, improving communication and understanding of where we are all at despite the vast array of roles we cover... It’s rewarding to be part of an organisation that unites us and represents us when and where it needs to.

– James Laidlaw

Frequently asked questions

You can join the NZVA if you are:

  • a veterinarian registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ)
  • a retired veterinarian
  • a student attending Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science
  • working in a role related to the veterinary industry (associate membership)

The NZVA contacts students attending Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science each year to offer them free student membership. If you haven't heard from us or you want to join partway through the year, please email

NZVA membership is valid from 1 January to 31 December each year.

Student memberships auto-renew on 1 January.

If you have any questions about membership or want to update your membership category, please email us at

When you join the NZVA (or renew your membership), we’ll ask you to nominate your main work interest and select any Special Interest Branches (SIBs) or Regional Networks (RNs) you want to join. If you want to join a SIB or RN part way through the year, please email us at

Yes, but no refunds will be provided if you cancel your membership part way through the year. To cancel your membership, please email