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Companion animal veterinarians service a huge variety of species from dogs and cats to a multitude of exotic creatures.

Like all areas of veterinary practice, expertise in the companion animal sector is always changing and adapting as new scientific studies are undertaken.

The NZVA have created a selection of courses which will be of value to companion animal veterinarians at different stages of their career. You can select from one of the NZVA courses listed below to update, improve or extend your companion animal practice or check out our CPD calendar to view an extensive selection of CPD offered by other providers.

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Management of the itchy dog… So many choices! Where do I start?

Increase your confidence diagnosing and treating Canine Atopic Dermatitis

  • Online course: From 20 September
  • Tutor: Leslie Sauber

Read more information and register for The management of the itchy dog here!

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Get your teeth into best practice dentistry

Online course followed by a 1-day practical workshop

  • Dates: Online: 20 September | Workshop: 15 - 16 October
  • Tutors: Craig Hunger and Tony Caiafa

Read more information and register for Get your teeth into best practice dentistry here!


Professional skills for veterinary teams

Learn techniques that promote team and workplace effectiveness, and develop your own workplace wellness plan.

  • Start online course now!
  • Free for NZVA members | $400 for non-members
  • Tutor: Michael Meehan

Read more information and register for professional skills for veterinary teams here!


Veterinary refresher scheme

A self-directed course for veterinarians returning to companion animal practice.

  • Online
  • Start now!
  • Authors: Sandra Forsyth | Kate Hill | Andrew Worth

Read more information and register for the veterinary refresher scheme here

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Wellbeing and resilience for veterinary professionals

Fundamental skills required to thrive in the complex veterinary environment.

  • Start online course now!
  • Free for NZVA members | $100 for non-members
  • Tutor: Belinda Noyes

Read more information and register for wellbeing and resilience for veterinary professionals here

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Landmark Purina Institute study: pivotal step towards reducing cat allergens

  • Online
  • Recording now available!
  • Speakers: Craig Ruaux | David Thomas | Michael Zajac

Watch the recording here!

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Webinar Series

Increase your knowledge on epilepsy, probiotics and water intake.

  • Expert speakers: Holger Volk | Mike Lappin | Linda Fleeman
  • Watch the recorded webinar series for free!

Register to watch the recorded Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Webinar Series here!

Externally provided NZVA Accredited CPD

To help veterinarians identify high quality CPD, the NZVA, in consultation with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ), has implemented an accreditation “tick” for CPD activities.

Listed below are CPD activities that meet the requirements for NZVA CPD accreditation and are provided by organisations external to the NZVA. Please contact the individual providers for specific information about each CPD activity.

For more information about NZVA CPD accreditation please visit the NZVA CPD accreditation application page.

Ensure cats with chronic pain are recognised and receive the treatment they need and deserve.

This webinar is sponsored by Zoetis.

For more information about the Feline Chronic Pain webinar, please click here!


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Join us for an evening where Dr Linda Fleeman from Animal Diabetes Australia will take us through maximising diabetic control in difficult canine cases including:

  • Glucose monitoring: Does Somogyi exist? How to recognise and manage glycaemic variability.
  • Reliable methods of home monitoring for pet owners.

Be a responsible cat owner

The 2021 Companion Animals New Zealand Conference will be held at the Atura Hotel, Wellington on 28 October (full day) and 29 October (half day workshop).

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the concept of a Good Life for animals, a principle that looks beyond 5 Freedoms and 5 Domains.
  • Learn how to identify positive emotions in animals.
  • Discover practical ways to provide a good life to animals.

For more information on the CANZ Conference, please click here!