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Companion animal NZVA Accredited CPD


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.


Diagnosis and management of otitis in dogs

Improve success in treating this difficult condition with new skills and strategies

  • Dates: 4 July – 29 July 2022
  • Tutor: Leslie Sauber

Read more information on diagnosis and management of otitis in dogs here!

2022 NZVA Conference

Featuring dairy cattle, companion animal, equine, sheep and beef cattle, deer, epidemiology, food safety, animal welfare, biosecurity, complementary medicine, veterinary business

  • Dates: 20-22 June | Location: Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton

Read more information about the conference 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!

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The Webinar Vet: Learn anytime, anywhere

The NZVA has partnered with The Webinar Vet to offer the New Zealand veterinary profession exclusive memberships tailored to the New Zealand environment.

  • Join the largest online veterinary community in the world.
  • 1,500+ webinars | 1,000+ expert speakers

Read more information, and have a look at membership prices 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 the veterinary profession

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 the veterinary profession 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.

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Royal Canin hosted a virtual event to discuss a holistic approach to puppy and kitten health, covering off key topics such as:

  • The key elements of perfect puppy and kitten consultations
  • The importance of nutrition in growth and general health, from in utero, through to their transition onto an adult diet
  • Neutering, including discussion around optimal timing of the procedure, and low stress handling of paedatric patients in hospital
  • Behaviour, including key socialisation periods, management of common puppy and kitten concerns, and knowing when to refer to a behaviourist

To listen to the recording, please click here!

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Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) programme provides high-quality continuing education for practicing veterinarians, delivered by distance learning.

Click here to view the 2022 courses they have on offer, and for more information

File:Nbk logo.jpg - Wikimedia CommonsImprove the care of animals across New Zealand by improved understanding of rehabilitation (specifically regarding arthritis) and clarifying when arthritic patients will receive benefit from the veterinary team collaborating with a qualified physiotherapist.

Please click here for more information on 'Learn how rehabilitation can help arthritis case management'