NZVA positions and resources

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NZVA positions and resources

This section of the website is a hub of information on our policies, position statements, guidelines and resources for veterinary professionals, our members, the public and our partners.

There is loads of information, some of which is available to our members only. If you are not a member, you will not be able to access those sections.

The NZVA’s overarching Animal Welfare Strategy details the Association’s strategy - this is currently (2020) being updated and will be shared with members once it is finalised.

If you need more information on a particular topic or think you should be able to access something, contact And, if you want to contribute something to be added to this section of the website, or would like to advise us of a change that is required, please also get in touch with the team.

Policies, position statements and guidelines

Our policies, guidelines and position statements are backed by science. They outline our agreed principles and provide a platform from which the Association can advocate for the profession to influence legislation, educate our members and the public and more.

Our Standards Committee and Chief Veterinary Officer lead the development, with input from our branches and members, and in consultation with key stakeholders. Members can see our process for consultation as outlined in the CVO column in April’s VetScript.

In 2020, the veterinary team has initiated a review of the Standards Framework. While this is being undertaken, no review is being undertaken on current policies, position statement or other supporting resources.

Species-specific policies

Our species-specific policies can be found on their relevant page listed below, along with other helpful resources that are specific to that species.

Please note, that you will need to be an NZVA member and logged into the website to gain access to these policies.

General welfare polices and position statements - all species

Veterinary medicines and professional behaviour

General resources for all species