The New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association was set up in 1992 to promote the profession of veterinary nursing in New Zealand.  Having grown from small beginnings, the Association now has over 1300 members in practices throughout the country and a number of overseas members, all of whom regularly are kept in touch with veterinary nursing issues through our online newsletters, quarterly journal and an annual conference and regional meetings.
The Aims and Objectives of the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association are:
  • To foster and promote the highest standards of veterinary nursing;
  • To foster and promote the interests and status of qualified veterinary nursing staff, trainee veterinary nursing staff,and lay staff in the employment of members of the veterinary profession;
  • To provide advice and assistance where feasible to those persons mentioned in the above point;
  • To provide help and advice to persons wishing to make veterinary nursing their career;
  • To keep a record of members;
  • To take part in other activities relevant to the practice of veterinary nursing


Issues the NZVNA deals with:
  • Training and continuing education
  • Improving health and safety within practices
  • A Constitution, outlining the legal requirements of the Association
  • A Guide to Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses
  • An annual Conference
  • Providing a collective and effective voice for veterinary nurses in New Zealand

NZVNA seeks to govern, promote, represent and guide the Veterinary Nursing profession of New Zealand in a professional and ethical manner


Browse through the menu below to see an overview of the Association and read about the NZVNA Council members'

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There is also a page for Industry,  If you would like the opportunity to sponsor NZVNA or have a continuing education course that you would like assessed for CPD points, please refer to the Industry page for further details