Role of the Allied Veterinary Professional Regulatory Council
The role of the AVPRC is to establish standards and procedures that support self-regulation of allied veterinary professionals in New Zealand.
The goals of the AVPRC are to provide voluntary guidelines for educational and practicing standards in order to protect animal welfare, and the public interest, by ensuring that allied veterinary professionals (AVPs) are fit to practice.
We do this by promoting professional and educational standards and producing voluntary guidelines, including:
We also conduct self-regulatory processes including:
In December 2014 the NZVNA Executive Committee appointed the Allied Veterinary Professional Regulatory Council (AVPRC) tasked with initiating the move toward professional regulation of Allied Veterinary Professionals*.
The AVPRC has been given autonomy for operative governance within the NZVNA constitution to ensure minimal conflict of interest between the representative and regulatory branches of the organisation.
The Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) has extended full support and assistance to the AVPRC to help establish infrastructure in line with policies and procedures of the VCNZ, with a goal toward ultimately achieving a combined Veterinary Regulatory Council that ensures collaboration and coherence of all professionals working within the veterinary industry in New Zealand. The AVPRC Chair, Jennifer Hamlin sits as an observer at VCNZ meetings and is also a member of the VCNZ Professional Standards Committee.
The AVPRC will be governed and funded as a working group of the NZVNA until such time as the Veterinary Act is amended through legislative change. Until that time, we foresee the AVPRC will function in a manner similar to the VCNZ.
Additional support has been expressed by the New Zealand Veterinary Association and the New Zealand Companion Animal Council.
There is currently a main executive council and two sub committees, as well as a registrar and administrative support persons.
Jennifer Hamlin (VN) Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Hutt (VN) NZVNA Representative
Catherine Rice (VN) Academic Adviser
Julie Jacques (VN/LLB) Legal Adviser
Tim Scotland (VET) LAVT Representative
Ruby Hinton (LAY) Industry
Kathy Airns (VN) Clinical Adviser
Adrienne Dodge (LAY) Secretary
Educational Standards Committee (ESC) - The ESC makes recommendations to Council on issues such as the development and maintenance of minimum standards for veterinary nursing qualifications, international cross-mapping with countries such as the UK and North America, standards for recognition of international AVP qualifications, and voluntary accreditation guidelines for providers of veterinary nursing (and related) education in NZ.
Francesca Brown (VET) Chair
Hayley Squance (VT) Academic
Lisa English (VN) Academic/Specialty
Ali Maw (VET) Academic/Large Animal
Justine Britton (LAVT) Clinical/Large Animal
Steph MacPherson (VN) Clinical Small Animal
Professional Standards Committee (PSC) – The PSC makes recommendations to Council on issues such as the maintenance and development of professional standards, continuing professional development (CPD) requirements, and development and maintenance of the Code of Professional Conduct.
Patricia Gleason (VN) Chair
Catherine Rice (VN) Academic
Julie Jacques (VN) Clinical/Legal
Kathy Airns (VN) Clinical
Sarah Bray (VN) Industry
Ian Ross (VET) Clinical
Members of all committees are currently appointed, as per constitutional guidelines, but it is envisaged that there will be voted members added in the near future.