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NZVA accepts live export ban is consistent with animal welfare science

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is not surprised by the government’s decision to ban live exports by sea and believes the two- year transition period is pragmatic for businesses in the sector.

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Live exports

Many of you will be aware of the government’s announcement to ban exports of livestock by sea. The NZVA’s member-consulted policy statement on Live Exports is that;

“The New Zealand Veterinary Association opposes the export of any live animal unless, throughout the lifetime of the animal, its welfare is adequately managed according to the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.”

The Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Damien O’Connor, indicated in his announcement that the Ministry for Primary Industries cannot guarantee for our animals’ welfare during shipments, and this has driven the decision to disestablish livestock export by sea.

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Veterinary shortage update: Australian veterinarians

Immigration NZ have now confirmed that Australian citizens and permanent residents can now visit, work and live in New Zealand without obtaining a visa before travelling to New Zealand.

The above means that there are no visa requirements for Australian veterinarians wanting to work in New Zealand.

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1972 Reunion

A good turnout of 35 people enjoyed a memorable reunion at the end of March in Whanganui which was organised by Dave and Lorraine Taylor.

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1964/65 Reunion

Last month, a reunion of the veterinary students’ intake of 1964 and 1965 took place.

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CAV Annual Service Award nominations now open!

Your CAV executive committee invites you to nominate a deserving CAV member for this year’s CAV Annual Service Award.

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Grazing Gazette - a call for contributions

Do you have a clinical case to share, results of trials, or comment on a topic of interest that would be a good contribution to the Grazing Gazette - our Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians' newsletter?

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NZVA consultation – feedback required!

The entire membership will now be asked for feedback on proposed NZVA Policies, Position Statements and Standards. This will be achieved using Member Technical Notes/ briefing papers and online surveys.

The NZVA policy framework is also currently undergoing an extensive review. The aims of the review are to ensure that our positioning on issues that affect the veterinary profession are proactive rather than reactive, and to streamline our current portfolio of policy documents. It is anticipated that this review and the required member consultations will take around two years to complete.

The first NZVA consultation under the new consultation process and policy framework is on the proposed Standard for Working with Non-veterinarians. Provide your feedback on this briefing paper by completing the online survey by Monday 19 April.

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Have your say, and support the Rural Support Trust

Can all farmers access the advice and support they need to be productive and sustainable?

As a specialist who provides advice to those in the primary sector, you are invited by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to share your thoughts regarding the current and future needs of the primary sector advisory system.

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Urgent notification regarding data privacy

We have been contacted by some members concerned that their private contact details have been shared on a public website. We are confident that the information has not originated from our confidential database i.e. the NZVA database has not been hacked. The NZVA IT team is continuing to investigate and we will keep you informed of any updates.

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