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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.

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Webinar Series

Increase your knowledge across a number of topical issues.

  • Webinar Series
  • Dates: 15 April, 29 April and 13 May 2021, 7pm
  • Expert speakers: Holger Volk | Mike Lappin | Linda Fleeman

Read more information and register for Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Webinar Series here

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Solving common veterinary problems in lifestyle block animals

Improve your confidence during the handling, examination and treatment of animals commonly found on lifestyle blocks.

  • Online course: 7 - 27 June
  • Tutors: Cristin Dwyer, Naya Brangenberg, Michelle Logan

Read more information and register for Common veterinary problems in life style blocks here!

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Management of the itchy dog… So many choices! Where do I start?

Increase your confidence diagnosing and treating Canine Atopic Dermatitis

  • Online course: From 20 September
  • Tutor: Leslie Sauber

Read more information and register for The management of the itchy dog here!

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Companion animal dentistry

Online course followed by a 1-day practical workshop

  • Dates: Online - 20 September | Workshop - 15 - 16 October
  • Tutors: Craig Hunger and Tony Caifer

Read more information and register for Companion animal dentistry here!

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November NZVA and NZVNA conference

Featuring dairy cattle, companion animal, wildlife, epidemiology, food safety, animal welfare, biosecurity, complementary medicine, large animal veterinary technicians and companion animal nursing streams.

  • Dates: 18–20 November 2021 | Location: Te Pae Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre

Read more information 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!


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

Family on a hill

Wellbeing and resilience for veterinary professionals

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 veterinary professionals 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!

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.

Join ROYAL CANIN for a FREE webinar around large breed puppy nutrition to understand the importance of prioritising appropriate feeding during the developmental stage, as well as answers to the common questions from your clients to best support the conversation of nutrition during your puppy consultations.

More information about Large breed puppy nutrition - fact or fiction

Veterinary Behaviourist Dr. Jacqui Ley will join us for an informative webinar for the 101 on behavioural consultations in everyday practice. As responsible pet ownership is at the forefront of discussions across Australia and New Zealand, it will be important to balance containment of our pets, and the impact on their mental wellbeing. Join us to find out more about common indoor cat behavioural problems and how to approach them.

Click here for more information on Common behavioural consultations in every day practice


You have just told the client you have heard a heart murmur… Now what? Join us with Veterinary Cardiology Specialist Dr. Fiona Meyers as she gives you the foundations to cardiac patient management. She will cover the most recent guidelines around staging and interventions including medications and nutrition. 

Click here for more information about: What to do when you hear a murmur?


While gastrointestinal invovlement is one of the top three diagnoses made in the consult room, it is not such a simple solution. Not all treatments are created equal. Join us for this FREE webinar with Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Craig Webb as he covers two of the most common pathologies in general practice: Cronic Enteropathies in dogs including IBD and Megacolon in cats. 

Click here for more information on what do dog intestines and cat colons have in common? Not Much!


Join Dr. Nick Cave as he provides sound tips and techniques for when and how to intervene with assisted feeding of your hospitalised and critical care patients. We will discuss options for assisted feeding and how to develop best practice nutritional plans for your patients. Additional resources will be shared for ongoing support and confidence in providing care for these fragile cases.

For more information, click here!