Left to right: Amy Ross, Julie Hutt, Fiona Hastie, Jen Hamlin, Christina Jenkins, Kathy Waugh, Laura Harvey, Lauren Prior, Lyn Hobbs, Antoinette Ratcliffe, Robyn Taylor, Luanne Corles.
Meet the New Zealand Veterinary Nurse Association (NZVNA). The NZVNA became the first veterinary nursing association to join the WSAVA in 2014. It represents the country’s veterinary nurses, technicians and technologists. Antoinette Ratcliffe, journal editor at the NZVNA, tells us more:
Could you introduce NZVNA briefly to our members?
We provide advice, CPD, counselling, networking, a quarterly journal and other services to our members. We also represent them on other committees including the International Veterinary Nurses and Technicians Association, the Education Standards Committee, New Zealand Companion Animal Health Foundation, Professional Standards Committee and the New Zealand Companion Animal Council.
How many members do you have and what is your mission?
We have 1,150 members – a number which has doubled over the past two years with the introduction of voluntary registration for members who have achieved their CE points.
We serve and represent members of the Allied Veterinary Health Community (AVHC) to protect, promote and advance clinical excellence. We advocate for increased recognition of veterinary nurses, technicians and technologists through professional advancement, while improving animal and human health to meet the needs of society. Our mission is to uphold a strong veterinary community by leading the AVHC through education, ethical governance, and support of representation and engagement of all AVHC professionals.