Mycoplasma bovis update

There have been quite a few developments over the last week about Mycoplasma bovis. A Waikato dairy farm and a sheep and beef property in Pahiatua have been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis. The properties were identified through the tracing of cattle movements. Like all of the other infected properties, these farms are under […]

Advice for pet rabbit owners after a new strain of calicivirus found

The Ministry of Primary Industry’s announcement that a new strain of rabbit calicivirus (RHDV2) has been detected in a wild rabbit in Marlborough is worrying for pet rabbit owners. While this strain has only been detected in one location, it is possible that RHDV2 is more widespread in New Zealand, but hasn’t yet been found […]

Letter from Mongolia

VetScript pick – May 2018 Veterinary nurse Katey Freeman recounts the trip of a lifetime, helping with efforts to save the wild Przewalski horses of Mongolia. Having fancied Mongolia for a few years and envisaging miles of uninhabited scenery and amazing wildlife, I enlisted with an organisation that arranges eco-volunteer work placements and arranged to […]

Keeping an open mind

VetScript Editor’s pick – May 2018 A rural King Country upbringing gave Kate Griffiths a passion for sheep and beef, before a generous and knowledgeable mentor pricked her interest in another species: deer. Mirjam Guesgen talks to the scientist-in-residence who heads Massey’s Deer Research Unit. Ever since she was a child helping her dad to […]

BOP Flood: Advice for farmers and pet owners in flooded areas

IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 111   Advice for farmers and pet owners in flooded areas During a flood or storm: The safety of you, your family, and workers comes first.   Listen to your local radio stations for updates from officials.   Move stock to safety, shelter and water and make sure they can’t wander. […]

Why #WeLoveOurVet

To celebrate World Veterinary Day on Saturday 28 April we asked people to share the reasons why they love their vet using the hashtag #WeLoveOurVet. We also asked our wonderful veterinarians to talk about why they love being a veterinarian. Thank you to those who shared their stories with us. Source: The New Zealand Veterinary […]

World Veterinary Day

Tomorrow is World Veterinary Day. On this day the New Zealand Veterinary Association is celebrating New Zealand’s wonderful veterinary profession. There are 2914 practicing veterinarians in New Zealand. Together they care for the estimated 1.5 million fish, 1.1 million cats, more than 700,000 dogs and over half a million birds kept as pets in this […]

NZVA hopes for change to Dog Control Act 1996

Source: NZ Veterinary Association — The New Zealand Veterinary Association applauds the decision by the Christchurch City Council to reverse their statement calling for menacing dogs to be muzzled inside their properties. The council has since clarified with owners that dogs classified as menacing do not need to be muzzled when they are inside their […]

Flex yourself

VetScript Editor’s pick – April 2018 Veterinary practices are finding they need to provide more flexible working conditions to retain and manage staff. But with the demand for veterinary services also growing, it can be a difficult juggling act, reports Jacqui Gibson. Veterinary clinics throughout New Zealand are experimenting with more flexible ways of retaining […]

Getting down to business

VetScript Editor’s pick – April 2018 New veterinary graduates are often criticised for lacking business sense, but entrepreneurial Massey students have established a group devoted to improving their business competency. Mirjam Guesgen reports. Fifth-year veterinary student Billy Fitzgerald knew early on in his degree that he wanted to do more than practise veterinary medicine – […]