Disease eradication versus control

Is there a silver lining to New Zealand?s Mycoplasma bovis outbreak? Carl Eden, General Manager, Commercial, and Christoph Egli, Bovine Product Line Manager, of IDEXX Laboratories, argue that the Mycoplasma bovis crisis provides an opportunity to hone our response to other animal diseases, including BVD. Introduction New Zealand has an admirable and ongoing record when […]

Before you purchase fireworks, think about the animals

Guy Fawkes is coming up (5 November). Before you purchase fireworks, think about the animals. The NZVA supports a ban on the private sale of fireworks. To reduce the impact of fireworks on animals the NZVA encourages people to view a public fireworks display rather than purchasing fireworks for private use. We also encourage the […]

Mycoplasma bovis update: 15 October

In this update: The current situation. Advice for farmers buying, selling or moving weaned calves to grazing. Help find unregistered tag numbers. The calf rearer survey. Update on bulk milk testing. ELISA test for Mycoplasma bovis do not react to pink-eye antibody. M. bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group Workshop. PM sets out recovery package and […]

Future focused

VetScript Editor’s pick: October 2018 All business owners should think about succession planning, but few do. Matt Philp gets tips for you to get started. When it comes to succession planning, Margie Murray is very much the exception that proves the rule. The Practice Manager at Mosgiel-based Murrays Veterinary Clinic has been actively discussing the […]

Donate your veterinary books

The Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA) run a book programme where books can be donated by veterinarians in New Zealand and Australia to distribute to graduate veterinarians (for free) in the Association?s member countries. The programme is coordinated by Dr Jim Connah in Hobart, Australia with a sub-depots at the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) in […]

Wanted: Senior Communications Advisor

Permanent/Full-time (40 hours a week) Wellington-based Applications Close: 23 October 2018, 12pm. Do you want to use all your skills and experience and do your best work every day for a good cause? The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) and Healthy Pets NZ (a charitable trust) have combined forces to create a dream job for […]

Watch for rips

VetScript Editor’s Pick – October 2018 Bette Flagler talks with Vicki Lim, the student behind The Riptide Project, a veterinary mental health social media initiative. For more information go to www.facebook.com/theriptideproj or www.theriptideproject.com, where you can sign up for a Cuppa. Once Massey University fifth-year veterinary student Vicki Lim took a surfing lesson. ?It was […]

Hog heaven

VetScript Editor’s pick – October 2018 Animal scientist Kirsty Chidgey?s obsession with pigs began at Massey University and included a period breeding rare types for sale and eating. Two years ago she completed a PhD study investigating the relative merits of farrowing crates versus farrowing pens. It?s highly topical ? and, in its conclusion, potentially […]

Cracking down on cartels

This article is the first in a five-part series from the Commerce Commission addressing anticompetitive conduct. Next month we will outline how businesses can break Commerce Act laws by bid-rigging, and describe the red flags that suggest this conduct is occurring. With cartels continuing to be an issue in New Zealand, the Commerce Commission is […]

Chief executive of New Zealand Veterinary Association announces resignation

Mark Ward today announced his resignation as chief executive of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) after almost two years in the role. Mark will be leaving the NZVA on 1 November to take up the next exciting step in a career highlighted by extensive leadership and business experience in the New Zealand food and […]