President’s Message

2016 is off and running and will no doubt be another busy year. We start the new year with new Executive Officers, a new website and communication approach and a new partner in Vets Beyond Borders. This new relationship has been sealed with a cooperation MOU and this will offer new and exciting opportunities for both organisations.

Dr Rahman also met on our behalf with the President of WSAVA in Melbourne in December to discuss similar cooperation arrangements and the proposal to develop a formal MOU will soon be discussed by the WSAVA Board.

As we look to new partners and opportunities, I intend to undertake a strategic planning process with the Executive Officers and Regional Representatives out of session. We need to continue to be visible and relevant and use our extensive expertise and the skills and resources of partner organisations to deliver continuing professional development. This includes work in the livestock sector as well as new courses and opportunities in important areas such as small animals.

However, to be successful, we must be financially viable and sustainable. We have delayed sending our invoices for Membership subscriptions until we complete the process of transferring the CVA bank account to New Zealand to be managed by our new Treasurer, Dr Deborah Kirton. We ask all Councillors to progress payment within their respective national veterinary associations. We have established Paypal to assist payments and also to assist donations to various activities and programs.

Please assist our hard working Programme Manager, Dr Jeff Cave by sending him photos and stories from your region.

Best wishes


Dr Peter Thornber

President, CVA