About 700 veterinarians and industry professionals plan to attend, at the Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, following the milk quality conference from June 18-19.
NZVA chief executive Julie Hood says the programme recognises vets’ rapidly changing professional environment. It covers every area of practice – practitioners and nurses, receptionists, practice managers and accountants, scientists, researchers and pharmaceutical suppliers, regulatory veterinarians, academics and students.
Speakers will address key industry issues, provide fresh views on treatment, and offer insight on the business, people and skills management of veterinary practice.
“We are also delighted to have secured two well respected plenary speakers who will discuss veterinary work in its widest concept and help those in the industry enhance their own wellbeing.”
Plenary speaker Dr Stephen Goldson, strategy advisor to the office of the Prime Minister’s scientific advisory committee, will speak on the veterinary profession’s contribution to science and science-informed policy.
Goldson will discuss emerging trends and challenges for science and how it contributes to policy development, and related to this the “exceptionally valuable role” veterinarians play in New Zealand.
Significant collaboration is already occurring in animal health fields, but Goldson says many more opportunities exist for cooperative work between veterinarians and researchers to contribute to and inform public policy.