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About Us

Who we are


Healthy Pets NZ is a registered charity that supports research into improved health and welfare for Kiwi pets. Established by the Companion Animal Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association in 1998, we are a team of volunteer veterinary professionals including veterinarians, researchers, veterinary nurses and educators passionate about outcome focussed research that assists companion animals in New Zealand. 

We raise funds through sponsorships, bequests and donations for outcome focused research that makes a difference to the lives of Kiwi pets and their owners. Over the last 20 years, our research has resulted in new diagnostic and treatment options becoming available to the veterinary profession here. We recently began funding research into the value of pets to society and the human-pet bond. Our research continues to help improve care, results in new and better diagnostic investigation, and explores new treatment options for a range of issues affecting Kiwi pets.

Our researchers seek to publish their results and communicate important findings to the public.

Find out more about our research.


Why is our work important?


Although New Zealand has fewer infectious diseases than many countries, our pets face their own unique health and welfare challenges. While international companion animal research can be extrapolated in some cases, we think it's its important to focus on the issues that matter most to us and our pets here in New Zealand.

There is no government funding to investigate these issues. 

That’s where Healthy Pets New Zealand comes in!


Meet our team.

Want to help? Find out how!