Welcome to the
Veterinary Council
of New Zealand


COVID-19: We are open

The best way to contact us is email. Our phones are operational but we are getting a lot of calls so please try to email if you can. We are working remotely so please don't visit us. There will be some delays in receiving post.

The Code of Professional Conduct covers:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Client Relationships
  • Professional Relationships
  • Professional Integrity
  • Veterinary Services
  • Veterinary Medicines
  • Legislative Requirements
  • Glossary
  • VCNZ Statements
Read the Code

This is what we do

Our role and functions are set out in the Veterinarians Act

All people working as veterinarians in New Zealand must by law (Veterinarians Act 2005) be registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand and hold a current practising certificate.

  • We register vets
  • We make sure they're competent, fit and healthy
  • We make sure they're trained, qualified and up to date
  • We set high standards for the veterinary profession
  • We investigate complaints about vets
  • We are a fair and consistent regulator of veterinary standards.

Updates and news

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As a fair and consistent regulator 
of veterinary standards,

we are for you.