Webinar: Current insights in veterinarians’ psychological wellbeing: where to from here?

30 Sep 2021,07:30 pm

The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) are hosting an on-line New Zealand Network presentation:

Topic: Current insights in veterinarians’ psychological wellbeing: where to from here?

Presenters: Dr Fiona Moir and Dr Renske van den Brink

Date: Thursday 30th September 2021.

Time: 7.30 pm NZST

Where: via zoom

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Cost: Free for All ANZCVS members and non-members

As wellbeing is such an important topic for the entire profession the ANZCVS NZ network committee would like to extend the invitation to all veterinarians free of charge.

About the presentation

Fiona and Renske are both medical doctors who work in the medical profession’s wellbeing space. They have contributed to the veterinary profession’s issue on mental health and wellbeing in several different ways in collaboration with the ANZCVS, VCNZ and NZVA over the last few years. They have provided face to face presentations, webinar series, Balint groups (a group method of training doctors and veterinarians in the doctor/veterinarian -patient relationship, developed by Michael Balint in 1945.) and, in 2019, a peer reviewed NZVJ paper “Current insights in veterinarians’ psychological wellbeing”. They have recently assisted with the development of the NZ Veterinary Teams Wellbeing Framework. This presentation builds on some of the work that has been done in the veterinary wellbeing space, drawing out some key points, and looks at were to from here.

Speaker Biographies

Dr Fiona Moir MBChB, MRCGP, PhD
Fiona trained as a doctor in the UK and went on to work as a GP in Britain and New Zealand. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland where she specialises in student and practitioner wellbeing, workplace wellness, mental health and communication skills. She is Chair of the Pastoral Care Committee for the Medical Programme and lead for The Health and Wellbeing curriculum at the medical school in Auckland. As a partner in Connect Communications, an education business teaching self-care, stress management, burnout prevention, supervision skills and communication skills, she is involved in teaching medical professionals around the country.

Dr Renske van den Brink MBChB DipObs FPC FRNZCGP DipCouns MNZAC PGDipMindBody
Renske graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1990 and has spent most of her medical career in general practice. Renske’s Diploma in Counselling using the Psychosynthesis model supports her work as a Counsellor and MindBody therapist in her private practice and she is an accredited Balint group leader. She is also a partner in Connect Communications

April 2021 - New Zealand Network Meeting

The George Christchurch, 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central City.
08 Apr 2021,07:30 pm - 09:30 pm

The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) will be hosting an in-person New Zealand Network meeting in Christchurch for ANZCVS members on Thursday 8 April. This is a great opportunity to meet and socialise with Kiwi ANZCVS members. Nibbles will be provided and alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase at the bar (cash/eftpos payment options).

Live-stream and video recording will be available online for those who cannot attend in person. Non-members are also welcome (a small charge will be made for non-members to attend). A zoom link for those attending online will be provided closer to the time.

Dr William Rolleston MB, Ch B, CNZM, Production Director, South Pacific Sera
Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin BA, PhD, FRSNZ, Founding Director Disease Research Ltd

Topic: Veterinary Vaccines: Current Innovations and Future Trends.

Cost: FREE for ANZCVS New Zealand Network members, $15 for non-members

To attend online or in-person, please register here:

November 2020 - New Zealand Network Event

Wellington Medical Assurance Society (MAS) Level 4, PwC Centre, 10 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
19 Nov 2020,06:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Our first in-person New Zealand Network event will be held on 19 November in Wellington (further details below).

ANZCVS Honorary Fellow, Distinguished Professor Nigel French, and public health physician Professor Michael Baker will be speaking at this event on their experiences in the Covid-19 New Zealand response.

This will also be a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other New Zealand ANZCVS members. 

We are aiming to live-stream and video record the talks online for those who cannot attend in person. 

This event will be free for both members and non-members of the New Zealand Network.



Date:                        Thursday 19 November 2020

Time:                        6.30pm (NZDT) talks and online streaming will run between 7.00pm – 8.15pm  (NZDT)

Venue:                     Wellington Medical Assurance Society (MAS) Level 3, PwC Centre
                                 10 Waterloo Quay, Wellington

Who can attend:      As this is the inaugural ANZCVS New Zealand Network meeting,  all members and non-members are welcome to attend at no charge.

Cost:                        No charge 

Zoom link:               For those unable to attend in person, pre-register to attend by Zoom here:

RSVP:                      For catering purposes, please RSVP if you would like to attend in person                                   to: by 3rd November.



Speakers:                1.  Professor Nigel French; ANZCVS Honorary Fellow
                                      Distinguished Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health, Massey University

                                 2.  Professor Michael Baker; Public Health Physician and
                                      Professor of Public Health, Otago University

Topic:                      “The New Zealand Covid-19 response ... through the eyes of a veterinarian and a public health physician

                6.30pm      Light refreshments, mix and mingle

  7.00pm      Introduction by Wayne Ricketts and MAS

  7.15pm      Presentation by Professor Nigel French (including question time)

  7.50pm      Presentation by Professor Michael Baker (including question time)

  8.30pm      Mix and mingle

  9.00pm      End of event