COVID-19 Update

19 March 2020

Dear Members, Fellows, Examiners and Candidates

The safety and wellbeing of our candidates and examiners is always our most important priority.  We are highly committed to providing examinations for Fellowship and Membership candidates this year, provided we can do so within the necessary limitations imposed to ensure the safety of candidates and examiners, and compliance with government regulations and medical recommendations. 

We are exploring all avenues to achieve this, so there may be changes to timing and venues as we work through the logistics to ensure the safe delivery of examinations best. The situation is evolving rapidly, so plans have to develop accordingly.

Unfortunately, this means that in some cases, we have already identified some examinations which cannot be delivered while satisfying those requirements. This is the situation with Membership in Medicine of Cats (UK), which is offered every alternate year in the United Kingdom and was due to be undertaken in 2020. Due to the logistics of COVID-19 in the UK and Europe, we are unable to secure examination venues at this current time that will keep our candidates and examiners safe. Regrettably, we are postponing this Membership exam. Instead, this exam will be offered in 2021. Affected candidates have been notified directly.

At this stage, we anticipate that international travel may not be practicable or desirable, so current planning is to deliver examinations in the country in which the candidate resides, where feasible. As we have candidates enrolled from all around the world, some countries may not have suitable venues. In these cases, we will notify affected candidates directly as soon as possible.

We are doing everything possible to allow Fellowship examinations to proceed as scheduled. We may need to change timing or venues and will notify affected candidates as soon as possible.

We are continuing to explore all avenues to be able to deliver Membership examinations. This is a more complex situation given the more significant number of candidates and the spread of candidates across multiple countries. There will likely be some modifications, for instance, timing, to cater for the travel challenges and availabilities that local and international candidates may face.

If you are a candidate whose examinations may be altered, you will receive specific correspondence about your exams. All candidates will be notified regularly as further updates come to hand.

Thank you to College Members who have pledged their support, such as their services as invigilators, for the examinations to proceed. In these unprecedented times, the strength of the College community is shining through.


Yours sincerely,

Dr Carolyn Guy
ANZCVS Chief Examiner




18 March 2020


Dear Members, Fellows, Examiners and Candidates


The social, economic, political and environmental situation concerning COVID-19 is rapidly changing.  ANZCVS Council has been meeting regularly for briefings about the situation and the likely impacts to our two major events, Science Week 2020 and Examinations.

Science Week

At an urgent Council meeting this week, we decided to cancel Science Week 2020. This means the traditional forum of multidisciplinary streams meeting at one location - The Star, Gold Coast, will not go ahead on 9, 10 and 11 July. The cancellation includes pre-conference days.

It is with sadness that we cancel an event that is at the heart of the ANZCVS calendar. Given the current upheaval in our society concerning COVID-19, delivering a quality, cutting-edge conference will be compromised. We are investigating alternatives, including whether we can deliver the conference digitally to bring members together. 

Council understands that these decisions are difficult. As someone who has attended Science Week and exams for the best part of 16 years, I particularly feel sadness that the Science Week meeting - our community fabric, cannot proceed this year. In keeping the health interests of our members and candidates as the most important priority, I hope you will understand too. 


Council and the Board of Examiners are continuing to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on examinations and will update Members and candidates as soon as any decisions have been made. For further queries, please contact Robyn Pettigrew at

If you have feedback or questions, please get in touch with the office via or phone +61 7 3423 2016.


Yours sincerely,

Dr Zoe Lenard
ANZCVS President




16 March 2020


ANZCVS Council are monitoring updates and advice from government authorities regarding COVID-19.  We are aware the situation is rapidly evolving and new information is being delivered daily.

Council will be meeting frequently to discuss new advice delivered and will update Members and examinations candidates when decisions have been made.

We understand that this time of uncertainty can be stressful and we will be working swiftly to update Members, examination candidates and all stakeholders regarding the impact of COVID-19 on College activities as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office should you wish to discuss matters further.



11 March 2020


The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists is carefully monitoring travel and public health policies relating to the current COVID-19 (SARS-Cov-2) outbreak. We are aware that this is a rapidly evolving situation.


Given the present situation and the information we have to date, the College will be proceeding with 2020 Membership and Fellowship examinations along with Science Week.


Any changes to examination delivery or Science Week will be communicated directly with all stakeholders.


Ensuring the safety of candidates, examiners, delegates, speakers, industry, College staff and all stakeholders is of utmost importance to us.


We will continue to keep Members and stakeholders updated of the situation and any changes as they come to hand. Please also stay tuned to this web page for updates.


Should you have any further concerns or questions, please contact College Manager, Mary Anne Hiscutt at