Dr Cath Watson – Chair of Healthy Pets New Zealand and Julie South chat about companion animal research in New Zealand

Dr Cath Watson, BVSc – Companion Animal Veterinarian – has worked in a range of practices, both in here in Godzone Aotearoa New Zealand and in the United Kingdom.   She’s been a locum, an employee, and a business owner.

Right now, Cath’s based in Central Otago but travels the country as a locum. 

The reason Cath and Julie South of VetStaff are talking today is because of Cath’s involvement in Healthy Pets New Zealand – a really special New Zealand research charity.  

In her spare time, Cath has a passion for anything outdoors and loves exploring New Zealand’s back-country by foot, bike, kayak or skis.   

Dr Cath Watson, BVSc

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Healthy Pets New Zealand


Healthy Pets New Zealand

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, Healthy Pets is a team of volunteer veterinary professionals consisting of veterinarians, researchers, veterinary nurses and educators. Each is passionate about outcome focussed research that assists companion animals in New Zealand. 

Fundraising at Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets doesn’t receive any government grants so fundraises through sponsorships, bequests and donations for outcome-focused research. This research makes a difference to the lives of kiwi pets and their owners.

Over the last 20 years, Healthy Pets research has resulted in new diagnostic and treatment options becoming available to the veterinary profession in New Zealand.

They recently began funding research into the value of pets to society and the human-pet bond

Healthy Pets 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.

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

Healthy Pets Research

Research Objectives

  • To promote better public understanding of companion animal welfare, breeding, nutrition, management, health, diseases and performance.
  • To encourage the study and understanding of companion animals in New Zealand.
  • To foster project or welfare work in connection with companion animals.
  • To assist with projects related to advancing the wellbeing of all companion animals.

Healthy Pets New Zealand research.

Vet Clinic Employer of Choice Accreditation

A world first (as far as we can tell) initiative from VetStaff – we’re looking for pilot veterinary clinics to be part of our Beta Launch. 

You know how finding and keeping good veterinary professionals right now is hard… there’s always the fear another clinic is going to poach your star performers…?

Here at VetStaff we’ve designed a programme to help vet clinics – anywhere in the world – recruit and retain their star performers.

Not only does it help you retain the star performers already on your team, it also helps make recruiting easier because as a participating clinic, you’ll receive the VetStaff Seal of Accreditation

Having this Seal instantly identifies your clinic as a VetStaff Employer of Choice.   Because it’s VetStaff polishing your clinic’s halo from the outside and we can back up our claim – it’s not you on the inside beating your chest about how great you are – our third-party endorsement gives your clinic the VetStaff Employer of Choice Accredited tick.   

Right now, we’re launching our pilot programme and if you’d like to be considered as one of our beta clinics, please let me know by sending me an email to julie@vetstaff.co.nz.  

If you want to participate, the process is very simple and totally affordable – it’s less than the cost of an average small bitch spay.  

We’ll ask for some proof of verification – which is easy to get and that’s it!

Easy Peasy! 

Because very few clinics right now are fully staffed, it means most clinics are competing for the same high calibre staff.  Every little thing you can do to identify your clinic as being more attractive to work out, will make a difference. 

If your clinic’s not recognised as a VetStaff Employer of Choice, you’ll miss out to the clinic down the road that is.   

Today, it’s the clinics that are retaining and rewarding their staff in meaningful ways that get to recruit the best staff.   

If you’re not doing this in a way that’s easily recognised and verified, you’ll miss out to those clinics that are.

Being recognised as a VetStaff Employer of Choice Vet Clinic is something to be proud of.   

Imagine having the edge when it comes to recruiting high performers.

Imagine having a waiting list of high performers who want to work at your clinic.   

Because this is what can happen once the word starts to get out that your clinic is an Employer of Choice! Imagine how many headaches you’ll save when it comes to hiring new staff!

VetStaff’s Seals of Participation are a completely independent and recognised way for your clinic to stand out as a Vet Clinic Employer of Choice.

If this sounds like something you’d like for your clinic then email Julie South today to start the ball rolling at your clinic.  And just to clarify – this is designed to help clinics who’re already clients of ours – ones where we’re doing the recruiting AND for those that want to DIY their own recruitment. 

You don’t have to be an existing VetStaff client to participate.   If you want to DIY your own recruitment then this new initiative is perfect for you.   To find out more email julie@vetstaff.co.nz.

VetStaff’s two core beliefs

Everyone and everything we do at VetStaff is underpinned by two core beliefs.  

The first is that we believe all veterinary professionals deserve to work at a vet clinic job of their dreams where they’re respected and valued.  

The second is that all vet clinics deserve to have engaged and motivated employees working for them who love Monday mornings.  

If that sounds like the type of recruitment agency you’d like to work with, then please check us out at vetstaff.co.nz 


Paws Claws Wet Noses at Facebook & Insta:

Please like and follow this podcast at Facebook: Paws Claws & Wet Noses at Facebook {{thanks}}

VetStaff.NZ at Instagram

#ChocolateTuesday podcast listener competition

Subscribe to Enter Exclusive Competitions and Giveaways for Podcast Listeners