Veterinarian (Companion Animal) Dr Liza Schneider of award winning Holistic Vets in Tauranga (NZ) shares her journey towards Vet Clinic Sustainability

This is the second episode in the series about Vet Clinic Sustainability

Veterinarian Dr Liza Schneider: leading authority in holistic animal healthcare in New Zealand

Dr Liza Schneider – award winning Companion Animal Veterinarian – preeminent leader in holistic animal healthcare in New Zealand

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Holistic Vets – award winning companion animal vet clinic

In 2003 Liza established – what is today – award-winning Holistic Vets in Tauranga – located in New Zealand’s spectacular Bay of Plenty region.  

Holistic Vets is a fully integrated veterinary practice combining conventional veterinary medicine and surgery with complementary therapies.   This was the first of its kind in New Zealand. 

Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre

Liza is also the founding trustee of ARRC Wildlife Trust – that’s the Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre.  

The ARRC is a charitable trust which provides veterinary care and services to rehabilitate wildlife and has been the recipient of community awards.  

Education is a key focus of ARRC, especially of children. To help achieve this ARRC has produced a series of children’s books illustrating the human impact on wildlife and what children can do to help. 

veterinary medicine – complementary and natural therapies

As you’ll hear today, throughout her veterinary career, Liza has sought and applied complementary and natural therapies which are easy to learn, practical to apply, and highly effective at assisting her patients to heal. 

She’s always believed that as a vet, it’s not simply her job to practice veterinary science, but it’s her responsibility to make sure she always gives her patients the best possible care; knowing that she’s explored every option to enhance their health. 

Liza has served as the president of the NZ Vet Association’s Complementary Veterinary Medicine branch since 2010.

Over the years Liza has been recognised for her work in the community, her entrepreneurship and business acumen with several awards. 

NZ Veterinary Association – Impact Award winner – 2020

Last year – in 2020 – she was the recipient of the New Zealand Veterinary Association’s Veterinary Impact Award which is bestowed on an individual who’s made a considerable positive impact for the veterinary profession.

Liza delights in educating, inspiring and entertaining people about sustainable healthcare and the importance of preserving our natural heritage. 

Liza’s extremely passionate about what she does and what she believes in.

Links mentioned in this podcast

Episode 049 – the first in the #SustainableVets series

Holistic Vets in TaurangaAnimal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre Wildlife Trust

Sustainable Vet Practice NZ – on Facebook

Sustainable Vet Practice NZ – on Instagram

Paws Claws & Wet Noses at Facebook

Petition to Get2Vets into NZ

Get2VetsNZ Petition:

Allocate two MIQ spaces per week to visa-approved veterinarians

Petition request

That the House of Representatives require the allocation of two Managed Isolation & Quarantine (MIQ) spaces per week to allow veterinarians who have been approved by Immigration New Zealand to enter New Zealand.

Petition reason

I – Julie South – believe New Zealand has a dire veterinarian shortage and urgently needs vets from overseas.

Even though Immigration NZ has approved special exceptions for veterinarians to work in New Zealand, they are waiting what I believe are extreme lengths of time for MIQ spaces. In my view, human and animal welfare are at crisis levels because clinics are closing and withdrawing after-hours emergency services, and veterinary professionals’ mental health is at crisis levels.



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