- Was incorporated on 19th October 1977
- There are currently 20 member clubs from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. The Club movement is a significant employer of veterinarians and at present, member clubs employ in excess of 170 veterinarians within New Zealand.
- Each year an annual conference is held which provides excellent networking opportunities along with speakers from the local area.
- The most recent ARVP conference was held in April 2017 in Hamilton with the theme of “is your business model right for you?”
- Other annual conference locations have included New Plymouth, Wellington, Rotorua, Takaka and Invercargill and Te Anau.
- The Association maintains and manages an income protection scheme.
- An award is made annually by rotation between a farmer member of a club and a veterinarian involved in club practice for outstanding service to either the veterinary profession or the club movement. This award is known as the Allan Leslie award.
- Each year a 4th year Veterinary students’ information evening is hosted at Massey University with the aim of introducing the Vet Club movement to them and the employment opportunities on offer.
- To facilitate the development of member practices in providing effective veterinary services to their clients.
- To provide a forum for member practices to share information relating to practice business, and animal health and welfare issues
- To encourage and maintain membership by providing desired services to member practices
- To represent member practices in their relationships with organisations concerned with animal health and welfare issues in New Zealand
Practices range from small, single clinic practices to large multi clinic businesses operating in a number of rural towns. While rural veterinary practices have a primary interest in providing clinical services and advising on flock or herd health and management to production animals and lifestyle block owners. Pets are part of the family in rural as well as urban areas, and rural people demand the same high quality of care.