Like the vast majority of Kiwi pet owners, I see pets as important members of the family.
I’m a companion animal veterinarian so I'm lucky enough to work with pets nearly every day.
I also have the privilege of working with the team of veterinary professionals here at HPNZ, and the people at the New Zealand Veterinary Association, who care deeply about companion animal health.
We know the biggest impact we can have is by finding ways to improve veterinary care.
That's why, since 1998, we've been funding research into new diagnostic investigations and treatments for some of the big health and welfare issues facing Kiwi pets and their owners.
We're searching for new ways of treating and diagnosing diseases like cancer, and conditions like joint dysplasia, which those of you who own a Labrador may know can be extremely debilitating.
You might be surprised to learn that, unlike the human health system, there is no government funding for research into finding new ways to improve pet health and welfare in New Zealand.
That's why we're extremely grateful to the many Kiwis who give so generously to support us.
Together we're helping generations of Kiwi pets live longer, healthier and happier lives!
Dr Cath Watson
Healthy Pets New Zealand