Cath's Corner July 2021

Healthy Pets NZ is so lucky to have the support of two fantastic sponsors this year!


The Companion Animal Branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (CAV) have been long term supporters of HPNZ since its inception over 20 years ago, providing both financial and administrative support.


While CAV would seem like a natural fit, with the outcomes of HPNZ funded research going on to benefit companion animal veterinarians and the pets they treat in clinical practice, it is a valued relationship.


CAV helps us spread the word to NZ veterinarians about the value of our work, shares the findings of completed research, provides volunteers to help with grants administration and trustee roles, as well as providing $10,000 towards research projects every year. CAV is hugely valuable to us, and is a key reason HPNZ exists.


More recently, premium pet food manufacturer Royal Canin have partnered with HPNZ as the first Human-Animal Bond partner. One of the underpinning values of Royal Canin is the ‘pursuit of knowledge’ and their goal is to help make a better world for both pets and their people.


Royal Canin has a long association with pets in New Zealand, and has an excellent reputation for premium quality food products, along with a range of veterinary prescription foods backed by extensive research.


Their partnership with HPNZ has got off to a great start with a large amount of interest in the new Human-Animal Bond grant. The successful applicants have a world-first study into the benefits of cat fostering. Led by researchers from Victoria and Massey Universities, the study will seek to inform the development of best-practice cat fostering and improved understanding of the human-animal bond.


Partnerships like these make a big difference to HPNZ research outputs which ultimately benefit Kiwi pets, so from all us: THANK YOU!