Achievements of the NZCAC


Codes of Welfare

Much of the focus of the Council has been the formation of writing groups from its membership base to draft Codes of Welfare for submission to the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC). These codes provide minimum standards for animals that are expected in law, in addition to recommended best practices acting as useful educational information for animal guardians.

Codes of Welfare have included:
(Companion Cats) Code of Welfare 2007
(Dogs) Code of Welfare 2010
Temporary Housing of Companion Animals 2014

In addition the NZCAC has produced summary documents for both the Animal Welfare (Companion Cats) Code of Welfare 2007 and the Animal Welfare (Dogs) Code of Welfare 2010. These booklets can be downloaded from the publications section of our website.

research publications

The NZCAC has produced a number of publications on companion animals. Click here to access them.

Annual Conferences

Companion Animal Conferences have been held since 1990 throughout New Zealand, including in: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Rotorua, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Nelson. The conferences have welcomed international speakers from the UK, USA and Australia as well as leading companion animal experts in New Zealand.

The 27th Companion Animal Conference will be held in Auckland from 17 to 19 September 2018. The theme of the conference is Human Behaviour Change for Animals. For the first time in over 25 years, there will be a contestable abstract stream.

For more information about the conference please visit the Conference website.

For information about previous conferences, click the "NZCAC CONFERENCES" menu in the top menu bar. 

New Zealand Companion Animal Register

As microchipping has become more common place and in the case of dogs a legal requirement, the NZCAC recognised there was a need for a suitable New Zealand based animal repatriation system. With this in mind we have created the New Zealand Companion Animal Register.

All profits from the Register go back to the NZCAC, who will distribute these amongst various animal welfare charities as well as using the funds to promote the causes of companion animal protection and welfare.

For more information on the Companion Animal Council or to find out about making an application for funding click here.