New Zealand Companion Animal Conference 2018

Auckland, New Zealand 17-19 September 2018

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC) is excited to be hosting the 2018 Companion Animal Conference from 17-19 September at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland, New Zealand.

The conference theme is ‘Human Behaviour Change for Animals.’ Everyone working to improve the welfare of animals understands that human behaviour towards animals impacts on welfare and is the root cause of much animal suffering. To meaningfully improve animal welfare, we must change human behaviour. To change human behaviour, we need to understand the attitudes and beliefs that motivate people to behave as they do and find the best ways to encourage them to make changes that improve animal welfare.

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New Facial Recognition Technology helps find lost pets

New Zealand is now home to one of the most sophisticated and intelligent systems in the world to find your lost pet.

‘PiP’ Facial Recognition, as it is known, will revolutionise the way we reunite lost pets with their families according to the New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC). The Council is the owner of the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR), which has now added this highly advanced facial recognition system to the existing New Zealand Companion Animal Register services. “Combined with the New Zealand Companion Animal Register microchip database and Scanner Angel smart network ‘PiP’ Facial Recognition will add another dimension to helping find lost animals” says the NZCAC Manager, Dr Jessica Walker.

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Virbac Change Policy On Replacing Microchips

Last week Virbac announced a program to replace all faulty Virbac chips regardless of whether they were still working. Yesterday (25 January 2018) they have changed the policy and will now only replace faulty chips that have failed.

Virbac did not consult with the NZCAR on this change in policy and we are disappointed with this decision. Not replacing chips that are proving to have a high failure rate has the potential to put the welfare of New Zealand pets at risk.

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