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New Zealand animal lovers are being asked to dig deep this weekend to support important research not funded by the Government that seeks to improve the lives of future generations of Kiwi pets and their owners.
Healthy Pets New Zealand (HPNZ) is a charity that raises money to fund research into the big health issues facing New Zealand companion animals, such as canine hip dysplasia, cancer, and antibiotic resistance.
Founded as the Companion Animal Health Foundation in 1988, HPNZ is being re-launched this weekend.
When : 16 &17 November
Where: The Wellington Pet and Animal Expo 2019 – Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua
The charity has also announced today new research findings that could lead to better treatment options to extend the lives of thousands of Kiwi cats with a common cancer, published recently in a world-leading journal.
Please find below two media releases announcing the launch, and HPNZ funded research findings.
14 November 2019
Kiwis asked to support new research to improve lives of future generations of pets
New Zealand animal lovers are being asked to dig deep to support important research not funded by the Government that seeks to improve the lives of future generations of Kiwi pets and their owners.
Healthy Pets New Zealand (HPNZ) is a charity that funds research into the big health issues facing New Zealand companion animals, such as canine hip dysplasia, cancer, and antibiotic resistance.
Founded as the Companion Animal Health Foundation in 1988, HPNZ is being re-launched on Saturday 16 November at the Wellington Pet and Animal Expo 2019, and with a gold coin donation dog walk near Invercargill.
HPNZ is run by a team of volunteer veterinary professionals supported by the New Zealand Veterinary Association, along with generous donations from supporters, says Director Cath Watson.
“There is little public funding to support research into companion animal health and welfare in New Zealand. That’s why we’re calling on Kiwis who care about pets to get behind this important work.
“As veterinary professionals, we care deeply about the health and welfare of companion animals. We know that New Zealand pet owners do too, so we’re asking them to support the work we do.”
Healthy Pets New Zealand funds outcome focused research that leads to real benefits for Kiwi pets and their owners, including new diagnostic methods, better treatment options and improved care.
HPNZ recently broadened its funding criteria to include sociological research into the human-pet bond, in recognition of the important role played by pets in the lives of so many New Zealanders.
“Ninety-five per cent of Kiwi pet owners see their companion animals as part of the family. We hope they will donate generously so that we can fund more research into the issues that matter to them.
HPNZ is supported by veterinary clinics, including the Vet Centre Marlborough, Waikiwi Vets (Invercargill), and Tauranga Vets. With their clients, each has made generous donations to HPNZ.
“I’d like to thank our generous supporters, who have enabled us to fund diverse research, which has increased veterinary science knowledge and led to better care and health for Kiwi pets,” says Cath.
Cath Watson says she hopes many more clinics, and animal lovers will support HPNZ in the future.
“The more we raise, the bigger impact we can have. That’s why we’re asking Kiwis who care to donate today. It doesn’t matter if it’s one dollar or a thousand dollars – every last cent counts.”
Kiwis who want to help improve the lives of pets in New Zealand can donate online via Give-a-little.
14 November, 2019
New research could mean better, longer lives for cats with cancer
Research funded by Healthy Pets New Zealand (HPNZ) that could lead to new treatment options to extend the lives of cats with cancer in New Zealand has been published in a world-leading journal.
The research used immunohistochemistry, a technique common in human oncology, to develop ways to more accurately predict the life expectancy of cats with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
A very common mouth cancer in cats, SCC afflicts thousands of cats in New Zealand every year.
John Munday, Professor in Veterinary Pathobiology at Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science, found that cats with SCC that also tested positive for the p16 immunohistochemistry marker were, on average, likely to live more than twice as long as those without the same marker.
His research was published recently in The Veterinary Journal, a world-leading academic journal.
“Testing for the marker soon after diagnosis could help veterinarians better understand which cats would likely benefit from treatment, and could offer cat owners more treatment options,” he says.
HPNZ Director Cath Watson says Professor Munday’s work is one of many projects supported by the charity, which has been funding research to help improve the lives of New Zealand pets since 1988. Founded as the Companion Animal Health Foundation, HPNZ is being re-launched on Saturday 16 November at the Wellington Pet and Animal Expo 2019, and with a gold coin donation dog walk near Invercargill.
“There is little public funding to support research into companion animal health and welfare in New Zealand. That’s why we’re calling on Kiwis who care about pets to get behind this important work.”
HPNZ is supported by veterinary clinics, including the Vet Centre Marlborough, Waikiwi Vets (Invercargill), and Tauranga Vets. With their clients, each has made generous donations to HPNZ.
“I’d like to thank our generous supporters, who have enabled us to fund diverse research, which has increased veterinary science knowledge and led to better care and health for Kiwi pets,” says Cath.
Research funded by HPNZ includes an investigation into patterns of antibiotic use in pets, and a canine hip dysplasia project that led to an improved diagnostic tool and better breeder education.
“We know Kiwi pets are valued members of the family. We hope to fund much more of this important research so future generations of Kiwi pets can live longer, happier and healthy lives. “The more we raise, the bigger impact we can have. That’s why we’re asking Kiwis who care to support us. It doesn’t matter if it’s one dollar or a thousand dollars – every cent counts,” she says.
Kiwis who want to help improve the lives of pets in New Zealand can donate online via Give-a-little.
About Healthy Pets New Zealand
Supported by the New Zealand Veterinary Association, HPNZ is a charity that funds research and investigation into the big issues facing New Zealand companion animals. HPNZ aims to increase the scientific body of knowledge to support improved care, and new diagnostic investigation and treatment options for pets in New Zealand. HPNZ also supports research into the value of pets to society, the human-pet bond, and aims to communicate its most important findings to the public.

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