About the NZIAM

home gallery nziamFormerly the New Zealand Institute of Animal Control Officers, the New Zealand Institute of Animal Management is an incorporated society that has been proudly functioning for the last 50 years. It consists of practising animal control officers from throughout New Zealand who elect an executive to administer their affairs and organise annual training conferences.

These conferences focus on animal behavioural techniques, operational matters, self-defence, dog and human psychology and a huge range of other topics relating to our field of work.

Local government in New Zealand is made up of urban councils – who experience predominently city-wide dog problems – and rural councils which are more actively involved in stock control work. There are 72 local councils in New Zealand. They all perform animal control duties – either utilising in-house staff or by out-sourcing to third-party contractors and suppliers.

The main statutory legislation that governs animal control throughout the country is the Dog Control Act 1996 and the Impounding Act 1955.

Animal control officers are warranted by their respective councils to implement these acts with regard to public safety involving a specific animal, impounding animals, dealing with nuisance animals and liaising with their owners as well as investigating and prosecuting for dog attacks.

The New Zealand Institute of Animal Management ensures that its membership is kept up to date with both national and overseas trends and events within the global animal control industry.

This sharing of resources and information enables the Institute to maintain its position as respected leaders in the animal control industry.


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