Established in 2015, Practical CPD was created by New Zealand Specialist Veterinary Surgeons Brent Higgins and Damian Chase, who wanted to deliver high quality, practical, surgical training to New Zealand Veterinarians in a nurturing, collegial environment.

Practical CPD strives to be the leading provider of continuing veterinary education for Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses in New Zealand. All our workshops are practical and skills based, including case discussions, videos, dry and wet labs, with a high tutor to attendee ratio, ensuring you will come away with skills and knowledge immediately applicable to everyday practice.

Plenty of opportunity to practice new skills, good instrument selection.

Very good relevant content. Practical component is excellent, hard to improve on this.

I really enjoyed the practical parts, very helpful for understanding key principles.

Great speaker, good, practical content.

Easy to comprehend and follow. Relaxed atmosphere.

Very easy to follow lectures. Nice and engaging.

Fantastic. Good amount of gear. Plenty of time and opportunity to practice techniques.

Very well run – excellent equipment and participant:surgeon ratio.

Great review of plating systems and healing mechanisms / complications.

Very passionate and professional (speaker) with a lot of knowledge.

Great speaker, very clear and kept it simple. Practical video clips were very useful.

Perfect amount of time (spent) on the practical and plenty of expert helpers.

Relatable (speakers) and easy going. Nice to be able to ask questions.

Dr Vince Frank BVSc

After graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in 2004, Vince started work as a mixed-animal veterinarian in Gore. This role was mainly focused on dairy cows, but included a significant amount of sheep and beef work, as well as a companion animal and equine caseload. In early 2007, Vince moved to the UK, where he worked as a locum veterinarian with a focus on companion animal and emergency medicine.

He moved back to New Zealand in late 2008 to take up a position as a veterinarian, first in Whakatane and then in Christchurch where he founded Kahu Veterinary Equipment, a veterinary wholesaler. Vince continued to work as a companion animal locum veterinarian while establishing the company until the end of 2014. He is a managing director of Kahu Veterinary Equipment Ltd and Practical CPD Ltd. He is involved in organising veterinary education events and remains involved in the veterinary profession, with a special interest for orthopaedics and IT.


Dr Matt Knight BVSc

Matthew graduated from Massey University Vet School in 2004. He then worked in general practice for North Canterbury Vets in Culverden for 3 years, working with sheep and beef, dairy, deer farms and companion animals.  In 2007 Matthew moved to the UK, working there for 2 years as a companion animal veterinarian at a number of clinics, in a locum capacity.

After the UK Matthew spent 2 years working in NSW, Australia as a locum veterinarian before returning to New Zealand in 2010 to help establish Kahu Veterinary Equipment. Matthew has worked as a companion animal locum intermittently in New Zealand between 2010-2013, as well as 3 volunteer trips with SPAW as a veterinarian in the Pacific Islands. Currently Matthew co-manages Kahuvet and is a director of Practical CPD Ltd. Matthew maintains an interest in veterinary education generally and attends several veterinary educational events every year.