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VeterinarianAlternative titles

Pūkenga Hauora Kararehe

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Industry Veterinarian
Vet

Veterinarians treat sick and injured animals, provide general animal care, and advise clients about health care and disease prevention for pets and farm (production) animals. They also set standards for the import and export of animals and animal products.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

Pay

Veterinarians usually earn
$50K-$150K
per year
Source: New Zealand Veterinary Association.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
2,521
Year 2011
2,425
Year 2010
2,392
Source: Veterinary Council of New Zealand survey, 2013.

Job opportunities

Good

Chances of gettting a job as a veterinarian are good due to a shortage of veterinarians, particularly in rural areas.


How to get into this job

Usually required

Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Registration with Veterinary Council of New Zealand

 

Useful school subjects

Agriculture and Horticulture

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Amber Bone in a veterinary clinic holding a cat in a cage

Being a vet can be emotionally draining as animals may die or need to be put down

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Updated 10 Apr 2014