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VeterinarianAlternative titles

Pūkenga Hauora Kararehe

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Industry Veterinarian

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


Veterinarians usually earn
per year
Source: New Zealand Veterinary Association.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Veterinary Council of New Zealand survey, 2013.

Job opportunities


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




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