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Veterinary NurseAlternative titles

Tapuhi Kararehe

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Animal Nurse
Rural Animal Technician
Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Technologist

Veterinary nurses help in the examination, treatment and rehabilitation of sick and injured animals. They also interact with clients and perform receptionist duties.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733


Veterinary nurses usually earn
per year
Source: NZ Veterinary Nursing Association, 'Wage Scale Recommendation 2011'

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities


Chances of getting a job as a veterinary nurse are average due to stable worker numbers, which are unlikely to change significantly in the short term.

How to get into this job

See 'How to enter the job'

Useful school subjects

Agriculture and Horticulture


Close up of hands holding a hedgehog

Vet nurses assist veterinarians with a wide range of animal care

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Updated 8 Apr 2014