- Massey University website,accessed February 2011, (www.massey.ac.nz).
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.
- NZ Veterinary Nursing Association website, accessed February 2011, (www.nzvna.org.nz).
- Otago Polytechnic website, accessed February 2011, (www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz).
Veterinary NurseAlternative titles
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.
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What are the chances of getting a job?
According to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates, there were about 1,232 veterinary nurses in March 2012, up only slightly on 2008 when there were about 1,227.
Chances of getting a job as a veterinary nurse are significantly increased if you have a relevant certificate or a diploma.
Work opportunities are best in large urban areas, especially Auckland. There are fewer opportunities in rural districts.
Most veterinary nurses work at veterinary practices
Nearly all veterinary nurses work at veterinary practices. New Zealand has about 800 veterinary practices, ranging from small practices employing one or two veterinarians to larger practices with up to 20 staff. Other employers include:
- companies that sell animal and veterinary products
- kennels and catteries
- animal shelters
- pet stores
- organisations involved in animal research.
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Progression and specialisations
Veterinary nurses can move into related occupations, such as animal pharmaceutical sales and laboratory work, or progress into management positions.
They may also do further training to become rural animal technicians, veterinary technologists or veterinarians.
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Updated 4 Nov 2013