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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

What are the chances of getting a job?

Average

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.

According to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates, the number of veterinary nurses has remained fairly stable since 2008.

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, with more opportunities for rural animal technicians in rural areas. 

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 veterinary nurses to larger practices with up to 20 staff. Other employers include:

  • companies that sell animal and veterinary products
  • educational institutes
  • Government agencies, such as the Department of Conservation and Ministry for Primary Industries
  • kennels and catteries
  • animal shelters
  • pet stores
  • zoos
  • organisations involved in animal research.

Some veterinary nurses are self-employed.

Sources

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.
  • Waugh, K, Membership Secretary, NZ Veterinary Nursing Association, April 2014, (www.nzvna.org.nz).

Current vacancies

Veterinary Nurse - Join our wonderful team! Listed: 27 Aug 2014 Auckland
Veterinary Receptionist/General Duties Listed: 04 Sep 2014 Wellington
Veterinary Nurse Position At The Vets Listed: 04 Sep 2014 Canterbury
Veterinary Nurse position Listed: 03 Sep 2014 Bay Of Plenty
Veterinary Nurse/Customer Service Listed: 25 Aug 2014 Auckland
QA Assistant Listed: 03 Sep 2014 Waikato
Administration Assistant Listed: 28 Aug 2014 Wellington

Other vacancy websites

 

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.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
1,075
Year 2011
1,118
Year 2010
1,191
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Krystal Kelly shaving a dog before an operation

Vet nurses may do further training to become veterinary technicians or veterinary surgeons

Updated 8 Apr 2014