Pūkenga Hauora Kararehe

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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.


New veterinarians with up to three years' experience earn an average of

$58K per year

Veterinarians with more than five years' experience earn an average of

$86K per year

Source: New Zealand Veterinary Association.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a veterinarian are good due to a shortage of people in the role, particularly in rural areas.
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

Last updated 31 August 2017