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 product and may even enter the research field.

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If you love science such as biology and biochemistry and you enjoy working with and caring for animals (and you’re not too squeamish!) then working as a Veterinarian could be for you. Employers will look for qualified vets who: are mature and responsible; work well under pressure; inspire confidence in clients; are good communicators; have organizational skills; are decisive and able to solve problems. You need to have good eyesight, hearing and hand-eye coordination, as well as a reasonable level of fitness.

Depending on the role they have, Animal Health workers may do any or all of the following and more: Work with clients to prevent and treat animal problems and diseases; advise on animal nutrition and the care and welfare of animals; examine dead animals to find out the cause of death; work with herd and flock owners to help them meet breeding and production goals; set standards for animal or animal product imports into New Zealand; be involved with disease investigation and researnc; co-ordinate national disease control programmes; develop x-rays, collect blood samples and carry out pregnancy tests.


Veterinarians in clinical practices often work long and irregular hours and are frequently on call, meaning they may work weekends and evenings. They often have to travel locally to visit and treat animals.

Chances of Employment:

Chances of getting a job as a vet are pretty good as there is a shortage of people in the role – especially in rural areas.


Veterinarians earn an average wage of $75,000 a year, but this will depend greatly on experience, responsibility and location (you could earn up to $120,000). 


To become a vet you will need to take English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. In order to become a Veterinarian Technician or a Veternarian you will need to attend Massey University and complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology or a Bachelor of Veterinarian Science.