What are the Best Countries for Veterinarians to Work in?

At The Vet Service, our mission is clear: to bridge the gap between passionate veterinary professionals and practices, ensuring a perfect match for both parties. As we bid farewell to another year, we reflect on the evolving landscape of the veterinary industry and the innovative trends that have transformed not only practices but also the way we approach hiring and recruitment.

What are the Best Countries for Veterinarians to Work in?

Here at The Vet Service, we offer more opportunities to work and travel than ever before. Here are some options for the best regions and countries for veterinarians to work in:


Australia and New Zealand have always been popular with new graduates, locums, and permanent vets as they strive to go to a land down under. They offer a high quality of life and promote natural beauty with plenty of opportunities to explore on your days off.

North America

Boasting 50 states and a population akin to mainland Europe, The USA is a prime choice for veterinarians, featuring excellent salaries and diverse work settings. Renowned worldwide for its leadership in veterinary clinical work and research, it offers some of the finest career options available.

Canada, renowned for its peaceful atmosphere and diverse seasons, is widely recognised as being among the most desirable locations to reside. The country embraces a nationwide commitment to cultural diversity and is famous for the iconic Niagara Falls—the 8th wonder of the world.

The UK

The UK beckons with its diverse landscapes and vibrant cities. Beyond the hustle of London, you have the chance to work anywhere in EnglandScotlandNorthern Ireland, or Wales. Immerse yourself in the unique cultures of these four distinct countries while pursing your veterinary career.


Explore the charm of Ireland, where vibrant social scenes blend seamlessly with diverse landscapes. Whether drawn to city lights or rural tranquility, Ireland offers a rich tapestry of experiences. Among the favoured areas are: Dublin, Galway, Cork, Tipperary, and Kilkenny.


In recent years we have seen high demand from veterinarians wanting to work in Hong Kong & Singapore, some of the world’s most captivating cities! Alongside top-notch healthcare, education, and a variety of things to do, the cost of living is also lower compared to other major cities like London or New York.

If you want to know what the salary offerings are in each of the countries mentioned above make sure to check out our Global Vet Salary Report.

Beat the Burnout 

Being a vet is far more than cuddling puppies and having the odd tea break—it’s a physically and mentally demanding profession. Recognising the signs of burnout, many veterinarians have reduced their working hours or even considered leaving the field.

We are seeing veterinary practices offering tailored, flexible employment models designed for you. This can include wellness and employee assistance programs as well as both physical and mental health support.

Find your balanced lifestyle with our adaptable employment contracts no matter your role:

Upskilling & Reskilling

The industry encourages continuous self-development, urging veterinarians to upskill and obtain specialised certificates in fields like Radiology, Oncology, or Ophthalmology. Whether you strive to be the best or simply love learning something new, practices actively endorse Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and self-improvement.

Maybe you have already been down that rabbit hole. Take a look at what positions we can offer you to use your newfound skills.

Discover a fulfilling veterinary career with ease—The Vet Service takes a hands-on approach to remove the stress from job hunting. With just one simple email, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today, and let’s embark on this exciting journey together!

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