Vet Jobs in Australia

Making the decision to get up and move abroad isn’t one to be made lightly. It is certainly becoming more popular in recent years with all age groups taking the leap and moving abroad. Whether you are a fresh new graduate or mid-way through your career, practising your veterinary skills in Australia may sound very tempting…. can we come too?
We have many Locum and Permanent roles for you to choose from.
If you’re thinking about packing up and moving to Australia to practice veterinary here are a few key points you may want to keep in mind.

Veterinary Jobs in Australia

Australia has lots to offer for vets in terms of employment and with a shortage of people in the role, particularly in rural areas, this means there are many opportunities for you to choose from. Whether you are a graduate or an experienced vet there are many roles and positions such as locum, permanent, mixed animal or small, there is something for everyone.

Australia Vet Salary

Salaries for Australia vets are pretty good, with some great packages offering many opportunities for new training and bonuses. New veterinarians usually earn, $50K-$60K per year with experienced veterinarians usually earning $65K-$100K per year.


Work/Life Balance in Veterinary Jobs in Australia

As you probably are already aware, working in a veterinary role and having a balance of work and life is sometimes hard to get right. In Australia, this is something the veterinary industry takes great pride in trying to strike the perfect balance. Working hard is important but also looking after yourself mentally and physically is greatly important and very much focused on. Lots of roles offer employees perks such as further education and more holidays than standard. If this is something that is important to you, you also may want to consider locum opportunities, which offers flexibility in the workplace.
Similarities in Veterinary Jobs between the UK and Australia
The level of veterinary education in both the UK and Australia are very high and the demands of the public are very similar between the two countries as well, however, you may experience new diseases that are not common in the UK such as snake bites, so this may be something you may want to research before you go.

Relocation Fees in Australia

Consider relocation fees, this may be something you have to save for, after deciding to make the move, however, here at The Vet Service, we have many roles and veterinary practices that cover these costs for you and to help you financially settle into your new life in Australia as a vet.
Consider the Law Requirements to Practice Veterinary in Australia
To practice as, or represent yourself as a veterinarian in Australia please contact the Veterinary Surgeons Board or equivalent in that state or territory to ensure you understand and fully comply with the registration requirements, relevant act/s and regulations.

All applicants must satisfy the Council that they:

can communicate in and understand English to an appropriate standard for practising as a veterinarian in Australia. Applicants whose first language isn’t English will be required to provide evidence of English competency by sitting and passing an approved English test to the required level.
Vets with the following degrees are eligible to apply for registration as a veterinary surgeon without further examination:
Degrees from Australian universities, UK universities, Massey University NZ, some veterinary degrees from Dublin University, bachelor of veterinary science from University of Pretoria in South Africa, Veterinary Degrees from American Veterinary Medical Association recognised and accredited veterinary schools and Veterinarians who are a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, UK.

Australia Work Visa for Vet

Before you start work in Australia, you need to ensure that you have an appropriate visa if you are not an Australian citizen. Please contact the Department of Immigration in Australia for further information. If you are aged between 18 and 30 years you may be eligible for a working holiday visa for Australia. Here at The Vet Service, we can point you in the right direction for an appropriate Visa.

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