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 New Zealand 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 New Zealand to practice veterinary here are a few key points you may want to keep in mind
Veterinary Jobs in New Zealand
New Zealand 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.
New Zealand Vet Salary
Salaries for New Zealand vets are pretty good, with some great packages offering many opportunities for new training and bonuses. New veterinarians usually earn, $58K-$76K per year with experienced veterinarians usually earn $76K-$130K per year
Source: New Zealand Veterinary Association, 2017.
Work/Life Balance in Veterinary Jobs in New Zealand
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 New Zealand, 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. Lot’s 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 New Zealand
The level of veterinary education in both the UK and New Zealand 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 New Zealand
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 New Zealand as a vet.
Consider the Law Requirements to Practice Veterinary in New Zealand
To practice as, or represent yourself as a veterinarian in New Zealand you must be registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) and hold a current practising certificate.
All applicants must satisfy the Council that they:
can communicate in and understand English to an appropriate standard for practising as a veterinarian in New Zealand. 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.
New Zealand Work Visa for Vet
Before you start work in New Zealand, you need to ensure that you have an appropriate visa if you are not a New Zealand citizen. Please contact the Department of Immigration in New Zealand for further information. If you are aged between 18 and 30 years you may be eligible for a working holiday visa for New Zealand. Here at The Vet Service, we can point you in the right direction for an appropriate Visa.