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How to Become a Veterinarian in New Zealand

Generally, veterinarians diagnose, treat and help prevent animal disease and injury.

The new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) complements the inclusion of veterinarians on the New Zealand Government’s Green List, which can provide a streamlined and prioritised pathway to residency.

The Green List incentivises highly skilled workers to relocate to New Zealand long-term.

Study pathway to becoming a veterinarian in NZ

If you like a career as a veterinarian in NZ, you’ll need a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree. This degree involves five years of study.

Massey University’s Institute of Veterinary and Biosecurity Science (IVABS) is the only training institute for veterinarians in New Zealand. Students do a pre-veterinary semester and have a minimum of 10 days of veterinary work experience before being considered for the course. Each year 124 students, of whom 100 are New Zealand residents, are accepted by IVABS.

Find out more about studying for a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at Massey University.

The entry requirements consisting of recommended secondary school education and personal needs, job outlook and pay scales can be seen on the Careers NZ website.

Overseas veterinarians wanting to work in NZ

All people working as veterinarians in New Zealand must, by law (Veterinarians Act 2005) be registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) and hold a current practising certificate.

If you have a veterinary qualification from overseas , you will need to register in New Zealand.

Other ways to get registered

Suppose you received your primary degree from a university not on the list of recognised institutions and not registered in Australia, or you do not hold a pass in a recognised examination or assessment programme. You may be entitled to apply for registration by sitting and passing the combined Australasian Veterinary Examination (AVE).

The AVE is a two-part assessment comprising a preliminary and final examination administered by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC). For information about the NVE, refer to the AVBC website at www.avbc.asn.au.

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