Your chance to help alleviate the veterinary shortage in New Zealand

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Because of New Zealand’s strong and effective approach to COVID, border restrictions have meant that New Zealand is now short of both large and companion animal veterinarians. For this reason, the NZ Government is extending an invitation to veterinarians from Australia and elsewhere to come to New Zealand and work.

“We have many employers actively seeking suitably qualified veterinarians across all types of veterinary practice including production animals, mixed animal, equine and companion animals. Most are seeking full time permanent staff,” New Zealand Veterinary Association chief executive Kevin Bryant said, adding that NZVA is working hard with the Government to streamline the process to allow veterinarians to work in New Zealand.

“To work in New Zealand veterinarians will need to be registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) and in all likelihood they will give preference to veterinarians from countries with similar training, qualifications and English-speaking ability to New Zealand,” chief veterinary officer Dr Helen Beattie said.

At this stage the NZVA is seeking expressions of interest from those veterinarians interested in working in New Zealand whose details can then be passed onto potential employers for consideration.

To register your interest or to learn more go to


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