Become a veterinarian

A career as a veterinarian


What do veterinarians do?

Generally veterinarians diagnose, treat and help prevent disease and injury in animals. But this isn't limited to working in a clinic with small fluffy animals! The areas of work are diverse.

Find out more about what veterinarians do, and the different areas they work in >>

Watch a Year 12 student find out what a day in the life of a veterinarian involves in both a small animal clinic, and on the farm.

How to become a veterinarian

If you'd like a career as a veterinarian, you’ll need a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree. This is five-years of study, and your starting point for an interesting and diverse future.

Massey University's Institute of Veterinary and Biosecurity Science (IVABS) is the only training institute for veterinarians in New Zealand.

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

Find more information about becoming a veterinarian, including entry requirements, recommended secondary school education and personal requirements, job outlook and pay scales on the Careers NZ website.

For overseas veterinarians wanting to work in New Zealand

If you have a veterinary qualification from an overseas university you’ll need to register in New Zealand. You can do this through the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ).