A Large Animal Veterinarian works at a clinic but visits farms (dairy, beef, horses, swine, goats, and sheep).
Veterinarians require a five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
Veterinarian Nurse / Assistant
Veterinary nurses help in the examination, treatment and rehabilitation of sick and injured animals. They also interact with clients and perform receptionist duties.
You need a New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. If you complete the one-year New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand, you will qualify as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant.
Watch this video about a career as a vet nurse.
Veterinarian Technologist / Rural Animal Technician
Some veterinary nurses choose to train as a Veterinarian Technologist / Rural Animal Technician.
Generally, there are two veterinary qualifications:
- Certificate in Rural Animal Technology
- Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
Find out about Veterinary careers at CareersNZ.
For a career in science
For a science career (Research Technician, Statistician, Farm Advisor or Farm Systems Modeller), but not working as a scientist, you will need an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s Degree) which generally takes three years’ university study.
To be a scientist
You need a postgraduate qualification (Master's or Doctorate) which takes four or more years’ university study. You could be an Animal Behaviour Scientist, Plant or Animal Geneticist, Agricultural Microbiologist or Reproduction Scientist.