Demand for migrant veterinarians in New Zealand has increased in recent years as the country looks to fill veterinary jobs. This year, however, the NZVA is limited by COVID-19 border restrictions, which make it harder for overseas citizens to enter the country.
The NZVA strategic plan has workforce and business sustainability as a key priority with a focus on improving retention and recruitment, mentoring and coaching. There are a number of visa options available to migrant veterinarians looking to work in New Zealand. However it would be best that you have a one to one session with visa experts at Provisas to know which one fits your needs the best.
Overseas qualifications need to be assessed by the New Zealand Veterinary Board (NZVB) to ensure they are comparable to a New Zealand qualification. This is to protect public safety and maintain high professional standards in veterinary services in New Zealand. The NZVB is the only organisation in New Zealand that can assess your overseas qualifications.
If you are interested in working as a veterinarian in New Zealand, you will need to submit your application to the NZVB for assessment. The Board will assess your application and notify you of the outcome. If your qualifications are found to be comparable to a New Zealand qualification, you will be able to register with the NZVA and practise as a veterinarian in New Zealand.
The present median wage for veterinarians in New Zealand is $90,000. This is a basic benchmark and one would get paid more or less depending upon their experience, the size of the organisation they work for and other relevant factors.
Migrant veterinarians looking to work in New Zealand will need to apply for a visa through Immigration New Zealand (INZ). The type of visa you apply for will depend on your circumstances.
There are a number of work visa options available to migrant veterinarians looking to work in New Zealand. Veterinarian professional profile is now in the Green Occupation List of NZ immigration. So the time is right to come here.
If you are a vet looking to move to New Zealand for professional enhancement then we recommend that you talk to one of our licensed immigration advisers.