Vets Abroad

With over 100 clinics across Australia and New Zealand, VetPartners offers several options for International Veterinarians to work in Australia and New Zealand. Our Vets Abroad Program was designed to assist us in building a gap year working holiday itinerary that suits you.

Veterinarians are often needed at short notice and to work in various environments. Our work options can be from around six months to four years, or can even be a more permanent need. You would normally need three years’ post qualified experience.

Our careers team can match your veterinarian skills and aspirations to a suitable placement, which allows veterinarians to join us throughout the year when it best suits them. There are no set start dates, whenever you arrive and at whatever time, our team are waiting at the airport for you.

All international Veterinarian placements will receive the same unrivalled support from our team.

What opportunities are there?

Veterinarians are needed for:

  • General Practice
  • Small or Mixed Practice
  • Emergency & Critical Care
  • After Hours
  • Specialty Referral.

Our Vets Abroad Program was designed to assist us in building a gap year working holiday itinerary that suits you. We will work with you to develop a working holiday that suits your level of experience. When you arrive, we will meet you at the airport and give you a comprehensive induction of your local area, including meeting your new work colleagues and showing you the ‘sights and sounds’. Once you start work, we will meet regularly with you and your Clinic Manager and are always available both inside and outside of normal working hours.

To be considered for our Vets Abroad Program you will hold a Veterinary degree, registerable within Australia and New Zealand without further examination. Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a veterinarian and be happy to work a standard working week of 40 hours.

Our Vets Abroad Program offers flexibility and allows veterinarians to combine locations, to live and work with friends, and to work at the placement which inspires you most.

The support provided includes:

  • A competitive salary and benefits.
  • Four weeks’ annual leave, including a 7-day, paid holiday.
  • Assistance with visa and travel plans.
  • Accommodation and relocation support.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Membership fee payments and access to CPD programs.

For Overseas Veterinarians

Veterinarians wanting to work in Australia and New Zealand must by law, be registered with a veterinary board and in the case of New Zealand, hold a current practising certificate. There are three pathways to enter the profession in Australia and New Zealand:

  • By being eligible to apply for registration without further examination
  • By obtaining suitable veterinary qualifications in Australia or New Zealand
  • By completing the National Veterinary Examination (NVE)

For veterinarians seeking information on degree eligibility, click here.

For veterinary specialists wanting to work in Australia and New Zealand, click here to be directed to the pathway.

To find out more about opportunities contact our careers team or view our current openings.