New Zealand Veterinary Nurse / Technician Salaries


Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled regularly by analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications. Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated. Job ads in New Zealand often do not mention remuneration. Salaries are generally negotiable, within limits.

Job titles in this occupation vary and some examples are veterinary nurse, vet nurse, animal nurse and veterinary assistant.

According to the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association, veterinary nurses can expect to earn between $16 and $19 an hour as a new graduate. After a few years’ experience this should typically increase to between $19 and $21 an hour. Experienced senior veterinary nurses can earn $24 per hour or more.

On an annual basis, veterinary nurses typically earn between $35,000 and $55,000 depending on their area of expertise, location and experience. Some positions for newly qualified nurses may be offered close to or at the minimum wage rate which is $13.75 per hour.

For comparison, the average weekly full-time earnings in New Zealand including overtime for the quarter ending 31 September 2012 was $1,043 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual salary of around $54,000.

Veterinary Nurse Salaries / Wages in 2012-2013

Position Salary / Wage $ Location
Veterinary Nurse / Receptionist 15 – 20 per hour Auckland
Junior Veterinary Technician 14 – 18 per hour Auckland
Veterinary Nurse 15 – 25 per hour Tauranga
Junior Veterinary Nurse 28,000 – 38,000 Wellington
Head Veterinary Technician 44,000 + Wellington
Senior Veterinary Nurse 35,000 – 50,000 Christchurch
Qualified Veterinary Technician 55,000 – 70,000 Christchurch
Experienced Veterinary Nurse 35,000 – 45,000 South Island

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