New Zealand Veterinary Nurse / Technician Salaries

Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.

Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled regularly by analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications. 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.

Veterinary nurses typically earn between $37,000 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 $18.90 per hour.

For comparison, the average hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 March 2020 was $33.20 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $65,600, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).

Veterinary Nurse Salaries / Wages in 2020

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurse / Head Nurse 38,000 – 48,000 North Shore, Auckland
Veterinary Nurse / Receptionist 19 – 24 per hourAuckland
Junior Veterinary Technician19 – 24 per hourAuckland
Veterinary Nurse19 – 25 per hourTauranga, Bay of Plenty
Veterinary Nurse20 – 26 per hourHamilton
Kennel Manager/ Vet Nurseup to 45,000Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Head Veterinary Technician47,000 +Wellington
Veterinary Nurse / Receptionist 36,000 – 40,000Christchurch
Specialist Veterinary Nurse22 – 32 per hourChristchurch
Qualified Veterinary Technician55,000 – 70,000Christchurch
Experienced Veterinary Nurse38,000 – 48,000South Island

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