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 $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 $17.70 per hour.

For comparison, the average ordinary time hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 December 2018 was $31.63 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $62,500, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).

Veterinary Nurse Salaries / Wages in 2018 – 2019

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurse / Head Nurse 35,000 – 44,000 North Shore, Auckland
Veterinary Nurse / Receptionist 18 – 23 per hourAuckland
Junior Veterinary Technician18 – 23 per hourAuckland
Veterinary Nurse18 – 25 per hourTauranga
Veterinary Nurse20 – 25 per hourHamilton
Junior Veterinary Nurse33,000 – 37,000Wellington
Head Veterinary Technician45,000 +Wellington
Veterinary Nurse / Receptionist 34,000 – 38,000Christchurch
Specialist Veterinary Nurse20 – 29 per hourChristchurch
Qualified Veterinary Technician55,000 – 70,000Christchurch
Experienced Veterinary Nurse35,000 – 45,000South Island

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