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Veterinarian Career Information

Occupation statistics

9,300 veterinarians in Australia1

2,157 veterinarians in Victoria (23.2%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,5752

Average weekly hours 46.13

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information about this occupation.

A veterinarian operating on a dog in a surgery 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible veterinarians and graduate veterinarians. To be eligible to apply for nomination, veterinarians must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.

Licensing and registration

To work as a veterinarian in Victoria you must be registered with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria.

For more information on registration, please contact:

Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria

Level 11, 470 Collins Street
VIC, 3000, AUS
Telephone: +61 3 9620 7444
Fax: +61 3 9620 7044


Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about veterinarians in Victoria.

Finding a job

Veterinarians are mainly employed across several industries including Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.3


We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.

To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in veterinarians, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.

Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants

Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI) website.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved April 11 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved April 11 2012 from Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved April 11 2012 from