Veterinary Science & Technology

Veterinary Science is about training as a veterinarian – someone who cares for animals, and may also research animal illnesses.

Veterinary Technology is about training as a veterinary technologist – someone who helps or complements veterinarians to care for animals.

Studying in these areas involves learning to work with and care for a variety of animals: farm animals, pets, laboratory animals and wild animals.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Farm animal veterinarian
  • Companion animal veterinarian
  • Equine veterinarian
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Animal health technologist
  • Herd health manager
  • Animal welfare policy analyst
  • Animal researcher
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Equipment technician
  • Science teacher
  • Biology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


211% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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