Veterinarians diagnose and treat animal injuries, diseases and disorders, and advise on preventative action. They may work in practices, specialising according to their location in either a rural or urban area, or in the public sector or associated industries such as pharmaceuticals, food production or drug regulation.


  • Maintains records, raises and forwards reports and certificates in compliance with current legislation.
  • Carries out expert witness work and undertakes teaching of veterinary students.
  • Performs ante-mortem inspection of animals destined for the food chain, and animal post-mortem examinations.
  • Performs tasks relating to food safety policy, regulation of veterinary drugs, quality control of veterinary products.
  • Euthanases old, sick, terminally ill and unwanted animals.
  • Investigates outbreaks of animal diseases and advises owners on feeding, breeding and general care.
  • Administers local or general anaesthetics and performs surgery.
  • Inoculates animals against communicable diseases.
  • Examines animals, diagnoses condition and prescribes and administers appropriate drugs, dressings, etc., and arranges or undertakes any necessary x-ray or other tests.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 10% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£37,204 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for veterinarian is £37,204

808 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 808. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for veterinarian roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £37,204 per year. That is about £3,100 per month or £19.08 per hour. New workers generally start on £15,126, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £80,434

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 808 people are employed in the region.

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