This episode is the first in the library collection about what it’s like for an overseas-qualified veterinarian to work in New Zealand as a veterinarian.  Because, as I’m sure you know, not all overseas qualified veterinarians can actually work here as a veterinarian without re-qualifying first.

Dr Rose Unsworth and I talked about all sorts of things:  

  • the differences in pet insurance uptake and how that manifests in-clinic,  
  • different induction processes for locums at different clinics,
  • and the varying health & safety rules and regs in different parts of the world.

If you’re listening to this show and you’d like to work as a veterinarian in New Zealand please get in touch with me – I’ll put all of my contact details on the show notes page for this episode – but if you have pen and paper handy right now, you can email me by clicking the button below.

Likewise, if you’re an overseas qualified veterinarian working Downunder and would like to share your experiences as a guest, please get in touch, because I’d love to have you on the show.   

Dr Rose Unsworth, BVMS | Companion Animal Veterinarian

Topics we covered:

  • 35, 40, 45 & longer working weeks
  • working with pet insurance and working without pet insurance
  • going on call outs by yourself
  • health & safety – limits to how much you can lift
  • paperwork – who does what
  • is there a vet nurse shortage in New Zealand
  • how providing excellent mentorship requires more experienced veterinarians
  • job satisfaction – what it is and what it isn’t

Be a guest on Paws Claws & Wet Noses

If you’re an overseas-qualified veterinarian working in New Zealand and would like to share your experience of working here, I’d love to have a chat with you. Being a guest is easy – it’s just like you and I have a chat (usually over Zoom).

You can WhatsApp me on +6427 282 4155 or email me by clicking the email button above (the button is there to help reduce spam bots sending me spammy email. Or, if you’re in New Zealand, please feel free to call me on 0800 483 869. Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.


Dr Rose on Episode 009 of Paws Claws & Wet Noses – what it was like working as a locum before and after Covid Alert Level 4 in New Zealand

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