Planning an effective veterinary workforce

Where there are animals, there needs to be veterinarians. Veterinarians are critical for safeguarding the health and welfare of Australia and our animals

Where there are animals, there needs to be veterinarians. Veterinarians are critical for safeguarding the health and welfare of Australia and our animals.

Veterinarians have important roles to play in animal, human and community wellbeing. Veterinarians in rural and regional areas ensure the safety of the food we eat and export, care for the health and welfare of livestock, and are necessary to help identify and respond to a serious disease outbreak. Two-thirds of households include companion animals, and pets are increasingly valued as important family members. Pet ownership has demonstrated advantages to people’s health and wellbeing, and contributes to strong communities.

Effective workforce planning seeks to ensure that these critical roles are filled, and the veterinary profession has a healthy and sustainable future in Australia.

Veterinary careers

Thinking of becoming a veterinarian and the range of career paths offered by the profession?

Becoming a veterinarian

We discuss your options on where to study, career pathways and what veterinarians from overseas need to do to practice in Australia.