The veterinary profession has immense research and career potential abroad. Compared to any other profession, Veterinarians in Canada, European Union, and the United States are getting jobs with attractive pay packages and practice. Employment opportunities for veterinarians are almost endless and include private or corporate clinical practice, teaching and research, regulatory medicine, public health, and military service. For example, New Zealand requires more Veterinarians to meet the immediate demand, since the country faces an acute shortage of veterinarians in rural areas. Indian vets can exploit this potential to get easy placement in New Zealand.
According to Massey University, more vacancies for veterinary doctors exist in New Zealand. University authorities say that it will take more than 5 years to fill the existing vacancies of vets in the country. Rural areas are facing an acute shortage of vets. This affects farmers who are rearing more cattle in rural areas. New Zealand is one of the leading players in the Dairy industry in the world. The scarcity of vets in the country affects the trade of livestock products, especially exports of livestock products. As far as the Animal Husbandry sector is concerned, pet animal/companion animal rearing is more centered in urban areas whereas dairying and other livestock farming activities are taking place in rural areas. Moreover, there is an acute shortage of veterinarians in the field of equine practice. Changing trends in the veterinary profession and livestock sector coupled with people’s attitudes, expectations, and regulations contribute to the shortage of veterinarians in rural areas. In New Zealand, working hours for veterinarians have been reduced recently so as to make the veterinary practice more flexible and attractive.
In order to get New Zealand immigration, veterinary graduates have to complete IELTS with a band of 6 – 6.5. After New Zealand immigration veterinary graduates from the country can do an externship for up to two years under a registered veterinary practitioner in New Zealand. After the externship, they can appear for the licensing examination of the ECFVG (Educational Commission of Foreign Veterinary Graduates) examination. This examination has four steps. It includes an assessment of veterinary graduation and college credentials, English language ability, basic and veterinary clinical science knowledge, and hands-on clinical veterinary medical skills. A candidate who successfully completes the ECFVG examination will get a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree to start independent practice.