Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


Entrants will require a university degree in veterinary science and registration as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Pre-entry experience in a veterinary practice may be required for entry to a university veterinary school.

Typical tasks

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

Common job titles

Officer, investigation, veterinary
Inspector, veterinary
Scientist, veterinary
Officer, field, veterinary
Officer, investigating, veterinary
Officer, veterinary
Officer, research, veterinary
Surgeon, veterinary
Practitioner, veterinary
Consultant, veterinary

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.