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Vet Average UK Salary & Prospects

Vets diagnose and treat sick or injured animals.

  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.  
  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.  
  • Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.  
  • Inoculate animals against various diseases, such as
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Vets typically work around 40 to 45 hours per week.

As a Vet you will typically work on call.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
26,826 GBP *
per year
30,000 GBP
50,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Vet

Men make 27% more than Women
87% of Vets are men
Big gender gap
  • 27,660 GBP
  • 20,082 GBP
Average salary for part-time Vet
Average salary for full-time Vet

  • 14,299 GBP
  • 12,165 GBP
  • 15,565 GBP
  • 26,826 GBP
  • 20,082 GBP
  • 27,660 GBP
Pay over time for Vet

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 24,468 GBP
  • 24,338 GBP
  • 24,823 GBP
  • 25,084 GBP
  • 26,076 GBP
  • 26,826 GBP

Future outlook for Vets

Very good outlook
87 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
2% yearly wage growth (on average)

Vet - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Vet and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 79% of people in this role have a Doctoral degree
  • 12% of people in this role have a Post-doctoral degree
  • 9% of people in this role have a Professional degree

You'll need:

  • knowledge of animal medicine and dentistry
  • knowledge of biology
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Vet

Animal Care

Things to highlight for your Vet interview

Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

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