NZVNA Wage Guidelines

Wage Guidelines FAQs

Wage Guidelines FAQ

We have developed a list of FAQ's to support our wage guidelines. 

1. How and why were these wage guidelines developed?
The NZVNA is the representative body for veterinary nurses and allied veterinary professionals in New Zealand. It is our role to advocate for veterinary nurses on a wide range of topics and advocating for appropriate remuneration is one of those. Historically, veterinary nurses have been poorly paid, and we hope the narrative around current wage structures and our newest wage guidelines will help to change that. Our wage guidelines are developed using a range of information, including the current average wage for veterinary nurses in New Zealand (taking into consideration qualification and years of employment), the minimum and living wage for New Zealand, and CPI.

2. What is an RVN and RVNS?
The Allied Veterinary Professional Regulatory Council of New Zealand (AVPRC) is a voluntary regulatory body overseeing the registration of veterinary nurses. For information on the roles and responsibilities, scope of practice and graduate standards, please see the AVPRC website here:

3. Where do veterinarians fit in this? Were they surveyed as part of this process?
The NZVNA is a representative organisation for veterinary nurses. We do not include veterinarians in our surveys. For information regarding veterinarian wage/salary information, please contact the New Zealand Veterinary Association.

4. How does this compare to other related professions or professions with a similar level of qualification?
We don't have this data however the average salary in NZ for a range of professions can be found here: 

5. What about other employee benefits?
Whilst we believe that additional benefits such as a uniform (or compensation if staff are purchasing their own), NZVNA membership, a CPD allowance etc, should be included in an employee's overall remuneration package, this doesn't compensate for a poor base wage. Our guidelines are based on the minimum actual hourly rate we feel allied veterinary professionals should be getting. Other employee benefits should be on top of that base wage. 

6. Where do VNAs fit in this?
The NZVNA recommend VNAs and other paraprofessionals be paid at least a living wage as a starting point, increasing with experience from there. Currently, the living wage is $23.65 (March 2023: 

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NZVNA Executive Committee

Nominations for the NZVNA Executive Committee are opened annually when seats are vacant on our committee. We encourage all members that are interested in advancing our community to apply.

The New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association Executive Committee is made up of a group of dedicated individuals who are passionate about veterinary nursing.  The Committee consists of Officers and general committee members who are elected to their positions at AGM.  Executive Committee members must be full members of NZVNA.
Being an Executive Committee member requires commitment.   The Executive meets at least four times a year, sometimes over a two-day weekend period, with monthly Skype meetings.  Attendance at Conference is also expected.  The positions are all honorary.   At Executive meetings any item of relevance to vet nurses is discussed in-depth, together with an update of the Business Plan.
Executive members are allocated portfolios and different portfolios require different time commitments.   New Executive members are helped and supported by longer-standing council members.   Executive members are also expected to be available continually for email discussions, as this is how a large part of the work is carried out.  Portfolio reports are required to be presented at every meeting
The importance of the NZVNA Executive Committee and the Association itself cannot be overstated.   Without the Association, and in particular the Executive Committee, veterinary nurses in New Zealand would not have a collective and effective voice.

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To help the NZVNA best serve its members, we need your help! If you can't commit to being a full executive committee member, but still want to help out with an area of the organisation that interests you, join a sub-committee or assist with projects that the Executive Committee require additional help with. Please email to express your interest.

Volunteer Organizations

For those wanting to become involved in conservation or animal care projects we have put together a list of volunteer Organisations for your information.

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