ANZSCO code – 234711 Veterinarian

ANZSCO code 234711



Diagnoses, treats and prevents animal diseases, ailments and injuries. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level 1

Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Assessing Authority

  • Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) 

Alternative Titles

  • Veterinary Surgeon

 Alternative titles are any commonly used alternative title (or titles) for the occupation. These alternative titles have the same meaning as the principal title but may be less commonly used. 


  • Veterinary Parasitologist
  • Veterinary Pathologist

 Specialisation titles are any commonly used titles which refer to a subset of jobs belonging to the occupation designated in the principal title. These jobs involve the performance of specialised tasks rather than the broader range of tasks usually performed in the occupation.

Unit Group 2347: Veterinarians


Diagnose, treat and prevent animal diseases, ailments and injuries.

Indicative Skill Level

In Australia and New Zealand: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1). Registration or licensing is required. 


  • Treating animals medically and surgically, and administering and prescribing drugs, analgesics, and general and local anaesthetics
  • Determining the presence and nature of abnormal conditions by physical examination, laboratory testing and through diagnostic imaging techniques including radiography and ultrasound
  • Performing surgery, dressing wounds and setting broken bones
  • Rendering obstetric services to animals
  • Participating in programs designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of animal diseases
  • Inoculating animals against, and testing for, infectious diseases and notifying authorities of outbreaks of infectious animal diseases
  • Performing autopsies to determine cause of death
  • Advising clients on health, nutrition and feeding, hygiene, breeding and care of animals
  • May provide professional services to commercial firms producing biological and pharmaceutical products
  • May specialise in the treatment of a particular animal group or in a particular specialty area such as cardiology, chiropractic, dermatology or critical care