Farm vets are veterinarians who specialise in large 'productive' animals - horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, alpaca and deer. They also look after farm dogs, and may treat companion animals (pets), particularly if based in a rural area. Farm vets treat and prevent a wide range of diseases and have an important role in promoting high animal welfare standards.
Farm vets may work with veterinary nurses, veterinary technologists and animal technicians. The agricultural industry is very important in New Zealand, so these roles play a role in supporting the economy as they help farmers to keep their animals healthy and productive.
Large animals vets are in demand in rural areas, where they are often employed by a veterinary practice based in a country town. You could also work for the government as a researcher or key adviser on a particular disease, take on a biosecurity role, work in a meatworks or move into pharmceutical research.
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