How Much Do Vets Earn? UK Salary Explained

Veterinarians are medical professionals who treat health problems in animals.

Here’s everything you need to know about working in veterinary medicine.

Everything you need to know about becoming a veterinarian in the UK


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What is the salary of a veterinarian in the UK?

As a matter of fact reported that the average salary for a veterinarian in July 2023 is £84,449.

This varies depending on the company you work for and your location.

Salaries can increase over time as you gain more experience.

The best paying cities to work as a veterinarian in the UK are:

  • Luton – £91,139 a year on average
  • Liverpool – £85,358 a year on average
  • Manchester – £85,106 per year on average
  • Leeds – £83,028 a year on average
  • Coventry – £63,386 a year on average
  • London – £53,712 a year on average
  • Ringwood – £60.00 per year on average
  • Blackburn – £59,707 a year on average
  • Sevenoaks – £67,899 per year on average

According to the government website, salaries for experienced veterinarians go up to £50,000, while entry-level salaries start at £30,000.

The average working week for a veterinarian is 43 hours.

You may need to work evenings and weekends and be on call.

How can I become a vet?

After completing your studies, you can register with the RCVS as a veterinarian.

Then, as a veterinary assistant, you will put what you have learned at the university into practice – albeit under supervision.

This also gives you time to think about where you would like to work before becoming a fully qualified veterinarian.

What qualifications do I need to become a veterinarian?

To become a fully qualified veterinarian, you must complete a veterinary degree.

A full-time veterinary degree typically takes five to six years to complete.

If you already have a degree in a related subject, you may be able to pursue a four-year veterinary degree.

You must obtain a degree from a university that offers a course recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

These are:

  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Nottingham
  • Royal Veterinary College London
  • University of Surrey
  • Keele University and Harper Adams University


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