26 Jun 2013

Dairy industry has growing need for vets

6:06 pm on 26 June 2013

Meeting the ever-growing demands of the dairy industry is one of the subjects vets are discussing at a conference in New Plymouth.

More than 200 dairy cattle veterinarians are meeting at their annual conference.

The conference heard that the employment prospects for veterinary graduates in rural practices in New Zealand are better than in many other countries and the expanding dairy industry's need for more vets is contributing to that.

Dairy cattle veterinarians society president Neil MacPherson says numbers are keeping up with demand in most areas but there are some gaps - particularly the west coast of the South Island and Gisborne and Hawke's Bay.

Dr MacPherson says younger vets also prefer larger practices that have lower on-call demands.