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Wage Guidelines

The NZVNA Council commissioned a survey in 2014.  This survey was to ascertain current wage rates, the additional monetary and non-monetary benefits paid and the use of advances technical skills by veterinary nurses.
Below is the extract regarding wages -



Salary by Role and Location

Role Location Gross annual median salary Gross hourly median rate
Receptionist with no nursing duties metropolitan city    
provincial city 39998 19.23
town    
rural area location 39208 18.85
Receptionist with some nursing duties metropolitan city 37440 18.00
provincial city 35360 17.00
town 35360 17.00
rural area location 37107 17.84
Junior veterinary nurse metropolitan city 30680 14.75
provincial city 37440 18.00
town 32240 15.50
rural area location 33904 16.30
Veterinary nurse metropolitan city 37440 18.00
provincial city 37180 17.88
town 37388 17.98
rural area location 37440 18.00
Surgical nurse metropolitan city 37752 18.15
provincial city 38480 18.50
town 40560 19.50
rural area location 35360 17.00
Senior veterinary nurse metropolitan city 39900 19.18
provincial city 40040 19.25
town 40560 19.50
rural area location 42952 20.65
Head veterinary nurse metropolitan city 44720 21.50
provincial city 44720 21.50
town 42640 20.50
rural area location 40560 19.50
Practice Manager with no nursing duties metropolitan city 44408 21.35
provincial city    
town 80000 38.46
rural area location 52000 25.00
Practice Manager with some nursing duties metropolitan city 42380 20.38
provincial city 38480 18.50
town 41600 20.00
rural area location 56000 26.92
Lecturer/academic metropolitan city 60000 28.85
provincial city    
town 60000 28.85
rural area location 57700 27.74
Kennel/cattery assistant metropolitan city 31304 15.05
provincial city 31200 15.00
town 29640 14.25
rural area location    



In 2011 the NZVNA council reviewed the Wage Guideline recommendations.  The information has been gathered and considered by council, and changes have been made based on two key pieces of information, the first being the consumer price index (CPI) and cost of living.  In the year following our previous review (December 2009 – December 2010) CPI increased by 4%, and in the year ended December 2011 CPI increased by 1.8% (Source: Statistics NZ website).  The second reference that the NZVNA considered is the findings from the New Zealand Veterinary Association’s (NZVA) mega survey, Veterinary Practice Support Staff Remuneration, completed in 2010, summary below.

 

Summary of the Hourly Rates received by veterinary support staff 2010 NZVA mega survey veterinary practice support staff remuneration, produced with permission of the NZVA.*

*This mega survey did not differentiate between certificate and diploma qualifications.  This summary does not include specific differences in regards to area/practice type.

 

 

 

Range

50% earn between

50% earn less than

Support Staff role

Number

Mean

Minimum

Maximum

Lower Quartile

Upper Quartile

Median

Veterinary nurse

169

 $17.08

$12.80

 $26.00

$15.70

$18.00

 $17.00

Administration

142

 $20.01

 $13.00

 $63.80

$17.00

 $21.38

$18.85

Nurse receptionist

116

 $16.96

$12.50

$23.00

$15.65

$18.10

$17.00

Sales

75

 $19.83

$10.40

 $50.50

$15.70

$20.75

 $17.50

Client Services/Reception

31

 $16.66

$10.30

 $21.70

$15.00

$18.30

$16.50

Technician

29

$20.04

$15.00

 $30.00

$17.70

$21.50

 $19.60

Practice Manager

20

 $28.71

$14.00

 $48.80

 $19.90

 $33.65

 $27.30

Other/unknown

25

$14.55

$12.00

$26.30

$12.40

$15.80

$14.00

 

Based on the information above the NZVNA council have produced the following recommended wage guidelines for 2011.

 

NZVNA Recommended Wage Guidelines

Certificate in Veterinary Nursing

 

2007

2009

2011

New Graduate

$13/hour

$15/hour

$16/hour

1 - 3 years’ experience in the profession

$15/hour

$18/hour

$19/hour

3 - 5 years’ experience in the profession

$17 - $18/hour

$18 - $20/hour

$19 - $21/hour

5 years plus

$18 - $20/hour

$20+/hour

$21+/hour

 

Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

 

2007

2009

2011

New Graduate

$15/hour

$18/hour

$19/hour

1 – 3 years’ experience in the profession

$17 - $18/hour

$18 - $21/hour

$19 - $21/hour

3 – 5 years’ experience in the profession

$18 - $20/hour

$21 - $24/hour

$22 – 25/hour

5 years plus

$20/hour

$24 plus/hour

$25 plus/hour

 

The NZVNA believe veterinary nurses and support staff in practice should receive the following benefits as part of their employment:

  • Uniform supplied by employer
  • Membership of NZVNA paid for by employer
  • Continuing Professional Development – both release from work to attend and registration paid by employer

 

Veterinary Nurse Receptionists:

Veterinary Nurse Receptionists are the first point of contact for clients:

  • Pay should be at Veterinary Nursing Rates
  • Use of veterinary nursing qualifications are acknowledged and utilized as effectively as possible
  • Should be trained in triage

 

The NZVNA believe that all veterinary nurses and support staff should receive a performance related review after three months of employment.  As an employee continues employment, these performance evaluations should occur on an annual basis, the frequency should be stated in individual employment agreements.

 

Comments to Julie Hutt, NZVNA President,

Email: president.nzvna@gmail.com

Phone: 021 599 059

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