2013 Veterinary Nurses Salary Survey

This year the Salaries Survey has been prepared by The Society of Practicing Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) in association with the Association of Veterinarians in Industry (AVI), as well as the BVNA and the Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA).

Invitations to respond were sent out to veterinary practices via a SPVS mailing and emailed to those on databases held by SPVS. Invitations were distributed via the SPVS and MRCVS email discussion lists and posted online. The survey was also distributed by AVI, BVNA and VPMA to their members. This year we were not able to make use of the RCVS database to mail recent graduates, and this has resulted in a marked reduction in the number of responses from recently qualified veterinary surgeons. However, overall the number of responses received has increased by over 50% and we are very grateful to all those who responded and helped to make this a uniquely useful resource for the veterinary profession.

The intention of the survey is not to advise on what employees should be paid but to give some indication of what is being paid as the "going rate" to act as a starting point in salary negotiations between practice and employee. It must be remembered that there are many different factors that affect the value of a job, far too many for them all be covered in a survey of this kind.

The median has been chosen to represent the typical value in any given group. Where possible we have, for the nurses, also shown the upper and lower quartile figures, which delineate the middle 50% of the results. Caution should be taken when interpreting maximum and minimum figures, as in some cases the range can be extreme and it is not possible within the scope of this survey to confirm the veracity of the results which have been provided. Where percentages are given, they represent a percentage of the responses to that particular question. Not all respondents answered all questions so the basis on which the percentage is calculated can vary.

We are keen to ensure that this resource is up to date and relevant to our members. If you have any comments or suggestions for future surveys please do let us know at the address given below.

The full survey is available to download via the link below:


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