The top-paying veterinary technician job in Australia is paying $13,000 a year, according to the Australian Veterinary Association.
Veterinarians working at the top-end of the industry earn about $18,000, while the lowest-paid veterinary technician at $10,000 gets paid $7,000.
The association said the average salary for a veterinary technician is $40,000 but that some of the best-paid vets were earning more than $50,000 annually.
A report published in March by the Australian Council of Veterinary Specialists (ACVS) said veterinarians were working long hours and getting little sleep, which had contributed to chronic fatigue and depression.
The report also found the average pay for a veterinarian is below the average for other professions in Australia.
“Most veterinary technicians work longer hours than other veterinary occupations in a given year, and this can be associated with a higher rate of chronic fatigue,” the ACVS said.
“The highest-paid veterinarians, however, are also the most likely to work long hours, are often the least sleep-deprived and are most likely also to suffer from chronic fatigue.”
The ACVS has recommended that all veterinary technicians be paid the same, but the government has rejected the recommendations.
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