Veterinarian Salary Canada



The average Veterinarian Salary in Canada is calculated by the Canadian Salary and Wage Guide and from a variety of other sources. Veterinarians work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and other settings.

A Veterinarians salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. Area of specialization also plays a part in how much they earn. The assumption was made that the Veterinarians reflected here were working an average of 35 hours per week with a total of 1750 hours per year.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system. This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.

Veterinarian Salary Canada Data:  

Country

Low

Median

High

Canadian

24.7471 CAD

36.4458 CAD

83.5847 CAD

United States

$25.30

$37.26

$85.47

Median Annual Salary

Country

Low

Median

High

Canadian

43,308.33 CAD

63,772.67 CAD

145,713.44 CAD

United States

$44,275

$65,205

$149.000

Median Hourly Salary

The lowest veterinarian salary in Canada is less than $43,500 CAD while the highest earn over $145,000 CAD per year. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 Provinces
The best provinces to earn a Veterinarian salary are Calgary-Banff-Drumheller-Alberta, Halifax-Nova Scotia, Edmonton and Area-Alberta, Bruce-Grey-Simcoe-Muskoka District-Ontario and Waterloo Region-Huron-Perth-Wellington-Dufferin-Ontario.

Other Industries that Employ Veterinarians.
Spectator sports such as horse racing and greyhound racing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medicine manufacturing, and scientific research and development services also employ veterinarians.

Employment Data
It is estimated that there are 8,000 veterinarians employed in Canada. The potential for growth in this area is good as the demand for pet healthcare is growing in Canada. There is also a thriving animal husbandry industry in Canada which relies on Veterinary services to keep animals healthy and marketable.

Where They Work
The majority of veterinarians work in private practices and the rest work in a variety of other animal related fields such as technical offices, veterinary clinics and animal hospitals. Colleges and Universities employ a small number of veterinarians. A small number of veterinarians work in the Canadian military and the food safety industry.

Private Practice vs. Employment
Veterinarians like many physicians are considered to be primarily in private practice or self employed.

Employment Benefits
Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical employment benefits package is worth over $15,000 CAD per year. As a small business owner many veterinarians set up an employer/employee benefits program and participate in the plan with their employees. The average vet business has less than 10 employees.