What’s it like working as a vet in Ireland?

Post-Brexit, Ireland has become even more popular with overseas vets. With its beautiful countryside and lively social life, it’s not hard to see why. But what is living and working in Ireland really like–and is it for you?

With the stress and funding for EU Internationals now needing a visa to work in the UK, Ireland shows to becoming an even more popular place for overseas Vets to choose to live and work.

Whether you’re interested in small animal, large animal or mixed work, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities for every experience level, from new graduates all the way up to lead vets and partners. With high standards of clinical care, Ireland is also a great place to learn and develop your skills.

How do I qualify to work in Ireland?

To work as a vet in Ireland, you need to be registered with the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI). If you have a qualification that’s on their approved list, you’ll be registered automatically–if not, you’ll have to apply. Find out more here: https://lnkd.in/ebsU7qFd

If your degree was not completely in English, you’ll also need to pass the IELTS English Exam.

Pros of living in Ireland

  • A fantastic location in one of the closest European countries to the US and Canada, with the UK less than an hour away, Barcelona two hours and Rome three.
  • A large international expat community, with about 650,000 of its 5 million people being foreigners, and English as an official language.
  • Beautiful countryside, with sights such as the Giant’s Causeway, Ben Bulben, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Ring of Kerry.
  • Low rates of violent crime, with strict gun laws and almost no gun violence.
  • Free healthcare for all permanent residents
  • The option to hold dual citizenship in Ireland and your home country
  • Easy-to-open bank accounts for non-residents (although you’ll probably have to open your account in person, not online).
  • Fast and reliable public transport
  • Great social life in both big cities and smaller towns, including a world-famous pub scene that will appeal to anyone who likes to eat, drink, and be merry.

If you currently live in Europe and are thinking about moving to Ireland, get in touch today to find out more about how we can support you.

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