Veterinarian Salary Canada

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Average Veterinarian Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Veterinarians.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3114.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation.

Examples of some job titles are: veterinarian, veterinary pathologist and veterinary inspector.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at $55.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Halifax, Nova Scotia at $36.02 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $80,000 – $120,000.

Employment prospects for veterinarians are good in Canada. Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Veterinarians in Canada

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 33.46 45.00 109.19 2017
Edmonton – Alberta* 33.46 45.00 109.19 2017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia(2) 16.34 39.62 61.68 2011
Winnipeg – Manitoba(1),(2) 30.73 48.68 67.46 2011
Fredericton – New Brunswick(1),(2) 23.55 42.52 53.41 2011
Halifax – Nova Scotia(1),(2) 10.86 36.02 67.73 2011
Toronto – Ontario(2) 11.58 42.65 82.47 2011
Ottawa – Ontario(2) 20.94 43.11 74.79 2011
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario(2) 29.99 45.53 82.58 2011
London – Ontario(2) 20.06 44.63 65.28 2011
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec(1),(2) 18.30 41.47 95.27 2011
Saskatoon – Saskatchewan* 34.64 55.00 55.00 2013


Examples of veterinarians’ duties:
›› Diagnosing diseases or abnormal conditions in animals through physical examinations or laboratory tests
›› Treating sick or injured animals
›› Performing routine, emergency and post-mortem examinations
›› Inoculating animals to prevent diseases
›› Advising on animal nutrition and the care and welfare of animals
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for professional occupations in health (except nursing), which includes veterinarians, is $37.88. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1435, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $75,000.


Provincial licensing is required for this occupation.


Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

Number In Employment

There are over 10,000 veterinarians working in Canada.

These occupations may also be of interest:

General Practitioners and Family Physicians
Registered Nurses
Veterinary Technicians

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