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International pay league table: where does the UK fit on the global scale?

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By Matthew Limb

The Netherlands tops the international salary scale for vets, with the UK trailing behind in fifth position, according to a survey of 11 European countries, plus the USA and Australia.

Dutch vets earn a median annual salary of €90,000 compared to UK vets who are on €48,996.

In second place was the United States (€85,384), with Denmark (€78,052) third and Australia (€62,456) fourth, according to 2017 figures.

UK vets earn more than peers in Sweden (€46,642), and Germany and France (both €45,000), which ranked equal seventh.

The lowest median annual salaries were found in the Czech Republic (€15,311) and Spain (€18,000) and Italy (€24,000).

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The other countries in the survey were: Belgium (€36,000), and Poland (€25,885) (see Fig 1).

Fig 1: How much do vets earn in each country earn before taxes? (in euros)

The survey was released by CM Research, a market research agency which specialises in the veterinary and pet owner sector, whose findings from a separate assessment of UK pay were published by Vet Record in the last two weeks (VR, 20 Jan 2018, vol 182, pp 62-64; 27 Jan 2018, vol 182, pp 92-93). …

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