Vetlink Employment Service

Working Holiday – United Kingdom

It might seem like we only just welcomed the new year, but 2024 is well and truly underway. So, what are your plans for this year? Are you content and fulfilled in your current role or are you looking for a new challenge?

A working holiday in the UK might be just what you need to satisfy both your professional aspirations and your sense of adventure.

Working in the UK

Vets from Australia and New Zealand are highly sought after by UK practices to fill both locum and permanent positions. The skills and experience you bring from down under transfer readily to the UK setting, so most Australasian vets find the transition relatively straightforward.

Vetlink Employment Service has helped hundreds of Aussie and Kiwi vets find work throughout the UK. We have a range of jobs on offer, from small animal positions in the big cities to the true mixed experience in a quintessential chocolate box English village. We can help guide you through the process of visa application, registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and lining up your first job, so you don’t waste precious time and money when you arrive.

Whether you’re keen to move around and see the countryside in a series of short-term jobs or put down roots for a few months, we can help you find the work that best suits your interests, experience and itinerary.

Attractive pay

Recent improvements in locum pay rates means working in the UK can be quite lucrative. While the daily rate ranges from £350 to £450 per day. When you factor in the free accommodation that’s typically provided, you can quickly build up a healthy travel kitty – or make serious inroads towards your savings goals, if that’s what you’d prefer.

Travel opportunities

The British Isles are blessed with diverse landscapes of intense natural beauty and a rich sense of history. Add to that its accessibility to Europe and it’s easy to see why the UK is the perfect base to satisfy your wanderlust.

Weekends off can be spent exploring neighbouring counties for little more than the cost of a hire car and the tariff of a charming B&B. If you’re really lucky, your job might include a vehicle that you can use outside of work hours, giving you even greater freedom to explore.

For something a little further afield, take your pick from the seemingly endless list of low-cost flights departing the UK every day. The ongoing price war between budget airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair shows no sign of slowing down, with UK-based travellers the biggest beneficiaries. Indeed, after checking in at any one of a number of airports dotted around England, you can be enjoying an aperitif in some exotic corner of Europe in less time – and at less cost – than it takes to fly from Melbourne to Brisbane.

To give you an idea of the sort of deals on offer, just this week, you could book a flight from London to Paris for around £75 return, leaving you plenty of Euros for a ticket to the Louvre Museum or an excursion to Versailles or a walking tour of the city. Or if you’re based out west – in Wales, Devon or Cornwall, for example – you could avoid the journey up to London and fly directly from Bristol to Marrakech for £120 return. A couple of hours immersed in the chaos and spice-laden aromas of a busy Moroccan souk and the damp English winter will feel like a world away.

Prefer something a little more laid back? There’s always the option of a warm and relaxing package holiday. From the often-chilly Scottish city of Edinburgh, you can book a week’s escape, including airfares and accommodation, to the sunny Greek island of Crete for around £280 return. If you’d like more information – and daydream inspiration – on cheap flights and holiday packages from the UK, check out or

Contact us for more information

So, will 2024 be the year you step out of your comfort zone and venture overseas for a truly amazing experience? Whether your bag is packed or you’re still in research mode, we’re always happy to help. If you’d like more information about working in the UK, in the near future or beyond, you are welcome to contact us.

Last Updated: May 2024

DISCLAIMER: The above information is for guidance purposes only. Vetlink takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information, which is not intended as immigration advice. We recommend you take immigration advice from a suitably qualified professional. The salary information is based on our experience rather than a salary survey. Vetlink is not responsible for the accuracy of the salary information.