Veterinarians are relieved to be included on the Governments new Green List. New Zealand Veterinary Association CEO Kevin Bryant says it is urgently required to help tackle the current workforce shortage in vet practices across the country. The Green List streamlines a pathway to residency for highly skilled workers to relocate to New Zealand long term. The list includes 85 hard-to-fill roles – including vets – to help attract and retain high-skilled workers to alleviate skill shortages. Vets have been under incredible pressure since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Visa extensions have also been announced for about 20,000 migrants already in New Zealand to ensure skilled workers can stay in the country.