Coming to work in Ireland?

A bit of information on our lovely country and why we think you would like to come here to work.

Thinking about coming to work in Ireland?

Let us introduce ourselves!

Approximately 12% of our population in Ireland are immigrants. We’re a multicultural country, and it’s what makes it so good.

We are a proud nation and one of our most famous Gaelic sayings is “Céad mile failte” which means One Hundred Thousand Welcomes.

This document is intended to give you a little bit more information on our lovely country, Ireland and why we think, you would like to come here to work.


Ireland is Europe’s most westerly island, with the United Kingdom to our right and the United States to our left, across the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland has a rich history stretching over 5,000 years. Modern Ireland continues to pay homage to its past through traditional music, dance and the Irish language, among other cultural forms.

We are proud of our identity and perseverance through struggles such as the Potato Famine (1845) and the Irish War for Independence (1919-1921). Commonly, we are characterised by warmth, creativity and mateship, as evidenced through music and sport.

The island of Ireland is comprised of two regions, Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland (known as Ireland) which is an independent country. Ireland has a population of 5 million, with approximately 70 million people calling it home from around the world.  Over half of our population live in urban areas (63.8%), with nearly a third of the population living in the capital city of Dublin. Other major cities include Galway in the west and Cork in the south.


Ireland is steeped in culture, it includes traditions and customs, as well as folklore, music, language, art, and food. Ireland is home to 24 Olympic medallists and 14 Oscar winners. Irish individuals that have won the Nobel Prize in Literature include Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, and W.B. Yeats. Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and Jonathon Swift were all Irish writers, although they were famous for works written in English.

The Gaelic culture originated in Ireland but eventually expanded to Scotland, and much of north western Europe. The Irish culture has been influenced by Scottish, English, and Anglo-Norman cultures throughout history.

Many Irish traditions have become known around the world, including Halloween and Saint Patrick's Day. Archaeological evidence has shown that farming in Ireland began about the time humans first began to settle, agriculture continues to be an important sector in our economy and lifestyle.

Sport plays a key part in Irish culture and is always a hot topic when meeting in a pub or talking with someone in the street. We continue to be very proud of our Gaelic Games (GAA), known locally as Football and Hurling. Hurling is the fastest and oldest field game known to man, with a 3,000-year history. Most, if not all towns and villages have a local GAA club and is a great way to meet neighbours and new friends. Teams are made from various ages from 8 – 30+.

Ireland attracts many multi-national companies, including

  • 9 of the top 10 global software companies
  • 9 of the top 10 Pharmaceutical companies
  • 9 of the top 10 US technology companies
  • The top 3 enterprise software companies
  • 4 of the top 5 IT services companies

There are a number of reasons for this;

  • English speaking nation
  • Member of the European Union
  • Geographical placement of Ireland
  • One of the youngest, best educated workforce in Europe


Traditionally, Irish is the first language of Ireland. However over the years, English has become the dominant language of choice.


You can still find pockets of communities who continue to speak Irish. Irish is also still taught in schools.


Our road signs and government documents have both English and Irish translations.


The Irish weather is temperate which means that because of our mild winters and warm summers, you can comfortably be out and about most days of the year, especially for our large animal vets. 

Veterinary in Ireland

Veterinary in Ireland has been on a transformation journey over the past 30 years. A once primarily Large Animal profession supporting our farmers, companion animal ownership has become much more dominant, and so has society’s attitude towards them. This transformation has created a truly mixed working environment for veterinary professionals in Ireland, with a variety of cases, specialities and practices around the country. 

The Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) is the Statutory Body in Ireland, established under the Veterinary Practice Act 2005. The principal function of the Council is to regulate and manage the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in the State in the public interest.

It is a legal requirement for a Vet or Veterinary Nurse to be registered with the VCI if they are practicing veterinary medicine.

The VCI also have a list of recognised qualifications for individuals who gained their qualification outside of Ireland.

Registrable qualifications can be found here:

Requirements to register can be found on the VCI website here:

Getting Registered with the VCI

registered with VCI

IVC Evidensia Ireland

IVC Evidensia Ireland was formed in 2018, with Anicare Veterinary Group joining as our first group.


The IVC Evidensia group was formed in 2011 in the UK however 2018 marked the first stage in IVC Evidensia Ireland’s journey.


Since then, our group has grown, with practices across the country operating with varied disciplines and caseloads. We now have 40+ practices and 500+ wonderful employees.

Our Principles

Investment in your practice

We invest our money in refurbishments, facilities, equipment and technology so you can provide the best possible care for your patients.

Clinically led practices

We believe the best practices are led by vets and we want it to stay that way. That’s why we place so much emphasis on our Clinical Boards.

Belief in people

The success of a practice is down to the individuals that work there. That’s why we invest in continuous professional development (CPD) for all IVC Evidensia staff.

An independent spirit

Your clinic is the heart of your community and we want it to stay that way. We always keep the spirit of the original practice intact.

Exceptional care

We know your primary concern is delivering the best possible care. That’s why IVC Evidensia practices always put their patients first.

Sharing expertise

We’re incredibly proud of the depth of talent among our Referral Clinicians, as well as their state-of-the art facilities.

Things To Consider

What kind of practice would I like to work in?

We have a few different types of practices to suit your preference;


  • 100% small animal first opinion
  • Referral hospitals
  • Mixed practices (varying splits of large & small)
  • 100% large animal

What part of the country would I like to live?

  • Dublin - Dublin city is the capital. Suburban Dublin or Greater Dublin Area is well connected and offers ease of access to plenty of amenities.
  • Cork – some would argue the true capital, is similar to Dublin. Cork City is bustling with activity or you also have the suburbs.
  • Galway – Voted the culture capital of Europe and famous for its Irish heritage and culture, Galway offers great facilities in the west.
  • Midlands, the midlands offer peace and tranquillity. With rolling green fields, agriculture is most common here and to the south east.   

Have you fallen in love with the prospect of Ireland yet?

Below are some of the day-to-day information that you may need to know or consider before making the big move, we will of course be here to support you throughout.

Before you come to Ireland:

Before you come to Ireland, you need to know if you are entitled to live here. Your right to live in Ireland depends mainly on your nationality and what you intend to do when you come here.

When you know if you are entitled to come and live in Ireland, you need other information about the formalities of living here. This page is an overview of the main things you need to know if you are thinking of coming to Ireland to live.

Coming to Ireland...

  • Visas and permission to enter Ireland
  • Coming to Ireland to work
  • Travel & Transport
  • Getting prepared to work: PPS, Bank Details, and Tax
  • Accommodation & Housing
  • Bringing your family to Ireland
  • How will IVC Evidensia Ireland help?
  • Benefits of working with IVC Evidensia Ireland Vets
  • Veterinary Nurses
  • Standard benefits for all employees

Visas and permission to enter Ireland

UK nationals: People who are citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) are entitled to live in Ireland without any conditions or restrictions.

EEA and Switzerland: In general, nationals of EEA countries or Switzerland, have the right to enter Ireland. The EEA is the EU plus Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein. You do not need a visa but you will need a valid passport or identity card in order to land. You are generally entitled to live in Ireland if you are employed or self-employed. You are entitled to come here to study or retire here if you meet certain conditions.

Your family can come to Ireland too, but they may need a visa to enter Ireland if they are not EEA or Swiss citizens themselves.

Other countries: Citizens of other countries may need to apply for a visa. If you need a visa or not, you need permission to enter Ireland and permission to remain here.

Coming to Ireland to work

You may need an employment permit to work in Ireland, or permission to open a business, if you are not in one of the categories below:

UK citizens can live and work in Ireland without restriction. If you have family members who are from outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland, they must apply to join you in Ireland.

EEA and Swiss citizens have the right to live, work or set up a business in Ireland. You are entitled to be treated in the same way as Irish workers. You are entitled to have family members come with you to Ireland.

Younger people from certain countries outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland can apply to come to Ireland on a working holiday.

Travel & Transport

Driving, cars and transport: Full driving licences from all other EU member states (and some other countries) are recognised for use in Ireland. You should find out if you need to convert your driving licence to an Irish one. If you want to bring your car to Ireland you need to know about importing a car and implications for Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT).

Public transport is available in different cities and towns, such as Dublin Bus in Dublin. There are some buses and trains to connect towns and cities however if possible, a car is recommended.

Getting prepared to work: PPS, Bank Details, and Tax

Tax and social insurance contributions: If you are working or self-employed you must pay PRSI contributions in the same way as Irish people. If you are resident in Ireland, you may be liable for income tax and for capital taxes. There are specific rules about residency for tax purposes.

You will need to apply for a Personal Public Services (PPS) number. This is an equivalent to NI number in the UK or social security number in the US. This can be done HERE.

Social security entitlements: If you are moving to Ireland you need to know about your social security entitlements. EEA and Swiss nationals come under the general rules on social security for migrant workers. This means that you may receive certain benefits from your home country while you are in Ireland and you may combine social insurance contributions paid in 2 or more countries to help you qualify for benefits. You are also entitled to the same social and tax advantages as Irish citizens.

Accommodation & Housing

Housing: Some people live in owner-occupied private housing while a number live in private rented accommodation. Social housing is available but you generally need to have been resident in Ireland for a period of time before you become eligible for it. Searching for accommodation can be done on

Bringing your family to Ireland

Did you know, Ireland was voted a top 10 country in the world to grow up in/raise kids in?

Pets: There are regulations about importing pets from abroad, so you need find out about the procedures for bringing your pet to Ireland.

Education: Free primary education and secondary education is available to all children aged under 18 legally resident in Ireland. There are also some fee-paying primary and secondary schools available. School attendance is mandatory until the age 16.

Health services: If you are ordinarily resident in Ireland, you may be entitled to a range of health services that are either free of charge or subsidised by the Government. There is also a range of private health care services.

How will IVC Evidensia Ireland help?

We will support you each step of the way. From initial recruitment right through to you settling into your practice.

We offer relocation assistance packages to help you get to Ireland, this will be discussed with you during the recruitment process.

Benefits of working with IVC Evidensia Ireland Vets

  • Care Fund – Annual contribution of €1,200 from IVC Evidensia for each Vet to use on a case of your choice to ensure a successful outcome with your patient (T&C’s apply)
  • CPD - €1,350 CPD allowance and 5 days CPD leave
  • Fully funded certificates

Veterinary Nurses

  • CPD - €600 CPD allowance and 3 days CPD leave
  • Bespoke Graduate Nurse Academy, Nurse Evolve and many more in-house academies
  • Fully funded certificates
  • Paid VCI fees

Standard benefits for all employees

  • Employer Pension Contributions
  • Birthday leave (Paid day off on your Birthday)
  • Discounted veterinary fees
  • Company sick pay
  • Paid Maternity Leave Package
  • Career progression opportunities, both clinical and non-clinical
  • Pawsome - various discounts including retail & virtual gym memberships and much more
  • Full access to EAP and Wellbeing Centre
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Paid Paternity Leave
  • Relocation packages
  • Free flu jabs
  • Opportunity to join company programmes (LGBTQ+, Wellbeing Champions, Nurses committee, Clinical Board and many more)

Interested in starting your career with IVC Evidensia Ireland?

Apply now, we’re happy to help you every step of the way.

Send your applications to and we will be in touch!