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Undergraduate Office
Massey University Veterinary School
IVABS Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North 4442 New Zealand
Tel: (+646) 350 5222
Fax (+646) 350 5654



The Massey University veterinary program was the first veterinary program to gain AVMA accreditation in the southern hemisphere. The veterinary school accepts up to 24 international students annually with a total class size of 105. The first class of Massey veterinarians graduated in 1967, and since then more than 2,500 veterinarians have graduated and are working around the world.

The Massey University veterinary program has an international reputation for providing an excellent veteri­nary education with a strong science background, a broad knowledge of companion, equine, and production ani­mal health, and a focus on independent thinking and problem-solving skills. The curriculum incorporates prac­tical aspects throughout all years of the degree beginning with animal handling and behaviour in the first post-selection semester through to the final year of the pro­gram, which is almost entirely clinically based.

Years 1-4 of the program initially focus on instruction in the core medical sciences tailored for veterinary students to learn normal form and function, and then help the student recognize abnormality, and focus on return to normal through medicine, surgery, health management, diagnostics and treatment of companion and agricultural animal species. A revised curriculum was introduced in 2013 that aims to increase student learning and understanding by integrating topics within and between years, and introducing problem oriented learning throughout the curriculum. Additionally a greater emphasis has been placed on professional stud­ies, to help enhance student success post-graduation.

The fifth year is a semi-tracked clinically based year. Each student will choose a track from the following options: small animal, production animal, equine or mixed animal, or other areas as approved (i.e. wildlife, research). All tracks share a core of 18 weeks of rotations covering multiple species, then depending on the track a further 7-9 weeks will be prescribed. The student will then have 7-9 weeks where they can choose to do externships (within New Zealand or overseas), or further clinics at Massey University. The semi-tracked, individualized final year curriculum allows students to further explore their area of interest while ensuring wide coverage of the main veterinary species.

The veterinary facilities are of a high international standard, and are currently being expanded and reno­vated. There are numerous other university-run animal units (dairy, beef, sheep and deer farms, equine blood typing unit, feline unit, large animal teaching unit, etc.) on or adjacent to the Palmerston North campus. The veterinary teaching hospital sees first opinion cases as well as referral cases to provide a balanced clinical experience for the students. The Massey University veterinary school staff are collegial, motivated, highly qualified individuals, many of whom are board certified specialists in their discipline.

The vet school is located in Palmerston North, a stu­dent-friendly town of 75,000 in the lower central north island of New Zealand. Nicknamed “student city,” Palmerston North offers free bus service to Massey stu­dents and is home to numerous cafés, restaurants, bars, theatres, and outdoor recreational activities. Palmerston North is a one-hour flight from Auckland, is conveniently close to west coast beaches, and is just under a two-hour drive to the Hawke’s Bay wine region, skiing and snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu and the capital city, Wellington. Renowned for an excellent lifestyle, New Zealand is a great place to study abroad for your AVMA accredited veterinary degree.


Specific information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation, the supplemental application and direct application) can be found on the Massey University veterinary school website listed in the con­tact details above.

US and Canadian residents may apply to Massey University by either:

1.     VMCAS and a supplemental Massey Uni­versity application or

2.     Direct application to Massey University.


All other non-New Zealand residents are to apply directly to Massey University

Residency implications: All non-New Zealand resident students require a student visa, which is easily obtained following an offer of admission into the program. Students must be able to ensure financial support for the duration of their course.



Group 1 (semester 1)

Application deadline: November 1

Date letters of admission to semester 1 sent: once completed application received and processed.

School begins: late February (semester 1)

Date acceptances into the veterinary degree program mailed: early July

Date veterinary degree program begins: mid-July (semester 2)

Group 2

VMCAS application deadline: Thursday, October 2, 2014 1:00 PM Eastern Time (VMCAS application com­pleted online. Supplemental application with all supple­mentary documents to be received by November 1.)

Direct applicants: November 1 (including all supple­mentary documents)

Date acceptances mailed: from late December

School begins: mid-July 2014 (semester 2)

Deposit (to hold Group 2 position): $NZ 1,500.00

Deferments: offers of a place in semester 2 of the program are for a single year only. Deferments are not per­mitted. Deferments of offers of a place in semester 1 of the program (Group 1 applicants) are permitted.


Group 1

Weighted GPA (Minimum of a B average across all 4 semester one classes needed to be eligible for selection. Actual GPA for selection is generally higher): 80%

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) This is the Australian equivalent to the GRE and is held at Massey University in the June examination period at the end of semester one: 20%

Group 2

Science GPA: 50%

GRE General Test: 50%


Course requirements

Group 1: Competitive Selection into Vet School via Semester 1 (10-14 places available)

Group 1 applicants come to Massey University to complete a semester (beginning in late February of each year) of full-time science study (4 classes) at Massey University in order to develop a GPA for selection. Credit will be given where similar classes to the four prerequisite classes have already been completed, and alternate science classes will be chosen by the student.

Group 2: Competitive Selection directly into BVSc Semester 2 (10-14 places available)

Applicants are required to have completed at least two full years of full-time, largely science based univer­sity education. Applicants need to have passed classes equivalent to the 4 standard Massey University veteri­nary prerequisite classes:

Massey University Class: Usual classes needed for credit


Chemistry and Living Systems: General chemistry + Organic chemistry


Physics for Life Sciences: 1 year of physics


Biology of Cells (molecular) biology +/- First year biol­ogy series


Biology of Animals: Animal biology / vertebrate zoology

Each of the above classes should include laboratories.

Required undergraduate GPA: A minimum science GPA of 3.00 is required to be eligible for selection into the veterinary degree.

Course completion deadline:

Group 1: not applicable; courses completed in New Zealand.

Group 2: all required courses should be completed by the end of the fall semester in the year prior to matriculation (i.e., Fall 2014 for matriculation in 2015).

Standardized examinations:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, is required for Group 2 applicants only. Test scores should be no older than 5 years immediately preceding the ap­plication deadline. Scores must be received by the sup­plemental application deadline.

The STAT-F test is required for Group 1 applicants only. The test will be offered at Massey University in the June examination period. In the uncommon situation that a student sat the STAT-F test elsewhere the deadline for submission of scores would be June 15.


All VMCAS applicants must complete the supplemental application for Massey University. Your application will not be processed until we have received your sup­plemental application.

The supplemental application consists of:

                A Massey University application for ad­mission as an international student.

                Your GRE score—either a sealed original copy or a copy supplied directly from ETS.

                A letter signed by a veterinarian on his/her clinic letterhead verifying you have com­pleted a minimum of 10 days (80 hours) work experience at their clinic. eLORs submitted by veterinarians as part of the VMCAS application can be substituted for the signed letter.


Letters of recommendation are not required. A bachelor’s degree is not a prerequisite requirement for admis­sion into the veterinary degree.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? No

Is this an International School? Yes


Estimated Tuition Resident: subsidized

Estimated Tuition Contract: 0

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $NZ 54,600


Resident: 81

Contract: 0

Non-Resident: 24


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, is required for Group 2 appli­cants only. Test scores should be no older than 5 years immediately preceding the application.

VMCAS Participation: partial

Accepts International Students? Yes


Please note: the tuition fees are in New Zealand dollars. The actual cost in your currency will depend on the exchange rate at the time of paying tuition fees. The NZD is traditionally lower than the USD and CAD.

Application Deadline: 11/1/2014

VMCAS Deadline: 10/2/2014  
Page Updated: 05/01/14 tw
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