International Student Affairs
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. Our program is also fully accredited by the Australasian
Veterinary Board Council (AVBC), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
and is recognised through reciprocity by the South African Veterinary
Association (SAVA). This means you could work as a veterinarian not only in the
USA and Canada, but also New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and many other
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. So you can be sure that as a Massey graduate you’ll be well prepared
for your veterinary career. In fact, in the 2016 QS rankings of veterinary programs
internationally, we were ranked the number four program in the world by employers.
The QS ranking is currently the only ranking system of veterinary programs around
the world (including North America).
MASSEY VETERINARY PROGRAM
We accept up to 24 international
students annually, with a total class size of 124. Our veterinary program is 5
years (10 semesters) in length, split into a “preselection” phase (one semester—beginning in February annually), and the “professional” phase (the remaining 9
semesters—4.5 years). In the pre-selection phase students compete for entry
into the professional phase.
As an international student, you could join our
program in one of two ways depending upon your academic background.
Professional phase entry for international students (Group 2)
Group 2 students compete for entry directly into the professional phase on the basis of their academic performance overseas. You need to have completed at least two years full-time or equivalent of an appropriate undergraduate degree. Students selected via this method would start in the professional phase in semester 2 (mid-July). See entrance requirements below for more information.
phase entry for international students (Group 1)
Group 1 international students
are those who do not
meet all of the eligibility criteria for Group 2, or do
but were not
selected for a Group 2 position. Group 1
students come to New Zealand
and complete the preselection
phase in order to prove their capability
for the professional phase. This is a great option
for those who
want to get into an AVMA accredited
veterinary program who may not
be the “traditional applicant”.
WHAT IS THE
Throughout years 1-4 you will
study core medical sciences (tailored for veterinary students), as well as
normal and then abnormal animal structure and function. Then you’ll be taught how
to “fix” animals, or return them to normal function through clinical studies,
medicine, surgery, and health management of companion and agricultural animal
A revised curriculum was
introduced in 2013 to further increase your learning and understanding by
integrating topics within and between years, and introducing problem-oriented
learning throughout the curriculum. This encourages students to apply the
information learned in the various classes to veterinary cases and scenarios designed
to develop problem solving and critical thinking. Additionally a greater
emphasis has been placed on professional studies, to further enhance your
success to further enhance your future career success. The fifth year is a
semi-tracked clinically based year.
You would 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 which
track you choose, you will have a further 7-9 weeks specified. You then have
7-9 weeks where you can choose to do externships (within New Zealand or
overseas), or further clinics at Massey University. The semi-tracked, individualized
final year curriculum allows you to further explore your area of interest while
ensuring wide coverage of the main veterinary species.
During the programme,
you will attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes, field trips, clinical sessions and rotations, and undertake farm and veterinary practical work outside of university semester
The veterinary school is located
in Palmerston North, a student-friendly town of 75,000 in the lower North
Island of New Zealand. 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. Nicknamed “student city,” Palmerston North offers
free bus services for Massey students and has lots of great cafés, restaurants,
bars, theatres, and outdoor recreational activities.
Renowned for an excellent
lifestyle, New Zealand is a great place to study abroad for your AVMA accredited
You can find more specific
information (deadlines, fees, VMCAS participation, the supplemental application
and direct application) on the Massey University veterinary school website. If
you are a US or Canadian resident you can 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
All non-New Zealand resident students require a student
visa, which is easily obtained following an offer of admission into the
program. A requirement for a visa is that students must be able to demonstrate
financial support for the duration of their course (e.g. Federal Aid loan
admission to pre-selection (semester 1) sent:
Once completed application reviewed.
Pre-selection phase of school begins:
2018 (semester 1)
Acceptances into the professional phase of the veterinary degree program notified:
Professional phase of veterinary
degree program begins:
Mid-July 2018 (semester 2)
, September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time.
Online Massey University supplemental application with all supplementary documents
to be received by November 1, 2017. Please note, your application will not be
processed until you complete your Massey University supplemental application.
1, 2017 (including all supplementary documents)
from late December 2017
mid-July 2018 (semester 2)
hold Group 2 position): $
NZ 1,500.00 (non-refundable)
Group 1 offers (into the preselection phase - semester 1 of the program) are
permitted. Offers of a place in semester 2 of the program are for a single year
only and as such deferments are not permitted.
The 2018 selection process for
Group 1 students is based 50% on academic performance and 50% on non-academic criteria. Please see the website for more detail.
Science GPA and GRE: 50%
Non-academic criteria: 50%
This will include an internet based multiple mini interview
If you are a Group
1 applicant you would 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. If you
have already taken similar classes to one or more of the four prerequisite
classes, you’ll be given credit for these and choose alternate science classes
to replace them.
Selection directly into the professional phase BVSc Semester 2 (6-10 places
To be eligible for group 2 you would need to have completed at
least two full years of full-time, largely science-based university education,
including classes equivalent to the 4 Massey University veterinary prerequisite
Massey University Class: Usual
classes needed for credit
123.101 Chemistry and Living
Systems: General chemistry + Organic chemistry
124.111 Physics for Life
Sciences: 1 year of physics
162.101 Biology of Cells
(molecular) biology +/- First year biology series
199.101 Biology of Animals:
Animal biology / vertebrate zoology
Each of the above classes
should include laboratories.
A minimum science GPA of 3.00 is required to be eligible
for selection into the professional phase (Semester 2) of veterinary degree.
applicable; courses completed in New Zealand.
All four of
the pre-requisite courses (or their equivalent) should be completed by the end
of the fall semester in the year prior to matriculation (e.g. Fall 2017 for
matriculation in 2018).
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.
REQUIREMENTS AND CONSIDERATIONS
All VMCAS applicants must
complete the supplemental application for Massey University. Your application will
not be processed until you have submitted your online supplemental application.
supplemental application consists of:
• An online Massey University
application form for admission as an international student.
We also require the
following but you usually do not need to supply these as they are sourced
directly from NAVLE or ETS once you have completed your supplemental application:
• Your GRE score – from ETS.
• Your transcripts – from NAVLE
• Verification of your
veterinary practical work experience – A letter signed by a veterinarian verifying
you have completed a minimum of 10 days (80 hours) work experience at their
clinic. ELoR’s submitted by veterinarians as part of the VMCAS application can
be substituted for the signed letter. Letters of recommendation are not
A bachelors degree is not a prerequisite requirement for admission into the veterinary degree.
Is a Bachelor’s
Is this an
Tuition Non-Resident: $
NZ 30,185 per semester
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.
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. Historically once conversion rates are accounted for, tuition fees at Massey University are usually in the third least expensive for out-of-state schools.
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