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Massey University Veterinary School
Massey University
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 Australasia.
The Massey University Veterinary School accepts up to 24 international students annually with a total class size of just under 100. 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 and 2 of the program focus primarily on instruction in the core medical sciences tailored for veterinary students to learn normal form and function. In year 3 and 4 classes help the student recognize abnormality and focus on the medicine, surgery, health management, diagnostics and treatment of companion and agricultural animal species. 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 with 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 and free bikes 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 country’s capital city, Wellington. Renowned for an excellent lifestyle, New Zealand is a great place to study abroad for your AVMA accredited veterinary degree.
Application Information
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.
Prerequisites for Admissions
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 Cell (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 2: all required courses should be completed by the end of the fall semester in the year prior to matriculation (i.e. Fall 2013 for matriculation in 2014).
Group 1: not applicable; courses completed in New Zealand.
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 (see below).
The STAT-F test is required for Group 1 applicants only. The test will be offered at Massey University in the semester 1 examination period (June). In the uncommon situation that a student sat the STAT-F test elsewhere the deadline for submission of scores would be June 15.
Additional requirements and considerations: 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 and instructions on completing the application can be found at http: // animal-biomedical-sciences/vetschool/apply/applying-vmcas.cfm
A letter signed by a veterinarian on his/her clinic letterhead verifying you have completed a minimum of 10 days’ work experience at their clinic.
Letters of recommendation are not required. A bachelor’s degree is not a prerequisite requirement for admission into the veterinary degree.
Summary of Admission Procedure
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: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 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 (semester 2) 2014
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.
Evaluation criteria
Group 1
Weighted GPA 80% (Minimum of a B average across all 4 first semester
classes needed to be eligible for selection)
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 the first semester.
Group 2
Science GPA 50%
GRE® General Test 50%
2011 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Residents 300   77
International Group 1   61   20
International Group 2 118     4
Total 479 101
Expenses for the 2013 Academic Year
Resident residents of New Zealand are government subsidized
International Semester 1 $NZ 12,700
Semesters 2–9 $NZ 26,250 ($NZ 52,500 per year)
Please note - the above tuition fees are in NZ dollars. The actual cost in your currency will depend on the exchange rate at the time of paying tuition fees. The NZD is traditionally substantially lower than USD and CAD.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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