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
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
US and Canadian residents may apply to Massey University by
VMCAS and a supplemental Massey University application or
Direct application to Massey University.
All other non-New Zealand residents are to apply directly to
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.
SUMMARY OF ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES
Group 1 (semester 1)
Date letters of admission to semester 1 sent:
application received and processed.
late February (semester 1)
Date acceptances into the veterinary degree program mailed:
Date veterinary degree program begins:
mid-July (semester 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.)
November 1 (including all supplementary documents)
Date acceptances mailed:
from late December
mid-July 2014 (semester 2)
Deposit (to hold Group 2 position):
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.
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%
Science GPA: 50%
GRE General Test: 50%
Competitive Selection into Vet School via Semester 1 (10-14
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
Competitive Selection directly into BVSc Semester 2 (10-14
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
for Life Sciences: 1 year of physics
Biology of Cells (molecular) biology +/- First year biology
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:
not applicable; courses completed in New Zealand.
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
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.
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 consists of:
A Massey University application for admission as an
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?
Is this an International School?
Estimated Tuition Resident:
Estimated Tuition Contract:
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident:
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.
Accepts International Students?
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.
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