Distance learning

Celebrating 50 years of distance learning

Massey University has over 50 years experience in distance learning. We use online tools and resources to remove the distance from distance education. We supplement that with other modes of teaching and learning, as covered below.

Online tools and resources

Online tools and resources used in the Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) programme include:

  • Online discussions and presentations
  • Online conferencing (Adobe Connect meetings and webinars, Mediasite recordings)
  • Video clips and animations
  • Audio clips
  • Online case studies
  • Massey University Library online

Massey University Library online

Massey University Library has a dedicated service for distance learning. You can:

  • Search the online catalogue wherever you are
  • Download articles from online journals
  • Request copies of articles or textbook materials

Printed study guides

Printed study guides lead you through your study in a structured way. They may include

  • Course notes written by your lecturer
  • Up-to-date and relevant reviews
  • Readings from scientific literature, with comments
  • Guidance on specific topics, with examples
  • Reflective activities

Some courses use study guides only. Others require a textbook as well. Both are excellent resources for future reference.

Contact course (on-campus workshop) - optional

Each MVM course includes a two or three day on-campus workshop. All workshops are held at the  Massey University campus in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Your lecturer, and sometimes other experts, will lead this workshop. It includes lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions (where applicable). You can get to know your teacher and other students in person; you can also enjoy the delights of New Zealand.

We recommend you attend this event in person if you can; but, attendance is optional. If you can't make it, you will be able to join some non-practical sessions live from home via the internet.


All MVM courses are graded, allowing you to demonstrate your achievement in continuing education. Assessment methods include online test, case-based assessments/discussions, portfolio assignments and examinations.

Most assessments take place online. Paper-based assessments are held at a centre near you (this includes international sites).

Lecturers and support staff

All MVM lecturers are experts in their veterinary fields and experienced in tertiary and distance teaching. They come from all around the world.

Learn more about specific lecturers

Lecturers communicate in a range of ways to help answer your questions. You can contact them by email and through the online discussion areas. Online feedback tools, audio, video and slide presentations may be used. Offline communication includes the study guide and feedback on written assessments.

Distance learning is a priority at Massey, and entire teams are devoted to it. Other academic and administrative staff, including those at the National Centre for Teaching & Learning, support the MVM. For more information on online learning follow this link.

Vet distance learning—the MVM way

Join a worldwide online learning community of veterinarians. Listen from some of our students at the recent Ophthalmology contact workshop.

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