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Massey University candidates for the National Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) in the USA achieved the following pass rates:
November/December 2009 and April 2010 – 96%
November/December 2010 and April 2011 – 100%
November/December 2011 and April 2012 – 87%
November/December 2012 and April 2013 – 88%
The NAVLE pass mark required for continued accreditation is 80%.
Only at Massey University. To practise as a veterinarian in New Zealand you must have a qualification which is registrable with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. The Massey University BVSc is the only qualification available in this country which is recognized by the Veterinary Council for registration. A number of veterinary nursing qualifications (diplomas or certificates) are available at NZ tertiary institutions (including Massey), but these are for people providing assistance to veterinarians.
Yes - in a number of countries. Massey graduates are eligible to register as veterinarians in New Zealand, USA, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa and Papua-New Guinea. In addition they are able to sit registration exams in some countries in Europe and Asia. AVMA and CVMA accreditation means that veterinary students graduating from Massey University will now be treated in the same manner by registration authorities in North America (USA and Canada) as students qualifying from accredited North American veterinary schools.
They are well trained in both these aspects and in practical areas probably better trained than graduates from many other veterinary programmes. A requirement for them to undertake practical farm work and veterinary practical work, in addition to that gained at vet school, contributes in this regard. Also New Zealand's animal welfare legislation allows veterinary undergraduates to undertake a lot of procedures (under veterinary supervision) which are not possible in some other countries. With this practical experience our graduates are generally highly sought after, particularly in the UK, because of their practical abilities.
Veterinary students have to do around 20 weeks of practical work, divided into 14 weeks farm practical work and veterinary practical work. That is in addition to the 10 days which they must do prior to coming to Massey University in order to be eligible for selection into the BVSc programme. The farm practical work is required to increase their experience and knowledge of farming and animals. In order to be counted towards the veterinary practical work requirement that aspect of the practical work must be done after the mid year break of BVSc 3. That is so that the student will have reached a level of veterinary knowledge sufficient to derive maximal benefit from the practical work. In BVSc 4 and 5 the students second semester timetable is specifically varied from that which applies for the rest of the university, to allow veterinary practical work experience during the height of the lambing and calving seasons. All of this veterinary and farm practical work must be done outside of the academic teaching periods.
No, places available for domestic government subsidised students in the BVSc degree, are separate to and unaffected by the places for international students.
Veterinarians are registered to work with all species, so our graduates must be trained across the major species. One of the recognised strengths of the Massey University BVSc is the fact that it is a general veterinary degree and graduates are well trained across the major species. The broader knowledge base of Massey BVSc graduates gives them much greater capacity to work in a wide range of different situations, which is desirable. If their interests change, as they often do, or if there is a change in availability of work in different sectors, that can be accommodated more readily than for graduates with degrees in which there is more specialization. The versatility of our graduates is another reason for their ready employability in New Zealand and overseas.
Almost without exception they readily find employment as veterinarians. . Over the last few years around 96% of graduates are in part or full-time employment within six months of graduation.
Particularly in the first year after completing at Massey, veterinary practice is the most common employment, with many having a preference for mixed (large and small animal) practice. After consolidating their clinical skills in that way many occupational opportunities may be taken up. Many stay in practice but that may include moving into specific practices such as small animal, equine, dairy, etc. Some veterinarians work for the government ensuring the safety of our food or investigating disease outbreaks. Some veterinarians go into academic positions at vet schools, polytechs or other tertiary institutions, while others go into research with academic institutions or private companies such as with AgResearch. Then the range becomes really diverse. It includes employment with pharmaceutical and animal feed companies, international disease control, working as editors and publishers and occasionally as TV presenters and in rock bands.
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No. In order to be fair all NZ Government subsidised students or Group 1 international students must be taking new classes (i.e. not repeating classes already completed) for their NZ based science GPA for selection. Also, should a student not be successful in being selected into the veterinary program repeating previous classes would mean they were essentially wasting time and not making academic progress towards obtaining a degree, which is not acceptable.
Yes you can, but you need to check with the Programme Administrator to find out which papers cross-credit to those in semester 1 of BVSc 1. A problem with that approach is that most other NZ universities do not have all cross-crediting papers in the first semester of the year, hence your first opportunity to gain selection into the professional phase of the BVSc is delayed by a year, until the middle of your second year at university.
The BVSc degree programme is academically very demanding, hence the people we select into the degree must be of high academic merit and capable of completing the programme in minimum time. All BVSc students are taught animal handling skills during their veterinary studies. That training is reinforced during required veterinary clinical and farm practical work.
This requirement was introduced to ensure that potential veterinary students gained some appreciation of the tasks that vets have to undertake. These include not only many pleasant interactions with clients and their animals, but also dealing with less pleasant clients, and tasks such as having to euthanase healthy animals, substantial legal and ethical responsibilities, business management responsibilities, etc, all of which provide a down side to the profession. Hopefully this experience will mean that the decision to become a veterinarian is made from a better informed position. You should complete your 10 days veterinary work experience before the start of the academic year. You will need to supply a letter from a veterinarian on their clinic letterhead verifying that you have completed at least the minimum of 10 days work experience with them.
If the previous university study was entirely in non-science subjects the previous grades will not be used. Only grades from science classes taken at the university level will be used in the calculation of your science GPA for selection into the BVSc program.
If they are from another NZ university, you may be able to but each case is judged separately.
For International students, grades from other Universities can be used for two purposes. One is to identify applicants who are eligible for selection as Group 2 applicants. As a Group 1 applicant if you have completed classes that are the same as those taken in the pre-selection semester then you would be given credit for those classes and other classes would need to be taken in their place. This will require review of the course content description, in order for a decision to be made about your eligibility to receive credits for these courses. You will then be required to take another paper in its place and the grade for this paper will also be used in calculating your weighted grade point average. This needs to be above a B average in order to be considered for selection. A policy document explains how you can select other papers.
No, not at present.
Yes they can. How they apply depends on their background. If your country does not have a veterinary school and is one of those countries that the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) supports Undergraduate study in, then you can apply for one of the two available positions. Successful applicants still need to meet the minimum academic requirements (B average) to be considered for selection. This is outlined in the document Selection into the Professional Phase of the BVSc.Otherwise applicants for BVSc selection can enter the course via two routes.
We do not have any limit on the number of times students may apply for selection. Many stay at Massey hoping to raise their WGPA enough to gain selection in subsequent year. Also the first (pre-selection) semester of the first year of the veterinary degree at Massey is designed to allow students who do not gain entry to the professional years of the veterinary course to cross-credit to other degrees.
Typically Semester One starts on the last Monday in February and ends in early June. With the exam period running until approximately June 20-24th. Semester two starts in mid-July and finishes in mid-late October. The semester 2 exam period runs from late October to mid-November. The exact dates vary from year to year. No classes in the veterinary degree are offered in the summer semester.
Most American veterinary students at Massey obtain US Federal Loans. Click here for information on Federal Aid:
For Canadian students access is available to Canadian Government loans. Massey is also recognised by www.iefc.com which can provide funds via the CanHELP program for any Canadian student that may need additional funds. Our school participation code is 013153.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016