Bachelor of Veterinary Technology (BVetTech)

Key facts

  • First semester available at Albany
  • Available at Manawatū
  • 3 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ only
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Become a paramedic of the animal world

Vet technologists are to vets, what paramedics are to doctors. Join the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology to make a significant contribution to animal health and welfare.

What is it like?

Veterinary medicine is steadily advancing with greater use of science and technology to care for animals. As a veterinary paraprofessional, you will be an integral member of the modern animal health care team.

Veterinary technologists make a significant contribution to animal health and welfare along with the economic development of New Zealand.

Massey University’s veterinary school has been ranked fourth in the world by employers in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking. We are ranked no.25 for our veterinary science programme.

A career with a future

As a veterinary technologist you will be relevant and valuable to the future of veterinary and allied animal health professions. Veterinary technology has been identified as one of the top three recession-proof professions internationally.

Massey’s Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is a broad veterinary-science-based degree which will expose you to various fields in the veterinary and related animal health professions. You will be taught alongside veterinary science students in an applied clinical environment and work with a variety of animal species.

Do what you want

In your final year, you follow an area of interest (track) to gain more knowledge and experience ­in small animals, production animals, equine or business.

You will contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities through the application of research-led veterinary practice. The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology will teach you how to be relevant to contemporary vet practice. You will also work in partnership with other veterinary specialists such as pathologists, animal behaviour specialists, production animal consultants and industry bodies to help animals experiencing illness.

A good fit if you:

  • enjoy sciences and mathematics
  • would like to work with animals
  • like working in a team
  • have great written and oral communication skills
  • are good at analysing situations
Sam Tennent
Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
Graduated in 2011
Farm Solutions Manager at LIC

“The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology provided the perfect combination of veterinary science knowledge, clinical experience, and management preparation that I needed…”

I always wanted a career working with animals, however when I fell pregnant in year 13 I had to weigh up my options. I went along to Massey Open Day and was thrilled to discover a degree within the veterinary industry that could be used outside of a clinical setting and didn’t involve committing to five years full time study.

Massey was the perfect choice for me because it is the only university in New Zealand that offers this type of degree. Plus it was close to home so I could enjoy the support of my family while studying and raising my son.

My years at Massey were some of the best in my life – the people I met, the friends I made and the experiences I had were invaluable.

In my final year I chose to specialise in ‘Production Animals’ as my passion lay in farming. I’m now working at LIC, where I work with farmers to help them improve livestock performance and farm productivity. In 2015 I was awarded the top Farm Solutions Manager in the lower north island, as well as the National Award for individual performance.

The skills I gained during my time at Massey really gave me a step up in my career. The agriculture papers I completed during my degree help me understand what farmers are facing on a daily basis, and my animal science knowledge means I can provide solutions to my clients that are educated and sustainable.


Veterinary technologists complement veterinarians in government agencies and the veterinary industry. A veterinary technology degree will provide graduates with skill in critical thinking, problem solving, and independent learning; this will prepare them for supervisory and management positions.

Examples of career opportunities for veterinary technologists with a BVetTech degree include:

  • Clinic staff supervisors or hospital managers
  • Animal behaviour advisors to clients about problem pets
  • Specialty practice technologists (examples include dermatology, surgery, internal medicine, and critical case care)
  • Biomedical research technologists and laboratory animal managers
  • Instructors in veterinary nursing/technology programs and veterinary school hospitals
  • Herd health technologists on food animal, poultry, or equine farms
  • Pharmaceutical sales and marketing representatives
  • Health technologists in zoos, animal control, or humane societies
  • Food or livestock inspectors for government agencies
  • Zoo veterinary hospital or wildlife rehabilitation technologists
  • Marketing and/or teaching roles in veterinary organisations and practices
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