Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Public Health)

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When you study the Master of Veterinary Studies (Public Health) you will be learning from a world-leading group of researchers and teachers, internationally- recognised for their contribution to progress in the areas of One Health and epidemiology.

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What is it like?

You may be in a government position and needing to know more about disease surveillance and/or food safety. Or you may come from a veterinary background and be interested in learning more about animal health and the transmission of pathogen to humans (zoonoses).

In the Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Public Health) you will learn from our world-leading experts how to help create solutions to reduce the impact of animal pathogens on human health, including the prevention and control of food and water borne pathogens.

Focus on food, water and disease

The Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Public Health) is a research-focused qualification. It has a focus on issues around food safety, water quality and zoonotic diseases - issues that have a crossover between animal and human health.

Internationally-relevant research

Massey University is internationally-renowned for its expertise in this area. We have a unique strength in veterinary public health, both in our research experience in epidemiology and in our on-the-ground experience in implementing preventative programmes in Central Asia. You will be able to work with and learn from four groups that are actively working on different aspects of research and training:

  • mEpiLab
  • The EpiCentre
  • IDRec, our infectious diseases centre and
  • The One Health programme which is training people in Asia around epidemiology issues.

Global recognition

The mEpiLab and EpiCentre are both OIE (World Assembly of the World Organisation for Animal Health) collaborating centres – the only ones in Australasia.

Massey University’s veterinary programme is ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide by both the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking and ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Multi-disciplinary expertise

The area of public health crosses over into many other scientific disciplines. You will able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise and specialised equipment in relevant areas such as microbiology, molecular biology, mathematics, genomics and other areas.

Sought-after by employers

Massey University’s reputation in this area will mean your degree will be viewed favourably by employers, both within New Zealand and internationally.

What do you want to do?

The Master of Veterinary Studies is a 240 credit qualification for students who want to pursue postgraduate study and research. This qualification is a partly-taught with a large, in-depth research project. You will learn and focus on highly-topical and globally-relevant issues.

A good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about epidemiology and public health
  • Wish to gain a more in-depth and global perspective on epidemiology, including molecular epidemiology, and public health issues, using the latest research
  • Have specific solutions you would like to research or issues that you or your country are facing


Careers for those with a qualification include community health workers, environmental specialists, health educators and epidemiologists. You may gain a role as a public health advisor in a central or local government role, within a pharmaceutical company or work with other health professionals in providing solutions to public-health related issues.

Many of the students in this qualification are already in employment in a related area and need to upskill in the specifics of public health.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s public health staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Professor Nigel French

A leading researcher in epidemiology and public health, Nigel French is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has been widely recognised for his research and teaching. He is Director of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre, Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre, and Executive Director of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health laboratory at Massey University.

Among his many appointments he is Visiting Professor at the Universities of Liverpool and Surrey, UK, an Honorary Professor at the University of Otago, and a Fellow of Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

His main research interests are: Molecular epidemiology, pathogen evolution, ecosystem health, food and environmental pathogens, particularly Campylobacter, E. coli, Cryptosporidium and Salmonella.

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