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Veterinary science is a rewarding area of study, and Massey is the only place in New Zealand you can study to become a veterinarian.

This page provides you with the portal for applying for the professional phase of the veterinary programme (BVSc), as well as all the overview information about getting into the veterinary programme. Clicking the “Apply now” button to the right will take you automatically to the application for selection into the professional phase of the veterinary degree. Before you go ahead and apply, please carefully read the information below.

Degree structure

The BVSc is a 5-year degree that is divided into a pre-selection semester and a professional phase (4.5 semesters).

The professional phase

The professional phase is essentially “vet school proper” and starts in semester 2 (mid-July) each year. If you are selected into the professional phase of the BVSc programme, you will take a range of courses covering everything you need to become a qualified veterinarian.

The pre-selection semester

The pre-selection semester occurs at Massey University in semester 1 (beginning late February) each year) and is your opportunity to compete for entry into the professional phase of the veterinary degree. During this semester you’ll need to complete the pre-requisite courses for selection into the professional phase (or alternates if you are given credit for these courses). You’ll also complete a range of selection assessments as detailed in “selection to the professional phase” below. Your grades from your courses along with the results of your selection assessments will be utilised to determine your selection score for ranking for selection into the professional phase.

Not everyone gets selected into the professional phase on their first attempt, so many people try again. This is what we call a Group B domestic student. If you’re reapplying for professional phase selection, you don’t enrol in the pre-selection semester again, and instead just re-apply for selection into the professional phase (using the “Apply now” button on this page).

There is no limit on the number of places in the pre-selection phase, so you can enrol as long as you meet the requirements for admission to Massey University. However, the better prepared you are, the better your chances of selection into the professional phase.

Preparing for the pre-selection semester

In order to give yourself the best chance of success it is recommended that you have a good background in maths and science. For NZ students coming directly out of high school NCEA, the recommended preparation before commencing the pre-selection semester is:

  • 14-20 credits of NCEA Level 3 chemistry, biology and physics
  • At least one mathematics subject to NCEA Level 3 (calculus, statistics or modelling)
  • NCEA Level 2 English to meet the university admission requirements

What if you haven’t got a strong science and maths background? Here’s some advice for those who don’t meet recommendations or have not studied science recently.

What type of applicant are you?

You may have just finished high school, have been working or studying for some time or be coming to Massey from another country.
Depending on your current circumstances there are variations in the regulations for entry to the veterinary programme so it is important you understand where you ‘fit’. Use the information below to help you know what type of applicant you are so that you’re reading the right information for you. If you’re unsure of which type of applicant you would be, please email me us on academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and put the subject line “Vet selection advice

Domestic Students

Domestic students are required to complete at least one semester of university study in New Zealand to develop their GPA for selection into the professional phase. Domestic students are divided into Group A and Group B, depending on whether or not they have to apply for the pre-selection semester.

Group A Domestic Student

Group A domestic students enrol in the pre-selection semester at Massey University to compete for entry into the professional phase. You’re a Group A student if you:

  • have not been enrolled in the vet pre-selection semester at Massey University before AND;
  • have not completed any full time university science study (i.e. school leaver) OR
  • have not completed the professional phase pre-requisite classes (or their equivalent) OR
  • have studied at another university and are enrolling at Massey for the first time OR
  • have only studied at university outside New Zealand

As a group A student you’ll need to complete two applications – one for the pre-selection semester and a second application for the BVSc professional phase. both applications. Apply for the pre-selection semester by Nov 1 and the professional phase by March 15.

Group B Domestic Student

Group B domestic students apply for entry directly into the professional phase on the basis of their previous, full –time university study in New Zealand. You’re a Group B domestic student if you:

  • have already been enrolled in the vet pre-selection semester at Massey University before and are now re-applying for professional phase selection;
  • have completed one or more semesters of full-time university science study in New Zealand within 3 years (36 months) of when you’re applying to start the professional phase (i.e. July 2015 for July 2018 entry);
  • have completed your previous university study at another New Zealand university other than Massey AND have completed all the pre-requisite classes already.

As a group B student you’ll only apply for the professional phase and will need to do so by March15. However, we recommend you apply by November 1 of the previous year so that we can assess your application and advise what courses in your previous study count for credit or the selection GPA, and whether you are definitely a Group B student.

Group 2 International Students

Group 2 international students compete for entry directly into the professional phase on the basis of their academic performance overseas. In order to be eligible for selection into the professional phase as a Group 2 international student, you will need to have completed at least two years full-time (or equivalent) of an appropriate undergraduate degree, and meet the 4 eligibility criteria for selection into the professional phase (see selection below). Students selected via this method would start in the professional phase in semester 2 (mid-July).

Group 1 International Students

Group 1 international students are those who either do not meet all of the eligibility criteria for Group 2,or do meet the criteria but were not ranked highly enough to be offered a Group 2 position. 

Group 1 students come to New Zealand and complete the pre-selection semester in order to prove their capability for the professional phase.

Places in the programme

As many people want to become veterinarians, there are more applicants for the professional phase than the number of places available. Around 300 domestic students apply for 100 places, and there are also 24 separate international student places. As such all applicants will go through a selection process to determine who will be offered the places.

Applying for and enrolling in the BVSc

There is a separate application for each of the vet pre-selection semester and the professional phase of the BVSc, but not every applicant will need to complete them both.

Based on what type of applicant you are from above, the table below shows you what you need to apply for and the timelines for these application. For each application there are two dates. If you apply by the “Advising due date” we can then give you the advice to ensure you’re taking the best pathway and know all that you need to. The “Application deadline” s the final, non-negotiable deadline by which you must apply or your application will not be accepted for that year.

 

Pre-Selection Semester Application

BVSc Professional Phase Application

 

Advising due date

Final deadline

 Advising due date

 Final deadline

Group A domestic

Nov 1

Sem 1 start date

Nov 1

March 15

Group B domestic

N/A

N/A

Nov 1

March 15

Group 1 International

Nov 1

Jan 15*

Nov 1

March 15

Group 2 International

N/A

N/A

Nov 1

Dec 1 (prev. year)

*International applicants from some countries may be able to apply after this date.  Please contact the Admissions Team for International Applications for further advice.

Enrolment and applying for the pre-selection phase

Group A domestic students

To apply for the pre-selection semester, go to the Vet (BVSc) pre-selection page and click the apply now button.

Group B domestic students

You may have already completed the equivalent of some or all of the pre-requisite courses, so you don’t need to apply for the pre-selection semester now. Contact Student Administration for advice on credit assessment and selection of alternate courses instead of the pre-requisite courses. This should be done by 1st November in the year prior to which you wish to apply for selection.

Group 1 International Students

To apply for the pre-selection semester, go to the Vet (BVSc) pre-selection page and click the apply now button.

Along with your application, you will need to:

  • Submit a verified copy of your birth certificate or passport (a valid passport that will not expire during your time here in New Zealand).
  • Request your English language proficiency scores be sent to Massey University. There are different IELTS requirements for entry into the pre-selection and professional phases.
    • Pre-selection – you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5).
    • Professional phase –to be eligible for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 (no band less than 6.5).
    • Applicants that have completed at least 6 years of secondary or tertiary education in countries where English is the recognised first language (e.g. USA, Canada, UK etc.) may be given exemption from this requirement.
  • Have a veterinarian(s) complete and submit this form to confirm you have completed at least 10 days (80 hours) veterinary practice work experience.
  • Submit academic transcripts of ALL your previous university courses completed (if any),

Once your admission has been approved, you will receive an ‘offer of place’. When you accept this offer and pay your tuition fees you will receive a confirmed offer of place. You’ll need this to apply for a student visa as the confirmed offer fulfils the accommodation requirement of the visa application. You should apply for a student visa as soon as you receive your confirmed offer of a place at Massey University. Contact the New Zealand Consulate/Embassy in your location regarding the steps needed to obtain a student visa.

Once you have had your place confirmed you can enrol in courses. If you have not studied at university previously, enrol in the pre-requisite courses. If you have studied at university you may have already completed the equivalent of some or all of the pre-requisite courses. Contact Student Administration for advice on credit assessment and selection of alternate courses instead of the pre-requisite courses.

For any questions regarding your admission to Massey University email international@massey.ac.nz

Group 2 International Students

You DO NOT need to apply for the pre-selection semester as Group 2 students apply for admission directly into the professional phase.

Applying for the BVSc Professional Phase

All students need to apply for admission into the professional phase via the “Apply Now” button on this page.

For those that also have to apply for the pre-selection phase, complete that application PRIOR to applying for the professional phase.

The number of applicants for admission into the professional phase exceeds the number of places available, so students must be selected to progress into this phase. In order to be eligible for selection into the professional phase, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete the minimum required work experience of 10 full days (80 hours) in a veterinary clinic.
  2. Pass all the pre-requisite Massey University courses (classes), or their equivalent, at another university.
  3. Achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a B or better from your university courses

Sit all of the selection assessments.

All Domestic and Group 1 International Students

Your standard application for selection into the professional phase is due on 15 March of the year you are applying for professional phase admission. Late applications are not accepted.

There is an application fee for selection into the professional phase. This will need to be paid by May 1 of that same year. For 2018 it is likely to be around $110, but is still to be confirmed.

There will be an additional fee of $50 CAD (Canadian dollars) for sitting the CASPer selection assessment (see below for more details regarding CASPer). This is paid directly to the providers of CASPer as part of your online enrolment to sit CASPer.

Non-standard applications

For domestic students, there are three additional non-standard sections under which an applicant may apply: Treaty of Waitangi, Minority and Special Consideration. For Group 1 international students, the only non-standard application option is Special Consideration.

All applicants must meet the minimum selection requirements regardless of whether they are a standard or non-standard applicant.

Group 2 International Students only

Your application for admission into the professional phase is due on 1 November of the year prior to the year you are applying for professional phase admission. So for professional phase entry in 2018, you would need to apply by November 1, 2017. Late applications may not be accepted.

If you are applying for entry at Massey University via the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS), you will still need to complete the supplemental application, which can be accessed by clicking the “Apply Now” button on this page. More on VMCAS.

As part of your application, you will need to:

  • Submit a verified copy of your birth certificate or a valid passport that will not expire during your time here in New Zealand.
  • Request your English language proficiency scores be sent to Massey University. To be eligible for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 (no band less than 6.5). For applicants from countries where English is the recognised first language and the applicants has completed at least 6 years of secondary or tertiary education, this requirement is waived (e.g. USA, Canada, UK etc.)
  • Have a veterinarian(s) complete and submit this form to confirm you have completed at least 10 days (80 hours) veterinary practice work experience. If you are applying through VMCAS we will use your eLORs for this purpose.
  • Submit academic transcripts of ALL your previous university courses completed (if any),
  • Complete and attach a declaration that you do not have any criminal convictions. This must be witnessed by a notary public, justice of the peace, a solicitor or a commissioner of oaths The witness must use an official stamp (in English) on the front of the document and sign and date the document. The Criminal Conviction statement should be worded as follows:
    • "I, (NAME), solemnly and sincerely declare that I have not been convicted of any criminal offence which might prejudice my future registration as a Veterinarian."

When your completed application has been received, it will be forwarded to the veterinary school for assessment for selection to the professional phase. Following the veterinary school assessment, your application outcome will be emailed to you by the international admission office.

If you are offered a place and you accept your offer, you will then receive a confirmed offer of place. You’ll need this to apply for a student visa as the confirmed offer fulfils the accommodation requirement of the visa application. You should apply for a student visa as soon as you receive your confirmed offer of a place at Massey University. Contact the New Zealand Consulate/Embassy in your location regarding the steps needed to obtain a student visa.

For any questions regarding your admission to Massey University as a Group 2 international student email international@massey.ac.nz.

If you are not offered a Group 2 place but have met the Massey University admission requirements you may be offered the option of enrolling as a Group 1 student.

Additional entry information for other groups

  • VMCAS applicants
  • Students who have not recently studied, or who do not have a science background
  • Transferring students from other veterinary programmes

Selection into the professional phase

Please note

The veterinary selection process is complex, so written advice should be sought from specialist Academic Advisors on the Veterinary Portfolio in the Student Advice and Information Unit. This is especially important for students who have completed any previous university level study.  Please do not seek advice about veterinary selection from any other university staff members as only the specialist veterinary advisors are trained regarding the many factors that must be considered. Please be reminded that in your application for admission you have agreed that you will not rely on verbal advice.

Background to the Selection Process Review and Changes

The veterinary student selection process at Massey University has been under review over the past 3 years with the intention to introduce non-academic (NAC) performance assessment into the selection process. The drivers for incorporating NAC were our observations of student selection and success, which were supported by international research which suggests that academic ability alone is not sufficient for success as a veterinary student or as a veterinarian. The decision to introduce NAC assessment into the selection process was reinforced by strong support from a nationwide survey of all veterinarians in New Zealand, and direction from international accrediting bodies.

A robust review of the selection process was conducted that incorporated extensive exploration of the possible NAC assessment options including those used to select veterinary and medical students in reputable programmes globally. This information, along with our resource and timeframe factors, was considered to develop a short-list of appropriate tools to assess non-academic personal characteristics of veterinary applicants. Working in partnership with internationally respected experts in medical and veterinary student selection and literacy, the short-list of assessment tools were developed and piloted with the 2016 veterinary pre-selection cohort. All of this informed the revised selection process that was introduced in 2017.

Selection into the Professional Phase

All applicants must meet the selection criteria as detailed below in order to be eligible for selection into the professional phase. You will also sit several assessments to assess both your academic and non-academic performance. A selection score will then be calculated for all eligible applicants as described below. Students will be ranked for selection in descending order based on this score, and positions will be offered on the basis of this ranking and non-standard application decisions until all available positions are filled. There is a $105 non-refundable application fee that is payable in late March.

Group 2 international students

Your selection score will be calculated 50% from academic performance (GPA) and 50% from non-academic performance assessment (likely video based MMI +/- CASPer – to be confirmed).

All domestic and Group 1 international students

Your selection score will be calculated 50% from academic performance assessment (GPA, STAT-F, and Written Communication Assessment), and 50% from non-academic performance assessment (Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and Situational Judgement testing – written format, and CASPer (video format SJT).

Selection Testing Weekend

With the exception of the video based Situational Judgement Test called CASPer, the remainder of the selection assessments will occur during a testing weekend in Palmerston North. The date for 2018 is scheduled to be April 21-22 but is still to be confirmed. All domestic and Group 1 international students will need to participate in this testing weekend as failure to participate in any of these assessments will result in exclusion from selection into the professional phase. Your return travel, food and accommodation in Palmerston North for the vet selection testing weekend will be at your arrangement and expense. Please make arrangements early to allow yourself the most cost effective options. 

The date and time for the video based Situational Judgement Test called CASPer is yet to be confirmed but will be in April 2018.

All students - selection criteria

To be eligible for selection into the professional phase of the veterinary programme you must meet all of the four criteria listed below Please expand the titles for more detail.

1. Complete the minimum required work experience of 10 full days (80 hours) in a veterinary clinic.

You will need to complete 10 full days (80 hours) of veterinary clinic work experience to ensure you have seen “behind the scenes” of a commercial veterinary clinic. This must be completed PRIOR to beginning your study at Massey and within two years of applying for selection to the professional phase. You will need to have a veterinarian(s) at the clinic(s) where you completed your work experience verify this experience on the veterinary work experience verification form (below). They can either return this to you or they can submit it directly to the university. You can complete your work experience at more than one clinic and it can be completed outside New Zealand. We would recommend you complete one week at a large animal clinic and one week at a small animal clinic to improve your awareness of the breadth of clinical practise.

2. Pass all the pre-requisite Massey University courses (classes) or their equivalent at another university.

You must pass all the pre-requisite courses (or their equivalent at another university) to be eligible for selection into the professional phase. These courses are:

If you fail any of the pre-requisite courses you would not be eligible for selection, irrespective of how well you might have done in the other courses. In order to become eligible for selection in the future you would have to re-take and pass any failed pre-requisite courses. Please note: an R (restricted) grade is considered a failing grade for the purposes of vet selection.

Once you have passed a pre-requisite course (or its equivalent at another university) you will be given credit for this course, which will remain valid for all future veterinary selection applications. As such you will not be allowed to repeat a pre-requisite course you have passed.

If you have passed courses at any other university, you must provide the transcript of that study. This will allow us to contact us to determine whether those courses will be credited towards our pre-requisite courses. If you are given credit for any of the pre-requisite courses you will not be allowed to repeat these for selection purposes but will be required to choose alternate courses of an approved standard. This is to ensure that all students competing for selection are taking new courses and not repeating material they have already studied. For advice on choosing alternate courses please contact Student Administration.

3. Achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a B or better from your university courses.

We combine the credit value and grades obtained from completed courses into a single overall value called the GPA. The minimum average GPA required for eligibility for selection is a B or 5.0 on the 9-point GPA scale used at Massey University. However, the actual GPA cut-off for selection is higher, and will depend upon the number of, and academic ability of the applicants each year. 
For domestic and Group 1 international students, only grades from courses taken at a New Zealand university are included in the GPA, while only grades from courses completed overseas are included for Group 2 international students. If you are a Group 1 international student, once you start studying in New Zealand your New Zealand-based GPA will supersede any previous overseas GPA for selection. Group 2 students with questions regarding GPA calculations should email vetschool@massey.ac.nz  

Guidelines for grade inclusion in the GPA for selection

If you have studied at university previously you should speak to a specialist veterinary advisor in the Student Advice and Information Unit for advice to confirm which courses of your previous study will be included in your GPA for selection. Please use the subject title “Vet Selection advice” for your email and supply a copy of your transcript(s) with your enquiry. Failure to seek such confirmation or not understanding the guidelines below will not be considered an adequate reason to appeal non-selection.

The guidelines regarding grade inclusion in the GPA for selection are below: 

A: The courses must have been completed within three years (36 months) of the selection meeting you have applied to.

  • For example, for selection in July 2018 only grades from courses completed as part of full time study after July 2015 will be taken into consideration for selection. Any grades from courses completed prior to July 2015 will not be used in the GPA for selection. This means that if you have not studied full time within the last three years prior to selection you would NOT be eligible for selection in that year. In this case, if you wanted to apply for professional phase selection you would need to enrol in a minimum of one new semester of full-time science study to create a new GPA.

B: Only grades from university courses taken during the most recent one to four semesters of full time study, in which at least 45 credits of each semester are science, will be included in the GPA for selection. Where more than 4 semesters have been completed that meet these guidelines, only the most recent 4 semesters would be included in the GPA calculation. Where one to three semesters have been completed that meet these guidelines, all of the semesters would be included (as long as they are within the 3 years of the selection meeting - see A above).

  • Full time in New Zealand for vet selection is defined as 60 credits per semester
  • If a student is enrolled in more than 60 credits in a semester, the grades from all the courses are included.
  • Students are permitted to enrol in a maximum of one non-science course per semester (15 credits in a 60 credit semester).
  • Science courses will be defined as those that are included in the science schedule at Massey University, or would cross credit to those courses, with the exception of 247.155 Communication in the sciences and 247.177 Written Communication for Information Sciences. These two courses are considered non-science courses for vet selection.
  • Students in a conjoint degree (i.e. BBS/BSc) need to have their course of study approved by the veterinary portfolio advisor(s) in the Student Advice and Information Unit to ensure it meets the requirements for inclusion in the GPA calculation
  • Grades from courses completed in a part-time semester will not be included in the GPA for selection UNLESS they were for pre-requisite courses completed within 3 years (36 months) of the selection meeting.
  • Grades for university courses completed while still in high school WILL NOT be included in the GPA calculation but WILL count for credit.

Please note - only grades that are available to the selection committee by the time of the appeal meeting at the absolute latest, can be considered for selection for that year. Any grades finalised after the appeal meeting (i.e. from another university or due to a grade change) cannot be considered for the GPA for selection in that year, but will be used for any future selection attempts.

4. Sit the appropriate additional selection assessments.

Group 2 international students

You will need to undertake the non-academic performance assessments as detailed above – likely to be video based MMI and CASPer – this is to be confirmed.

Domestic and Group 1 international students

In addition to your GPA, there will be several other assessments of your academic and non-academic performance including: STAT-F, Written Communication, Multiple mini interview, Situational Judgement Test - Written Scenarios (SJT), Situational Judgement Test – video based (CASPer).

With the exception of the video based Situational Judgement Test called CASPer, the remainder of the selection assessments will take during a testing weekend in Palmerston North. The date for 2018 is likely to be April 21-22 but is still to be confirmed. All domestic and Group 1 international students will need to participate in this testing weekend as failure to participate in any of these assessments will result in exclusion from selection into the professional phase. Your return travel, food and accommodation in Palmerston North for the vet selection testing weekend will be at your arrangement and expense. Please make arrangements early to allow yourself the most cost effective options. 

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT-F)

This assessment will be offered during the testing weekend.

The STAT-F test is a two-hour multiple choice test designed to assess your ability to understand, analyse and think critically about written and numerical material.

Written Communication

This assessment will be offered during the testing weekend.

In this assessment you will be given a piece of poorly written text, and asked to edit and re-write it (by hand) into the best version that you are able to in a 60-minute time period.

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

This assessment will be offered during the testing weekend.

Each candidate will complete 8 mini interviews of 8 minutes' duration (for a total of 64 minutes). At each interview station, you will be presented with a hypothetical scenario which might be experienced by veterinary students during the course of their training. There will be 1-3 questions for each scenario. Once you have prepared your thoughts you will enter the room and have the remainder of the 8 minutes to explain your thought/ responses to the interviewer(s).

The MMI format of interview is being utilised as research demonstrates significant benefits over traditional panel or one-on-one interviews. One of the benefits is that the MMI enables multiple assessments of an applicant’s abilities which allows for greater reliability of the assessment, meaning it is more likely to be accurate.

Situational Judgement Test - Written Scenarios (SJT)

This assessment will be offered during the testing weekend.

In the written scenario SJT’s you will be presented with a set of hypothetical scenarios which might be experienced by veterinary students during the course of their training. For each scenario you will be asked to rate the appropriateness (totally appropriate to totally inappropriate) of a series of options for a character in the scenario to do.

Situational Judgement Test - Video Scenarios (CASPer)

This assessment WILL NOT be offered during the selection testing weekend.

You will need to register online to sit the test and information will be emailed to you when registrations are open. This assessment is offered as an online test by an external provider, so students will be able to complete CASPer anywhere they have access to a computer with webcam and excellent internet (broadband or fibre). There is a $50 CAD fee for sitting the CASPer assessment (see below for more details). This is paid online when you register for the assessment with the providers of CASPer.

CASPer is an online, video-scenario based, situational judgement test (SJT). In this assessment you will be presented with a set of video based scenarios that might be experienced by people in everyday life. For each scenario you will be asked to type open ended responses to questions in a set period of time. You will also be asked to type open ended responses to some non-video based questions.

If you are not selected

If you are not selected for the professional phase, you may reapply for selection in the future and there is currently no limit to the number of times you may apply for selection. You can credit the courses you have passed in the pre-selection semester toward another degree, and reapply in a future year. If you are intending to reapply again in the future, we strongly recommend you have your courses approved PRIOR TO STARTING THEM by a specialist veterinary advisor in the Student Advice and Information Unit to confirm your planned course of study will be eligible for re-selection. Failure to seek such confirmation will not be considered an adequate reason to appeal non-selection.

Appealing your selection outcome

The BVSc student selection system has been approved by the Veterinary Programme and Massey University academic committees. Appeals by BVSc applicants who are not selected into the professional phase of the veterinary programme are limited to the following:

  1. the grounds for appeal can only be based on procedural irregularities relating to the examination or decision making process
  2. no appeal will be allowed based on dissatisfaction with the judgement of the assessors (such as the choice of assessment questions or the scores or ratings given in assessments), and
  3. no appeal will be allowed on grounds relating to circumstances affecting the Candidate’s performance on the assessments. The individual may instead make an application for special consideration to the veterinary selection committee by the 30th June in the year they are applying for selection.

Some examples of appeals that will not be considered are:

  • Appeal on the basis that you, your family, a veterinarian or any other person feel that you would make a great veterinarian
  • Appeal on the basis of how practical you are or how much animal experience you have
  • Appeal based on a grade for a single course being less than the student felt was deserved. The selection and appeals committee do not override grades. For grade changes the student will need to work through their institution’s standard examination procedures.

Appeals will be considered by the appeals committee, which is composed of individuals who are not on the veterinary student selection committee.

Applying for a student allowance or loan

If you are applying for student allowances or a student loan through Studylink for the BVSc pre-selection semester, you will need to apply for your loan or allowance as a Bachelor of Science student. If you have qualified for a Student Allowance or Loan and are selected into the professional phase you will need to advise Studylink of your new programme for the professional phase (Semester Two) of your study.

For any other student allowance or loan queries please contact StudyLink directly.

Key dates

Date

Key deadline

1 October 2017

Domestic student online enrolment opens.

1 November 2017

Advising due date for domestic and Group 1 international students applying for 2018.

Group 2 international students - professional phase application due date.

NAVLE Applicants – supplemental application (aka professional phase application) deadline.

1 December 2017

Group 2 international students - professional phase application hard deadline.

15 December 2017

Group 2 international students informed of their selection outcome from this day.

15 January 2018

Vet pre-selection application hard deadline for Group 1 international.

26 January 2018

Due date for online enrolment for all domestic students.

26 February 2018

Semester 1 courses begin.

15 March 2018

Domestic and Group 1 international students deadline to submit their application for professional phase selection.

21-22 April 2018 (TBC)

Veterinary Selection Testing weekend held on the Palmerston North Campus.

TBC

CASPer online selection assessment.

6 July 2018

Domestic and Group 1 students informed of their selection outcome.

16 July 2018

Professional phase of the veterinary programme begins (Semester 2).

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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