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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.  As there are limited places in the professional phase, you need to apply for selection into the programme. 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 alternate science courses 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 us on academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and in the subject line write “Vet selection advice

Domestic Students

All 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. 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. after July 2016 for July 2019 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 don’t need to apply for the pre-selection phase, but you will need to apply for the professional phase by March 15. However, we strongly recommend you apply by November 1 of the previous year so that we can assess your application and give you the best advice, such as 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 300-330 domestic students apply for 100 places, and there are 24 separate international student places. As such all applicants will go through a selection process to determine who will be offered the places in the professional phase.

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.  All applicants will need to apply for the professional phase, which can be accessed by clicking the “Apply Now” button on this page.  Only some applicants will need to apply for the pre-selection semester (Group A domestic and Group 1 International).

Based on what type of applicant you are (see above), the table below shows you what you need to apply for and the timelines for these applications. 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” is 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

You need to complete two applications: 1) Pre-selection phase 2) Professional phase.

To apply for the professional phase click the “Apply Now” button on this page.

To apply for the pre-selection semester, go to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science Pre-Selection page and click the apply now button.

Group B domestic students

You need to complete one application: 1) Professional phase.

To apply for the professional phase click the “Apply Now” button on this page.

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

You need to complete two applications: 1) Pre-selection phase 2) Professional phase

To apply for the professional phase click the “Apply Now” button on this page.

To apply for the pre-selection semester, go to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science 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 from countries where English is the recognised first language (e.g. USA, Canada, UK etc) and the applicant has completed at lease 6 years of secondary or tertiary education in English may be given an 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 clinic experience.
  • Submit official 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 need to complete one application: 1) Professional phase.

To apply for the professional phase click the “Apply Now” button on this page.

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 requirement of 10 full days (80 hours) of veterinary clinic experience.
  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
  4. 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 non-refundable application fee for selection into the professional phase.  Details of the application fee available here. This will be invoiced to your student account after the application closing date.

There will be an additional fee of $50 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 2019, you would need to apply by November 1, 2018. 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). Applicants from countries where English is the recognised first language and the applicant has completed at least 6 years of secondary or tertiary education in English – may be given an 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 clinic 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

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 Student Advice. 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.

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 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 non-refundable application fee that is invoiced after the closing date of applications. There will be an additional fee of $50 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.

Group 2 international students

Your selection score will be calculated 50% from academic performance (GPA) and 50% from non-academic performance assessment (including interview).

All domestic and Group 1 international students

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

Selection Testing Weekend – 4th and 5th May 2019

With the exception of the video based Situational Judgement Test called CASPer, the remainder of the selection assessments will occur during the selection testing weekend in Palmerston North. All domestic and Group 1 international students will need to participate in this testing weekend as failure to participate in any of the selection 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 will be confirmed to students in early semester 1.

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 a minimum of 10 full days (80 hours) of veterinary clinic experience.

You will need to complete 10 full days (80 hours) of experience in a veterinary clinic to ensure you have seen “behind the scenes” of a commercial veterinary clinic. Working with animals in a non-clinical setting will not be accepted. Please note, clinics do NOT have to host students for their clinic experience, so whether they do take students or not and what students would do at the clinic is at their discretion. Unless you have prior experience in a veterinary clinic, you should anticipate that your experience will be largely observational, unless otherwise indicated to you by the clinic.

For domestic and Group 1 international veterinary applicants, the veterinary clinic experience must be completed by March 15 of the year you’re applying for the professional phase, and be no older than 3 years before the selection meeting in July.  So if you are applying for selection in 2019, your veterinary clinic experience must have started after July 1, 2016 and must be completed by March 15, 2019.

You will need to have a veterinarian(s) at the clinic(s) where you completed your experience verify your experience on the veterinary clinical experience verification form (below). They can either return this to you or they can submit it directly to the university. You can complete your 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 work.

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

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

If you do not pass any of the pre-requisite courses you would not be eligible for selection into the professional phase, 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 it.

If you have passed courses at any other university, you must provide the transcript of that study. This will allow 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 and put “vet selection” in the subject line.

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 usually 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 July selection meeting that you have applied to.

  • For example, for selection in July 2019 only grades from courses completed as part of full time study after July 2016 will be taken into consideration for selection. Any grades from courses completed prior to July 2016 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 as you would not have an eligible GPA. In this case, if you wanted to apply for professional phase selection you would need to enrol in a minimum of one 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 3 years of the July 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.
  • For the grades from a semester to be included in the GPA for selection, students must be enrolled in at least 45 credits of science courses.  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 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 or to be given an exemption where appropriate.
  • 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 in July.
  • 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 assessment(s) as advised in your offer from the vet school.

Domestic and Group 1 international students

In addition to your GPA, there will be several other assessments of your academic and non-academic performance.  For academic performance assessment these are  STAT-F, Written Communication and for non-academic performance assessment these are the Multiple mini interview, written format Situational Judgement Test (SJT), video format Situational Judgement Test (CASPer).

With the exception of the video format Situational Judgement Test called CASPer, the remainder of the selection assessments will occur during the selection testing weekend in Palmerston North. All domestic and Group 1 international students will need to participate in this testing weekend as failure to participate in any of the selection 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 selection 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 selection 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 selection 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.

Written scenario Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

This assessment will be offered during the selection 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.

Video Scenario Situational Judgement Test (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 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 format, situational judgement test (SJT). In this assessment you will be presented with a set of video format 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 Programmes Committee. 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 2018

Enrolment for courses open.

1 November 2018

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

Group 2 international students - professional phase application due date.

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

1 December 2018

Group 2 international students - professional phase application hard deadline.

15 December 2018

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

15 January 2019

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

25 January 2019

Due date for online enrolment for all domestic students.

25 February 2019

Semester 1 courses begin.

15 March 2019

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

4-5 May 2019 

Veterinary Selection Testing weekend held on the Palmerston North Campus.

TBC 2019

CASPer online selection assessment.

5 July 2019

Domestic and Group 1 students informed of their selection outcome.

15 July 2019

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.

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