Master of Veterinary Science

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Entry requirements

Master of Veterinary Science 120 credits

Admission to the 120 credit Master of Veterinary Science requires you to have

  • Massey University Bachelor of Veterinary Science, or
  • a veterinary qualification (with a minimum B average) that can be registered by the New Zealand Veterinary Council and is considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent to the Massey University Bachelor of Veterinary Science, or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in an area of Veterinary Science (with a minimum B average),

Master of Veterinary Science 240 credits

If you are a veterinary graduate who does not meet either of the above entry requirements, you are eligible to apply for admission into the 240 credit Master of Veterinary Science.

Documents you will need to supply to support your application:

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less)

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

Master of Veterinary Science 120 credits

You will complete an approved research methods course and a thesis to the value of 120 credits in some branch of veterinary science.

Master of Veterinary Science 240 credits

You will complete a flexible course of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 240 credits, including an approved research methods course and a thesis to the value of 120 credits in some branch of veterinary science.

Time limits for completion for eligibility for Honours, Distinction or Merit

120 credits

Your 120 credit master's degree will carry the award of Distinction, if completed at a superior standard (equivalent to First Class Honours), or Merit (equivalent to Second Class Honours, Division One) and completed within one year of first enrolling in full-time study or within three years of first enrolling in part-time study.

240 credits

If completed within two years of first enrolling for full-time study or within five years of first enrolling for part-time study your 240 credit master's degree will be awarded with First Class Honours, Second Class Honours Division I, Second Class Honours Division II or a pass.

Maximum time to completion

  • 120 credit masterates must be completed within a maximum of four years.
  • 240 credit masterates must be completed within a maximum of six years.

Courses

118.701 Theriogenology
118.702 Veterinary Medicine
118.703 Veterinary Surgery
118.704 Veterinary Radiology
118.715 Epidemiologic Methods 1
118.716 Analysis of Epidemiologic Data 1
118.717 Analysis of Epidemiologic Data 2
118.718 Animal Health Management
118.723 Applied Veterinary Microbiology
118.724 Veterinary Anatomical Pathology
118.726 Veterinary Public Health
118.727 Veterinary Clinical Pathology
118.728 Wildlife Health
118.729 Applied Veterinary Parasitology
118.731 Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology
118.815 Epidemiologic Methods 2
118.816 Advanced Analysis of Epidemiologic Data 1
118.817 Advanced Analysis of Epidemiologic Data 2
118.819 Biosecurity Methods
118.823 Advanced Health and Management of an Animal Species
118.826 Advanced Veterinary Surgery
118.827 Advanced Veterinary Pharmacology
118.897 Thesis 120 credit Part 1
118.898 Thesis 120 credit Part 2

Notes

  1. An approved selection of courses shall be selected from the 118.7xx and 118.8xx series and any other courses deemed appropriate by the Postgraduate Subject Leader.
  2. The selection of courses must be approved by the Academic Programme Director or equivalent.

Majors or endorsements

The MVSc may be awarded with endorsement identifying the veterinary field in which the candidate undertook study for the degree. The endorsement will be specified at the time of the course approval by Academic Board and form part of the name of the degree received by the candidate at graduation.


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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