Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

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Open doors to your veterinary career

Massey University’s Bachelor of Veterinary Technology opens doors to a vast range of careers in the veterinary and animal-related industries.

What is it like?

Veterinary medicine is steadily advancing, with greater use of science and technology for improvement of animal welfare.  There is growing demand for veterinary professionals who have in-depth knowledge of that technology, the latest research, veterinary best practice and welfare issues.

A diverse degree

The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is a diverse degree that will give you the transferable skills such as how to effectively collect evidence, analyse it and develop solutions. These sorts of transferable skills open up the opportunity to work in many different industries.

Upon graduating you could work with government and private organisations to help protect the welfare of all types of animals - be it exotic, companion or production animals, horses or wildlife.

There is also demand for the skills you will gain in the areas of public health and food safety.

You could work with other veterinary specialists to provide front-line care to animals recovering from illness and injury. Or you can work to help them maintain good health. You could work with pathologists, animal behaviourist, production animal consultants or industry bodies. The study of veterinary technology will teach you how to be relevant to contemporary vet practice.


Massey University is the only university in New Zealand to offer veterinary degrees. The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is unique in New Zealand. It is only one of four that are available internationally.

Vital skills

Your study will be challenging and rewarding. You will learn how to become a problem solver and critical thinker.

These are vital skills for any career.

Real world experience

During your study you will work alongside veterinary science students in a clinical environment.  Massey’s specialist facilities include our veterinary teaching hospital, 24-hour Pet Emergency Centre, Equine Hospital and the renowned Wildbase (caring for New Zealand native animals).  Our staff are leading the world in their research and work with all types of animals.

Where does a career as a veterinary technologist ‘fit’?

BVSc - Studying towards a Bachelor of Veterinary Science takes five years to complete and allows you to become a practicing veterinarian.

BVetTech - Studying towards the BVetTech takes less time to complete (around three years) than veterinary science.

Although you cannot call yourself a vet, perform surgical procedures or prescribe medication, many of our graduates have progressed into roles that have other similar tasks to veterinarians.

Veterinary nursing - Veterinary nursing generally only includes the study of pets such as dogs and cats. A veterinary technologist also has knowledge of a wider range of animal species including large animals (e.g. cows, sheep and horses). Veterinary nursing is primarily useful for those who wish to work in a small animal clinical practice. The BVetTech graduate has a broad range of options and quick career advancement.

Massey’s vet programme leads the world

Massey University’s veterinary school is in the top 50 programmes in the world in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Do what you want

In your final year you choose an area of interest (track) to gain more knowledge and experience in that area. You can select from small animals, production animals, equine or business.

A good fit if you:

  • Would like a diverse degree that gives multiple career options
  • Would like to work with animals, but want to study for less time that it takes to become a veterinarian
  • Enjoy sciences and mathematics
  • 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.


There is growing demand for the skills you will gain through the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. This qualification can lead to a surprisingly broad range of veterinary and animal-related careers including leadership roles.

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.

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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