Animal and veterinary careers


Qualifying as a veterinarian opens up many careers to you, both in New Zealand and internationally.

You could become a clinical veterinarian, working in a vet practice or with an industry organisation. You could work with a variety of animals from pets and farm livestock to wildlife. Some veterinarians work with charities internationally to or you could become a researcher, contributing to animal health or production.

What do I study?

Massey University is the only university in New Zealand that offers a degree that qualifies you to work as a veterinarian – the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc).

This is a five-year degree and is recognised internationally.

Firstly you enrol in a pre-selection semester. Based on your performance in this semester you may be offered a place in professional phase of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science programme. It’s competitive to enter the professional phase of the degree but has a rewarding career path.

Massey Vet School

Conservation careers

Conservation, ecology or zoology-related careers

Studying conservation, ecology and zoology can also lead to careers working with animals.

A common career path is to work for a government agency such as the Department of Conservation, the Ministry for the Environment or as a consultant, helping to preserve New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. You could be out in the field as perhaps a ranger, or working on policy development and planning, eco-tourism or education. New Zealand has a reputation for excellence in this area, and your skills will be applicable internationally.

Other graduates go on to research qualifications such as master’s or doctorates, working on projects to understand wildlife, their place in our ecosystems and how we can ensure their ongoing survival.

What do I study?

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Careers working with farmed animals or horses

Farming and agriculture are huge industries for New Zealand and the industry needs specialists to ensure appropriate production levels and the health and welfare of production animals (farmed animals) including cattle, sheep, deer, pigs and poultry.

Animal scientists work not only on farms but in areas such as livestock trading and export companies, animal welfare, pet nutrition, animal breeding, producer boards and feed companies, development and marketing of animal health products or consulting to industry and industry boards.

There are also a range of careers working with horses (equine) including equine regulatory, breeding, racing, breed, and sport organisations.

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