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Group 2 International students - pathway to the BVSc

Group 2 students are international students who compete for entry directly into the professional phase of the BVSc on the basis of their academic performance at university/college overseas. In order to be eligible for selection into the professional phase as a Group 2, you need to have completed at least two years full-time (or equivalent) of an appropriate undergraduate or postgraduate science degree outside of New Zealand and meet the minimum eligibility criteria for selection into the professional phase.

Students selected via this method start in the professional phase in Semester Two (mid-July).

VMCAS applicants are considered Group 2 students. Please refer to the section below about applying as a VMCAS applicant. 


As a Group 2 student you don’t need to apply for the pre-selection phase, but you will need to apply for the BVSc professional phase by 1 November in the year prior to your intended start date, with all your required documents.

Admission due date

  • BVSc Professional Phase - Semester Two application: 1 November

Documentation required

As a Group 2 student, you need to submit the following documentation as part of your admission application:

  • A verified copy of your birth certificate or a valid passport that will not expire during your time in New Zealand.
  • Official academic transcripts from ALL your previously completed university courses.
  • Evidence you have met our International English Language entrance requirements of a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 in every band.
    You will need to request that your English language proficiency scores be sent to Massey University. Students from countries where English is the recognised first language (eg USA, Canada, UK etc.) and the student has completed at least 6 years of secondary or tertiary education in English may be given an exemption from this requirement.
  • Completion of the   Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form (518 KB) signed by a veterinarian(s) confirming you have completed at least 10 full days (80 hours) veterinary clinic experience within the last three years. If you are applying through VMCAS you do not need to do this as we will use your eLORs for this purpose.
  • 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 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."

For any questions regarding admission to Massey University email

VMCAS applications

Students who completed their tertiary study in the US or Canada can apply via VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service).  The online VMCAS application service opens in late January and traditionally closes in mid-September each year.  Please refer to the VMCAS website for details on applying through VMCAS.

If you are applying through VMCAS, you will also need to submit a supplemental application, which is the Massey University admission application for the BVSc programme. You can access the online admission application by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the BVSc planning webpage.  In the admission application where you are asked if you have had contact with a Massey staff member please insert “VMCAS applicant”.  Any required documentation should be received no later than November 1.

Please note – your application for entry into the veterinary programme at Massey University WILL NOT be processed until the Massey University admission application has been submitted and documents are received. Your online VMCAS application alone does not constitute a completed application.

Prerequisite courses

COVID-19 update: Courses graded with a “Pass” grade for the spring, summer and fall 2020 semesters due to changes for COVID-19 will be accepted for prerequisites.

Group 2 students must have completed the equivalent of the four prerequisite courses:

  • 123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
    Credit requires completion of the first-year (2 semesters or 3 quarters) general chemistry series plus either 1-2 semesters or quarters of organic chemistry
  • 124.103 Biophysical Principles
    Credit requires completion of 1 semester or 2 quarters of general physics. 
  • 162.101 Cell Biology
    Credit requires completion of the first-year biology series plus 1 semester of genetics or cellular or molecular biology 
  • 199.103 Animals and the Environment
    Credit requires completion of the first-year biology series plus an animal science, animal physiology or animal behaviour or similar.  A general introductory organismal (i.e. plants and animals combined) biology course alone is not adequate for credit for 199.103.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

As a Group 2 student, you must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria to be considered for selection into the BVSc professional phase:

  • Submit all applications by the specified due dates unless approved by the School of Veterinary Science (SoVS).
  • Complete 10 full days (80 hours) of veterinary practical work experience and submit the official verification form.
  • Have obtained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 5.0 (B Grade) in your previous science courses at university.  (Note: GPA scale in NZ is out of 9 not 4 – see GPA section below).
  • Successfully completed university level courses equivalent to the four pre-selection courses.

Please note that the actual GPA for selection will likely be higher than the minimum for eligibility depending on the number of and academic ability of the applicants each year. 

Selection Process

Stage 1 – Determination of Eligibility and shortlisting for interview

When your completed Massey University admission application has been received, it will be forwarded to the SoVS for assessment to proceed to the interview phase in early-December. The SoVS will determine whether you are eligible to be a Group 2 student based on:

  • Assessment of your prior completion of courses equivalent to the four prerequisite courses;
  • Calculation of a GPA from your previous study;
  • Evidence of your completed veterinary practical work experience.

If it is determined that you do not meet all of the eligibility criteria for Group 2, you will be advised of this and that you have the option of applying as a Group 1 international student.

A holistic review, with strong emphasis on GPA, will be made for each applicant who meets all of the eligibility criteria for Group 2 to determine those who will be shortlisted and invited to an online interview.

Stage 2 – Interview

If you are offered an interview, you will be contacted by the SoVS with details.  Interviews are generally held from December onwards and will be internet based (using Zoom or Skype). As such you will need to be somewhere where you will have reliable internet (broadband or fibre) access. We will send you an interview link when we confirm your interview date and time.

The interview panel will typically consist of 1-2 people. You will engage in a discussion with the panel with the possibility of one or more hypothetical scenarios for you to consider and discuss. These scenarios will be shared on screen, so please ensure that whatever device you are communicating on has sufficient screen size to allow you to read easily from it.

Your application outcome will be notified via the Massey University student portal from December. If you are offered admission into the BVSc professional phase, you will need to accept the offer and pay the tuition fees before the university can send you a confirmed offer of admission. You’ll need the confirmed offer of admission to apply for a student visa as this 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 admission offers to Massey University, please email

The total number of times you can apply for the BVSc professional phase regardless of pathway is limited to THREE (3), counted from 2020 academic year.