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MVM entry requirements

You can study in Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) programme if you meet the entry requirements below. All the requirements are straightforward, and most students meet them with little or no trouble. We can advise you if you're not sure.

We also recommend that you are working as a veterinarian when you enter this continuing-education programme. The programme is intended to extend practicing veterinarians' knowledge rather than retrain those wishing to return to practice.

Veterinary degree requirements

You can study in Massey’s MVM programme if you meet any of the following requirements.

 Entry by equivalent degree

The following universities, arranged by country, confer veterinary degrees considered equivalent to Massey's Bachelor of Veterinary Science. They all allow you to enter the MVM programme. 

Australia Adelaide, Charles Sturt, James Cook,  Melbourne,  Murdoch, Queensland, Sydney
Austria Wien (Vienna)
Belgium Ghent, Liege
Bulgaria Trakia University - Stara Zagora
Canada Calgary, Guelph, Montreal, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan
Croatia Zagreb
Czech Republic Brno
Denmark Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science) Copenhagen
Estonia Tartu
Finland Helsinki
France Lyon, Nantes, Toulouse, Liege
Germany Free University of Berlin (an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science, restricted to those who also hold a State examination certificate in veterinary medicine), Justus Liebig University Giessen, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Leipzig, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Greece Thessaloniki, University of Thessaly - Karditsa 
Hungary Budapest
Ireland Dublin
Israel Jerusalem
Italy Bari, Bologna, Camerino, Messina, Milano, Napoli, Padova, Parma, Perugia, Pisa, Sassari, Teramo, Torino
Latvia University of Veterinary Medicine - Jelgava
Lithuania Lithuanian University of Health Sciences - Kaunas
Mexico Mexico (UNAM)
Netherlands Utrecht
Norway Oslo
Poland Lublin, Olsztyn, Warsaw, Wroclaw
Portugal Lisbon, Lusofona, Porto, Vila Real
Romania Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest 
Slovakia Kosice
Slovenia Ljubljana
South Africa Pretoria
Spain Barcelona, Extremadura, Cordoba, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, León, Lugo, Madrid, Valencia Zaragoza
Sweden Uppsala
Switzerland Zurich, Bern
Turkey Ankara, Bursa, Elazig, Aydin, Burdur, Cerrahpasa, Kars, Kayseri, Konya
United Kingdom Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Nottingham
United States Auburn, California, Colorado State, Cornell, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisiana State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Pennsylvania, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tufts, Tuskegee, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Western, Wisconsin-Madison
West Indies Ross, St Georges

If you don’t have a B average in your veterinary degree, we suggest you begin by enrolling for either the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Science (PGDipVCS) or the Postgraduate Certificate of Science (PGCertSc). If you gain B passes in two courses in either of these,  you may switch to studying the full Master’s qualification at a later stage.

 Entry by examination

You can enter the MVM programme if you have passed one of the following examinations (arranged by country).

Australia Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, National Veterinary Examination (NVE)
Canada Licensing examination of the Canadian National Examining Board (NEB)
New Zealand New Zealand National Veterinary Examination (NZNVE)
United Kingdom Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Membership examination (MRCVS)
United States Certificate of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG), Programme for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) certificate

Please contact us to check whether you meet these requirements.

 Discretionary entry by veterinary degree from an unlisted  institution

An additional path to entry is available if you have:

  • a veterinary degree that is not from one of the pre-approved universities and
  • have 6.5 IELTS score or equivalent (see postgraduate English language proficiency for other English requirements if applicable).

Entry is subject to final approval by the Director of the MVM.

You may enrol in the MVM distance course Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology and then follow it with another MVM 15-credit course. If you obtain a B grade or better in each you can transfer into the MVM.

You are initially enrolled under a Postgraduate Certificate of Science (PGCertSc) and can transfer from this qualification to the MVM. The two courses already completed would contribute to the MVM once you have transferred.

Entry is subject to final approval by the Director of the Master of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, contact us.

Computing requirements

You need access to a computer and the internet to study in the MVM programme. You will be participating in online discussions and assessments.

Your computer can be reasonably basic. Word processing software is useful for assignments; we can direct you to free software so you do not need to buy any. You can access class material through a web browser, such as Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox.

Some courses require a broadband internet connection for viewing audio and video files. The course details specify this requirement.

If you need to check whether you meet these requirements, please contact us.

English language requirements

You can study in the MVM programme if:

  • English is your first language or
  • you have passed one of various English exams or
  • you have studied at an English-based institution.

If you need to check whether you meet these requirements, please contact us.