MVM International Student FAQs
What can I study?
How do I find out if my primary veterinary degree is recognised for entry into the MVM?
How can I get entry into the MVM if I do not have a degree from one of the listed institutions?
What documents do I need to provide to Massey University at the time of enrolment and how do I get them verified?
How do I enrol?
Do I have to go through this enrolment process for every course?
Do I need to come to New Zealand to study?
What happens if I can’t travel to an on-campus workshop?
How much does an MVM course cost?
How do I pay my fees?
How much study will I need to do each week?
How long will it take to complete the MVM?
Where can I find out more about New Zealand?
Where can I find out more about Palmerston North?
What Immigration or visa requirements will there be?
How will I get to New Zealand?
How do I find my way to Massey University?
Massey’s Master of Veterinary Medicine programme offers the broadest range of assessed veterinary courses of any distance learning veterinary institution. You can choose individual courses, or work towards our Master of Veterinary Medicine. Massey University has a long history of distance learning – with over fifty years of experience, we are experts in delivering high quality learning at a distance using innovative online tools.
Find out more about the qualifications offered by the MVM programme
Find out more about the courses offered by the MVM programme
There are two other ways to enter the MVM.
Either by examination.
In this case you should organise to sit one of the qualifying examinations offered such as the:
- United Kingdom MRCVS Statutory Examination for Membership
- United States ECFVG Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates
- Australian NVE National Veterinary Exam
- New Zealand NZVE NZ Veterinary Council - Gaining Registration
By successfully passing one of Massey University's online 5 credit Short courses.
Part of the enrolment process is providing Massey with verified documents. The verified documents you need to provide will depend on your circumstances. See the International enrolment page for more information.
Go to the International enrolment page for the MVM for information on the enrolment process
No, once you have applied and been approved into the MVM programme you can enrol online for any future courses that you would like to study.
Final assessments and examinations
For some courses, the final assessment is run online between the dates indicated in your Administration Guide after enrolment. You sit these assessments from home.
For courses that have a paper-based examination at a centre near you, you nominate the centre closest to you on enrolment.
The dates of the exams are set by the University well in advance by the Examination Office. Please check the date of the exam for your chosen course before you enrol to avoid date clashes later on.
If you wish to change your exam venue please liaise directly with the Examination Office after your enrolment and well in advance of the exam. The Examination Office email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact workshops (contact courses)
MVM courses are offered by distance learning and are designed for study from anywhere in the world. You need to have access to the internet. While you do not need to travel to New Zealand for the entire course, there is a 2-3 day face-to-face workshop in each MVM subject, and it is strongly recommended that you attend this workshop. It provides a great opportunity to meet your classmates and learn from one another, use Massey’s world-class facilities and experience the beauty of New Zealand.
Attendance at the MVM 2–3 day face-to-face workshops is highly recommended but not compulsory. Some contact workshop (non-practical) sessions can be joined online for students unable to attend in-person.
A guide to the cost for each course for an international student is included in the subject page on the MVM website. There are also non-tuition fees which vary depending whether the course has a paper or online exam fee. These fees range between NZ$195–400.
As an international student, you need to pay your fees for a course before your enrolment can be completed. Full instructions about how payment can be made are in the Offer of Place letter you receive when your documentation is complete.
Courses are slightly different regarding case studies and assessment. Each course represents one eighth of a full time student workload and is calculated at 150 hours of work. This is spread over two semesters for most courses. There are 24 teaching weeks and about 32 actual weeks to spread this workload over (the actual weeks include some study break and holiday time). The workload isn’t evenly spread, as there are approximately 18 hours in the week of the face-to-face teaching (on-campus workshop), and we estimate a block for exam study. The balance works out at about 5–6 hours per week.
The timeframe for completion of a full MVM varies depending on how many courses you complete at a time. Each course represents one-eighth of a full-time study load of a year. At present, Massey University requires a student to complete a full Masters degree in four years. The length of time that a student takes to complete an MVM is very individual and varies between students depending on other commitments.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Science (PGDipVSc) should be completed in four years, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Science (PGCertSc) should be completed within two years. You may start your study in one of these qualifications and switch to the MVM at a later stage.
Coming to New Zealand
If you are planning to travel to New Zealand for an on-campus workshop you may be interested in the following websites:
Where can I find out more about New Zealand? www.newzealand.com
Where can I find out more about Palmerston North? www.manawatunz.co.nz
What Immigration or visa requirements will there be? www.immigration.govt.nz
How do I find my way to Massey University? Arrival in Palmerston North
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Last updated on Thursday 02 May 2019