You have not recently studied or do not have a science background

Historically, many students who enrolled in the pre-requisite papers for veterinary science without a science background have struggled significantly and achieved poor grades that reflected their preparation level, rather than their academic ability.

If you have not taken biology, chemistry and physics whilst at high school or if you have not studied in the last five years, it is recommended that you complete some catch-up study prior to enrolling in the pre-selection papers in semester one. 

Massey University offers catch-up/preparation papers for all three veterinary pre-requisite science subjects. There are internal (on-campus) or distance (correspondence) options you could enrol in being either:

Please note: grades from papers taken as part of the veterinary preparation endorsement will not count towards your veterinary selection GPA.  However if you are not enrolled in the veterinary preparation endorsement, grades from individual papers may count toward your veterinary selection GPA.  As such, if you are planning on taking any catch up study please contact the Student Advice and Information Unit to check whether or not these papers will count.

The aim of the veterinary preparation endorsement is to get students without a strong science background caught up to the level they would need to begin successful first year university level science study.  As such, students currently taking NCEA level 3 science would be discouraged from enrolling in this preparatory programme as it would be a repeat of what they have already studied. Such students should enrol directly into the pre-requisite papers instead.

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