Entry later into the Professional Phase

Entry via re-entry, challenge or transfer

An increasing number of students take some time out from BVSc studies due to parenting, personal, medical and family circumstances and seek to return at a later stage. Others wish to join the BVSc programme via recognition of prior learning through a challenge examination or transfer process.

The procedures below have been developed by the Veterinary Programme Management Committee in discussion with students wishing to re-join the programme, join the programme after challenge examination, and with MUSA and MUVSA representatives.

The circumstances of the BVSc degree mean that there are limits in teaching resources that require a limit to be placed on class size. In order to expand class sizes for international students full fees are recovered to pay for the resources required to teach the additional number of students enrolled.  The programme is managed with a view not to exceed the class size limit that staff agree is possible to accommodate within the available resources. The policy outlined below is a part of the management strategy aimed at maintaining the quality of BVSc learning by capping class size at the maximum number that staff agrees can be taught, in situations where there is discretion to do this.

All students enquiring about taking time out will be informed that their re-entry to the programme may not be able to occur when they desire it and that the following policy will apply to them.

The policy for re-entry or entry is:

A. Students who pass each examination as a whole will pass to the next examination in the next year.

B. Students who do not pass on their first attempt including at supplementary examination will be invited to repeat their studies for examination in the next year.

C. Students who arrange before the fact to take time out to undertake an approved intercalated programme of study (i.e. BPhil etc) after successful completion of an examination will have the right of re-entry into the BVSc programme of study for their next BVSc examination in the next year after successful completion of the intercalated programme

All students in the above categories A to C will have a right of automatic progression in the BVSc Programme.

D. Students who take time out from study on medical or compassionate grounds will be given priority to return into the programme if there are places available in the class.

E. Challenge Examination applicants will be accepted (in order of application) if places are available in the class. Challenge Examination applicants will be accepted into preparation for the challenge examination only if it appears likely that a place will be available upon their successful completion. Entry to the programme will however still be subject to a place still being available after they have successfully passed their challenge examinations.

F. Transfers (in order of application) will be allowed only if places are available after all groups A to E are accommodated.

Returning Applicants (Category D)

A points based system as follows will be implemented for the re-entry of students who have taken time out and wish to rejoin the programme::

    •  taking time out on Medical/Compassionate Grounds – 4 points 
    •  having passed a Challenge Examination – 2 points 
    •  taking time out with no medically supported reason – 1 point

Points will be allocated as the square of the number of years that students are required to wait for re-entry after they inform the Veterinary Programme Office of their intention to re-enter or enter the programme.

Your Grade Point Average (GPA), based on papers examined within the BVSc programme, will be used to differentiate between students if more than one student has an equal number of points. Students on equal points will be allocated to available places in descending GPA order.

For more information contact the veterinary undergraduate office.

Challenge Examination Applicants (Category E)

Graduates of non-accredited overseas veterinary institutions who have subsequently gained New Zealand Residency may be considered to sit challenge examinations for entry to the BVSc.  For more information contact the veterinary undergraduate office.

Transfer Applicants (Category F)

Students who are currently enrolled in another veterinary program may be considered for transfer into the Massey University BVSc programme providing:

  •  The student is in good academic standing at their current veterinary institution
  • There is an available position in the appropriate class for the student to transfer into

The availability of a position in the appropriate class is usually the limiting factor for most transfer applicants as space is limited.

If you are transferring from another veterinary programme, you must complete at least years 4 and 5 of the veterinary degree at Massey University to graduate with a Massey University BVSc.


Massey Contact Centre Mon - Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 contact@massey.ac.nz Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey