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Study veterinary science

The School of Veterinary Science offers the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc), which qualifies you to register as a veterinarian. This programme will help you become a veterinary professional with the skills to sustain the health, welfare and productivity of companion animals, farm animals and wildlife.

Becoming a veterinarian - the BVSc

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) is New Zealand's veterinary qualification, recognised internationally. 

This five-year programme gives you training in a broad range of species, with hands on, problem-solving learning and the chance to track in your area of interest in your final year. Acceptance into the vet programme is very competitive. Find out about entry requirements and programme details.

Tour of veterinary facilities at Massey

The 'Behind the Scenes' tour is your chance to look through our teaching clinics at your own pace.

We have four clinics – companion animal (dogs and cats), farm (production animals such as cows, sheep etc), equine (horses) and Wildbase (wild animals – mainly birds).

There are specific advantages to US or Canadian students studying to become a vet at Massey University. We also offer support and detailed information to counselors.

We welcome international students to Massey! You'll study at a world-leading institution in the beautiful environment of our Palmerston North campus. Find out more about entry requirements and support at Massey for international students.

Key dates

  • 15 September – VMCAS applicant deadline
  • 1 November – international student admission deadline
  • 22 January – domestic student admission deadline for BVSc pre-selection phase
  • 1 February – graduate or part-graduates must contact academic advice at the university by this date to discuss your situation for selection 
  • 5 March – Deadline for application for BVSc professional phase


Massey University’s BVSc programme was first accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education in 2002. Site visits from the accrediting bodies are now held jointly and Massey’s last accreditation visit was in May 2021.


Last evaluation: 2021
Next evaluation: 2028


Massey’s BVSc programme is accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council with minor deficiencies; graduates can work in New Zealand and Australia.
Last evaluation: 2021
Next evaluation: 2028


Accredited via the mutual recognition process operating with AVBC
Last evaluation:  2021

Massey's Veterinary programme is accredited by:   AVMA   RCVS   New Zealand   Australia