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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. 

Expected high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge for the prerequisite courses. However, if you have not studied these subjects we have a pathway for you to prepare for these courses (see below).

  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Biology
  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

Other recommended high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or equivalent) will help you prepare for the prerequisite courses.

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91256, 91257, 91258, 91259, 91260, 91261, 91262, 91269.

If it’s some time since you have studied Mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.

Haven’t studied the right subjects at high school?

The following pathways will get you prepared to study the prerequisite courses. If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Biology or Chemistry (or equivalent) take the following courses first:

123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences
162.103 Introductory Biology

These courses are available during Summer School and may count towards credits in an alternative degree if you do not progress to the BVSc professional phase.

If you won’t have reached university entrance before Summer School begins, you may be able to apply through Discretionary Entrance.

If you need more preparation than this the university offers foundation programmes to prepare you to succeed at University you should contact an academic adviser for more information.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

You will also need to complete the pre-entry veterinary practical work experience before commending your study.

Degree Structure

The BVSc is a 5-year degree divided into two phases: a pre-selection phase (a minimum of one semester) followed by a professional phase (9 semesters – 4.5 years).

BVSc progression diagram

Pre-selection semester

The pre-selection semester for the BVSc occurs at Massey University in Semester One (beginning late February) each year and is a student’s opportunity to compete for entry into the professional phase of the veterinary degree. During this semester students need to complete the prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase (or alternate courses if given credit for the prerequisite courses), as well as a range of selection assessments detailed below. 

The prerequisite courses for the BVSc professional phase are available at both the Manawatū and Auckland Campuses, but some of the selection assessments must be completed at the Manawatū Campus.

There is no limit on the number of places in the pre-selection semester, so applicants can apply for admission to Massey University provided they meet the entry requirements. However, the better prepared students are before they start the pre-selection semester, the better their chance of selection into the professional phase.

Professional phase

The professional phase of the BVSc is essentially “vet school proper” and starts in Semester Two (mid-July) each year.  As there are limited places in the professional phase, students need to apply for selection into this phase, which is competitive. Students selected into the professional phase take a range of courses over the following 4.5 years which cover everything needed to become a qualified veterinarian. Please refer to the 'View regulations' button for the courses in the professional phase of the BVSc qualification.

The courses in the BVSc professional phase are only available at the School of Veterinary Science (SoVS) at the Manawatū Campus. 

Places in the programme

As many people want to become veterinarians, there are more applications for the professional phase than the number of places available. Approximately 300-330 domestic students typically apply for 100 places in the professional phase each year, and there are also 24 international student places. To determine who will be offered the places in the professional phase, all students go through a competitive selection process, which differs between types of students (domestic or international) and the pathway through which application is made (General or Veterinary pathway for Māori and Pacific students (VetMAP).  Selection into the professional phase is based on a combination of both academic and non-academic assessment performance.

BVSc progression diagram

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) may also support the education of up to two applicants from approved foreign nations (commonly in the Pacific) without a veterinary school (labelled as MFAT in the figure above). These applicants are selected for the professional phase in the same way as the domestic General pathway (see below) but they are not true domestic applicants. Please refer to the MFAT website for further information on applying.

Important note regarding veterinary selection 

The veterinary selection process is complex, so written advice should be sought from a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice at Massey University by emailing academicadvice@massey.ac.nz. This is especially important if you have completed any previous university-level study. Please do not seek advice about veterinary selection from any other university staff members as only the specialist veterinary academic advisers are trained regarding the many factors that must be considered. Please be reminded that in your application for admission you have agreed that you will not rely on verbal advice.

Finding the relevant information relevant on this page

There are different types of applicants and pathways for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc, so it’s important you know which regulations apply to you. While ultimately the University will have the final say about the correct pathway for you, if you follow the steps below they will guide you towards finding the right information.

FIRST: Determine the type of student you are

Use the information below to determine whether you are a domestic or an international student. If you’re unsure of which type of student you are, please email academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and in the subject line write “Vet selection advice” and we can advise you appropriately.

Domestic students

If you are a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia then you are considered a domestic student. 

International students

All students that are not domestic students are considered international students, and are categorised as either Group 1 or Group 2 students based on their educational background.

BVSc residency diagram

SECOND: Determine the relevant selection pathway for you

There are multiple pathways for selection into the BVSc professional phase. Once you have determined whether you are a domestic or international student, use the information below to determine the admission pathway under which you will be applying. If you’re unsure of which type of applicant you are, please email academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and in the subject line write “Vet selection advice” and we can advise you appropriately.

Domestic

General Pathway
The General Pathway is open to all domestic students.  

The Veterinary Māori and Pacific (VetMAP) Pathway
The Veterinary Māori and Pacific students (VetMAP) pathway is open to domestic students who are of New Zealand Māori or Pacific descent. 

International

Group 1 General Pathway
The General pathway is open to international Group 1 students.  International Group 1 students are those who either do not meet all of the eligibility criteria for Group 2, or meet the criteria but were not ranked highly enough to be offered a Group 2 position. 

Group 2 Pathway
Group 2 international students compete for entry directly into the professional phase on the basis of their previous academic performance at university/college overseas. In order to be eligible for selection into the professional phase as a Group 2 international student, you need to have met the eligibility criteria for selection into the professional phase. VMCAS applicants are Group 2 applicants.

THIRD: Select the relevant section below for details of application requirements

Please note: The veterinary selection process is complex, so written advice should be sought from a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice at Massey University. This is especially important if you have completed any previous university level study.  Please do not seek advice about veterinary selection from any other university staff members as only the specialist veterinary academic advisers are trained regarding the many factors that must be considered. Please be reminded that in your application for admission you have agreed that you will not rely on verbal advice.

Click on the 'plus' sign to expand the section that is relevant to you.

 Domestic Students – General pathway

Domestic students must complete at least one semester of university study in New Zealand to develop a Grade Point Average (GPA) for selection into the professional phase. 

Admission

If you are applying directly from high school or have no prior university study you’ll need to complete two admission applications – one for the BVSc pre-selection semester and a second for the BVSc professional phase.

If you have completed any prior university study then you need to contact a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice at Massey University to discuss whether the courses you have previously studied are equivalent to the prerequisite courses and if the grades obtained will be used in the calculation of your GPA used for selection. Depending on this advice, you may not need to apply for the pre-selection phase, but you will need to submit your admission application for the BVSc professional phase. 

Admission due dates

  • BVSc Pre-selection - Semester One application: 24 January 
  • BVSc Professional Phase - Semester Two application: 5 March

Vet Programmes Supplementary Application

All students who submit the admission application for the BVSc professional phase by the above due date will be granted access to a School of Veterinary Science stream site where they will be required to complete a Veterinary Programmes Supplementary application by the date below. Students who fail to submit the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary application by the deadline will not be considered any further in the selection process for that year.

Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application due date

  • 10 March.

Selection Application Fee

There is a fee associated with applying for selection into the BVSc professional phase. All students who complete the veterinary programmes supplementary application will have the fee invoiced against their student account at Massey University on the date below. The selection application fee is non-refundable and is not covered by student loans (Studylink).

If a student applies for both the BVSc and BVetTech professional phases in the same academic year, they are only charged the cost of the selection application fee once.

Veterinary Programme Selection Fee Invoiced to Student Portal accounts

  • 25 March

Selection Process - Overview

The process for selection into the professional phase consists of two stages, both of which take place in Semester One.

Stage 1 – Shortlisting

First, you will participate in the two Stage 1 selection assessments – CASPer and the STAT F. More information about timing and venues for these assessments is below. Results are combined into a Stage 1 score based on CASPer (50%) and STAT F (50%). Applicants are then ranked by their Stage 1 scores, with the highest ranked applicants (approximately 225) invited to Stage 2 of the selection process. If you are not invited to Stage 2, you will be wait-listed in the event a Stage 2 position subsequently becomes available.

Stage 1 - key dates

  • Sit CASPer: 25 March, at 12:15pm (TBC)
  • Sit STAT F: 28 March, at 2:00pm

Stage 2 – Final Selection

If you are invited and accept the invitation to Stage 2 of the selection process, you will then participate in a multi mini interview (MMI). You must accept your Stage 2 invitation to participate in the MMI by the date below or your MMI place will be forfeited and allocated to another applicant. Stage 2 is only offered at the Manawatū campus and it is the student’s responsibility to arrange and pay any travel and accommodation costs. The MMI could be scheduled anytime from 8am to 6.15pm on Saturday, or 8am to 1.30pm on Sunday.

At the end of Semester One, a Stage 2 selection score for each applicant will be calculated based on GPA (50%) and MMI performance (50%). More information on the MMI process and calculation of GPA is below. This Stage 2 selection score will be used to rank applicants who have met all of the minimum eligibility criteria (see below) for offers into the BVSc professional phase.

Stage 2 key dates

  • Invitation to Stage 2 MMI sent: 1 May
  • Last day to accept Stage 2 MMI invitation: 13 May
  • Attend MMI: 23-24 May

BVSc stages diagram

IMPORTANT: Restrictions on number of applications

From 2020, restrictions on the number of times you can apply into the BVSc professional phase under the General pathway have been introduced as follows:

  • Stage 1 – Submission of the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application – maximum of 4 applications
  • Stage 2 – Accept invitation to MMI – maximum of 2 applications

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

You must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria to be considered as eligible for selection into the BVSc professional phase:

  • Complete 10 full days (80 hours) of pre-entry veterinary practical work experience before the start of the pre-selection semester and submit the official verification form as evidence by the due date
  • Pass all the prerequisite courses
  • Complete all selection assessments (CASPer, STAT F and MMI)
  • Obtain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 5.0 (B Grade)

Please note that the actual GPA for selection will likely be higher than the minimum for eligibility depending on the number, and academic ability, of the applicants each year. 

Pre-entry Veterinary Practical Work Experience

Students must complete 10 days (total ≥80) hours of veterinary practical work experience in a veterinary clinic(s) or hospital(s) within 3 years of the start of the professional phase of the degree. This may be completed in New Zealand or overseas, but MUST be completed BEFORE you start the pre-selection semester or you will not be eligible for selection. For your preparation, we recommend you spend 1 week at 2 different clinics, with ideally 1 week of small animal and 1 week of large animal experience.

You will need the Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form completed by the clinic(s) and submitted by the date below. 

Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification

Prerequisite courses

The four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc are offered in Semester One at both the Auckland and Manawatū Campuses. If you have not undertaken any university study previously you must enrol in and pass all of these courses to be eligible for selection into the professional phase. If you have done some university study, please email academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and in the subject line write “Vet selection advice” and we can advise you which prerequisite courses you may be given credit for. The prerequisite courses are:

123.104 Chemistry for Biological Sciences
124.103 Biophysical Principles
162.101 Cell Biology
199.103 Animals and the Environment

Selection Assessments – Further information

CASPer

CASPer is 90-minute (approximately) online, video-scenario format, situational judgement test. In this assessment you will be presented with a set of video format scenarios that might be experienced by people in everyday life. For each scenario you will be asked to type open-ended responses to questions in a set period of time. You will also be asked to type open-ended responses to some non-video based questions. You may find it helpful to develop your typing skills for this assessment and as a general skill.

CASPer is offered as an online test by an external provider on a fixed date and time, so you can complete this assessment anywhere you have access to a computer with a webcam and excellent internet access (broadband or fibre).

There is a fee for sitting the CASPer assessment which you will need to pay online when you register for the assessment with the providers of CASPer and further information about the assessment will be emailed to you after registration.

In 2020, CASPer will likely be held on 25 March at 12.15pm (TBC).

STAT F

The STAT F (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) is a two-hour multiple choice question test designed to assess your ability to understand, analyse and think critically about written and numerical material. See STAT F info and practice questions(PDF) for further information about the STAT F and sample questions.

If you have already completed the STAT F at Massey University within the last five years you may choose to re-use your score or re-sit the STAT F.  If you choose to re-sit the STAT F, then your most recent score will be used (irrespective of whether or not it is the highest).

In 2020, the STAT F will be held on 28 March at 2pm, and must be sat at either the Auckland or Manawatū Campus.

Multi Mini Interview (MMI)

The MMI consists of a round of 8 short structured interviews each lasting 8 minutes (for a total of 64 minutes). At each interview station, you will be presented with a hypothetical scenario that might be experienced by veterinary students during the course of their training and questions about the scenario. Before the start of each interview, you have a short time to read the scenario, prepare your thoughts, and make notes to help you respond to the scenario questions. You then enter the interview room and explain your responses to the scenario questions to the interviewer. When you are finished or at the end of 8 minutes, you move to the next interview station where the process is repeated.

We utilise the MMI format of interview as research demonstrates significant benefits of this format over traditional panel or one-on-one interviews. One benefit is that the MMI enables multiple assessments of an applicant’s abilities by different interviewers, which increases the reliability of the assessment.

In 2020, the MMI will be held during the weekend of 23-24 May at the Manawatū Campus.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grades from courses eligible to be included in the GPA calculation are converted to a grade score and the following formula is used for GPA calculation:

GPA =  ∑ (University Grade Scores x Subject Credits)
                                 Total Credits

Grade scores from 0 to 9.0 are used as follows:

A+

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-/R

D, E, F, or DC

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Where an applicant has no prior university study, their GPA will be calculated from the four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc (“prerequisite courses”) calculated as described above. 

Where an applicant has completed any prior university study (including university courses taken while in high school), their GPA will be calculated as described above following an extensive set of rules that take into account the applicant’s previous and current university study. To reliably determine which grades will be included in the GPA for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc, an applicant with prior university study should contact a specialist veterinary academic advisor in Academic Advice at Massey University and put “Vet Selection advice” in the subject line so appropriate written advice can be given. Applicants may only rely upon such written advice regarding their GPA calculation for selection. To receive reliable written advice before the start of semester, applicants need to email the advisors by 1 February for Semester One and by 30 June for Semester Two.

See the full set of rules regarding GPA calculation: BVetSc-BVetTech-GPA-regulations.pdf (561 KB)

If you are not invited to Stage 2 or not selected into the professional phase

If you do not progress to Stage 2 (you are not invited to an MMI) or progress to Stage 2 but are not selected into the professional phase of the BVSc, we recommend that you seek Academic Advice on progressing into another university qualification starting in Semester Two. The prerequisite courses in Semester One you pass will transfer directly into the Bachelor of Animal Science, several majors in the Bachelor of Science, and may be compulsory or elective courses within other qualifications at Massey University.

If you are intending to reapply again for entry into the BVSc professional phase in the future, we strongly recommend you have your courses approved in writing PRIOR TO STARTING THEM by a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice to confirm your planned course of study will be eligible for re-selection. Failure to seek such confirmation will not be considered an adequate reason to appeal non-selection. Please be aware of the restriction on the number of times you can apply for selection into the BVSc professional phase (see above).

Special Consideration Application

If you believe you have been subject to extenuating circumstances outside of your control, you may apply for Special Consideration of your application. Special Consideration applications are considered by the Veterinary Student Selection Committee after the end of Semester One. The Committee’s decision on your Special Consideration application is final and cannot be appealed.

The Special Consideration application only allows for consideration of extenuating personal circumstances outside of your control that are not adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance process (eg ongoing medical problems, multiple events in a semester etc). Special Consideration applications will not be considered where they relate to circumstances that are adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance procedure, such as acute personal circumstances that impair preparation for, attendance at, or performance in an assessment.

There are two outcomes for which you can apply for special consideration. The first is for removal of a semester (or more) of grades from your GPA for selection based on extenuating circumstances. The second is to have an application attempt removed from your total attempt count. The Committee will not change your selection outcome (ie not selected to selected) on the basis of a Special Consideration application.

Removal of grades

In your application you will need to explain what the extenuating circumstances were and how these circumstances affected your academic performance, and which semester(s) of grades you are seeking to have removed from your GPA.

If your application is approved, the Committee may elect to remove the grades of one or more semesters from your GPA calculation, so that your selection is based only on grades from semesters unaffected by the extenuating circumstances.  In order to be eligible for selection either that year or in a future selection application, following the exclusion of grades on the basis of a Special Consideration application (or applications) you must have completed at least two unaffected semesters. For students who are completing their first semester to create a GPA for selection, this will mean they will not be eligible in that year of application.

Removal of selection attempt from total attempt count

In your application you will need to explain what the extenuating circumstances were and why these should be considered for removal of a selection attempt from your total attempt count. Students will need to state which selection attempt (stage 1 or stage 2) and for which year you are seeking to have the attempt removed. If your application is approved, the Committee may elect to remove one of your selection applications from your total attempt count.

Applying for Special Consideration

To apply for special consideration you must submit the following to the Veterinary Student Selection Committee by 30 June in the year for which you are applying for selection:

  • A completed Special Consideration application form with appropriate explanation as outlined above, and that specifies whether you are seeking removal of grades and/or removal of selection attempt from total attempt count.
  • Appropriate verification of your extenuating circumstances and the effect these had on you. Appropriate verification would vary by circumstance but would usually be from a medical professional (doctor, counsellor etc.) and would follow similar guidelines to Aegrotat/impaired performance applications.  Verification by family members or friends is not appropriate.
  • A copy of your academic transcript for any study you have completed outside Massey University.

Special Consideration application 

Appealing your selection outcome

The BVSc professional phase selection process has been approved by the Veterinary Programmes Committee. If you are not selected into the professional phase of the BVSc, you have a right to appeal your selection outcome subject to the following:

  • The grounds for appeal can only be based on procedural irregularities relating to the examination or decision-making process.
  • No appeal will be allowed based on dissatisfaction with the judgement of the assessors (such as the choice of assessment questions or the scores or ratings given in assessments).
  • No appeal will be allowed on grounds relating to circumstances affecting your performance on the assessments. You may be able to apply for Special Consideration to the Veterinary Selection Sub-Committee by 30 June in the year you are applying for selection (see above).

Examples of appeals that cannot be considered include:

  • You, your family, a veterinarian or any other person think you would make a great veterinarian
  • You have a lot of experience with animals
  • A course grade is lower than that which you feel you deserved

To appeal your selection outcome you must apply to the Veterinary Student Selection Appeals Sub-Committee by the specified due date.  You must complete the Veterinary Student Selection Appeal form outlining the grounds of the appeal and submit any supporting evidence by the due date. You will also have the opportunity to present your appeal in person to the Committee if you choose – date/time of the selection appeal meeting will be confirmed on the Stream site by 1 May.

Selection Appeal application 

 Domestic Students – Veterinary Māori and Pacific students (VetMAP) pathway

The pathway for Veterinary Māori and Pacific Students (VetMAP) is open to domestic students who are of New Zealand Māori or Pacific descent. Domestic students who are of New Zealand Māori or Pacific descent can elect to apply through either the General or the VetMAP pathway (but not both).

Domestic students must complete at least one semester of university study in New Zealand to develop a Grade Point Average (GPA) for selection into the professional phase.

Admission

If you are applying directly from high school or have no prior university study you’ll need to complete two admission applications – one for the BVSc pre-selection semester and a second for the BVSc professional phase.

If you have completed any prior university study then you need to contact a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice at Massey University to discuss whether the courses you have previously studied are equivalent to the prerequisite courses and if the grades obtained will be used in the calculation of your GPA used for selection. Depending on this advice, you may not need to apply for the pre-selection phase, but you will need to submit your admission application for the BVSc professional phase. 

Admission due dates

  • BVSc pre-selection Semester One application: 24 January
  • BVSc professional phase Semester Two application: 5 March

VetMAP application

In addition to applying for admission into Massey University you are required to complete a VetMAP application form by the due date below. The VetMAP application collects information that helps to determine eligibility for the VetMAP pathway and assists the SoVS to provide effective student support services. 

Completing the form:

  • All questions marked with an asterisk * must be answered
  • Attach a copy of your most recent official second school results (ie NCEA Levels 1-3, CIE, IB)
  • Attach a copy of an official academic transcript (if you have enrolled at a tertiary institution at any time)
  • Certification of ancestry

Please note:  Submission of the VetMAP application does not constitute a formal admission application to Massey University for the BVSc pre-selection or BVSc professional phase.

Certification of ancestry

You will need to attach a completed VetMAP Family Ancestry Template (86 KB) showing your family ancestry back to your great grandparents in the online VetMAP application form and provide details of a person who can certify your ancestry. If there are outstanding concerns, the SoVS may require that additional information is supplied by the student.

If you are unable to provide the ancestry information, a testimonial can be submitted if an applicant believes they have New Zealand Māori and Pacific ancestry but cannot provide any details to identify as a New Zealand Māori and/or Pacific ancestor (eg names). The testimonial details should explain why the applicant believes they are eligible for the VetMAP pathway but cannot provide ancestry information. 

Vet School VetMAP application due date

Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application

All students who submit the admission application for the BVSc professional phase by the above due date will be granted access to a School of Veterinary Science stream site where they will be required to complete a Veterinary Programmes Supplementary application by the date below. Students who fail to submit the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary application by the deadline will not be considered any further in the selection process for that year.    

Veterinary programmes supplementary application due date

  • 10 March

Selection Application Fee

There is a fee associated with applying for selection into the BVSc professional phase. All students who complete the veterinary programmes supplementary application will have the fee invoiced against their student account at Massey University on the date below. The selection application fee is non-refundable and is not covered by student loans (Studylink).

If a student applies for both the BVSc and BVetTech professional phases in the same academic year, they are only charged the cost of the selection application fee once.

Veterinary Programme Selection Fee Invoiced to Student Portal Accounts

  • 25 March

Selection Process - Overview

The process for selection into the professional phase consists of several stages, all of which take place shortly before or during Semester One.

To be eligible for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc under the VetMAP pathway you must:

  • Submit the VetMAP application form with evidence of your Māori or Pacific whakapapa or ancestry by 1 February
  • Attend the VetMAP orientation (Powhiri and interview at the Manawatū campus) in the week before university commences
  • Submit the admission application for the BVSc professional phase Semester Two by 5 March
  • Complete the selection assessments in Semester One of CASPer, STAT F Test and VetMAP MMI (more information about timing and venues for these assessments is below)
  • Meet all minimum eligibility criteria (see below)

VetMAP pathway selection assessment dates

  • Sit CASPer: 25 March, 12:15pm (TBC)
  • Sit STAT F: 28 March, 2:00pm
  • Attend VetMAP MMI: 23-24 May

Final selection

Selection into the professional phase of the BVSc is based on a holistic overview of your results from CASPer, STAT F, VetMAP MMI, GPA as well as comments from the SoVS Māori and Pacific Veterinary Adviser.

IMPORTANT: Restrictions on number of applications

From 2020, the number of times you can apply into the BVSc professional phase under the VetMAP pathway is limited to a maximum of 4 applications. Submission of the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application constitutes an application for these limits.

Where a VetMAP applicant applies in a later year under the General pathway, the number of VetMAP applications will be subtracted from their allowable General pathway Stage 1 of 4 applications.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

You must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria to be considered for selection into the BVSc professional phase:

  • Complete 10 full days (80 hours) of pre-entry veterinary practical work experience before the start of the pre-selection semester and submit the official verification form as evidence by the due date
  • Pass all the prerequisite courses
  • Attend VetMAP orientation (Manawatū campus) and complete all selection assessments (CASPer, STAT F and VetMAP MMI)
  • Obtain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 5.0 (B Grade)

Please note that the actual GPA for selection may be higher than the minimum for eligibility depending on the number, and academic ability of, the applicants each year. 

Pre-entry Veterinary Practical Work Experience

Students must complete 10 days (total ≥80) hours of veterinary practical work experience in a veterinary clinic(s) or hospital(s) within 3 years of the start of the professional phase of the degree. This may be completed in New Zealand or overseas, but MUST be completed BEFORE you start the pre-selection semester or you will not be eligible for selection. For your preparation, we recommend you spend 1 week at 2 different clinics, with ideally 1 week of small animal and 1 week of large animal experience.

You will need the Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form completed by the clinic(s) and submitted by the date below.

Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form

Prerequisite courses

The four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc are offered in Semester One at both the Auckland and Manawatū Campuses. If you have not undertaken any university study previously you must enrol in and pass all of these courses to be eligible for selection into the professional phase. If you have done some university study, please email academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and in the subject line write “Vet selection advice” and we can advise you which prerequisite courses you may be given credit for. The prerequisite courses are:
123.104 Chemistry for Biological Sciences
124.103 Biophysical Principles
162.101 Cell Biology
199.103 Animals and the Environment

Selection Assessments – further information

VetMAP Orientation - Pōwhiri and Interview

VetMAP applicants will need to attend a 1-2 day (dates TBC) student orientation held at the Manawatū Campus during the week before university commences for Semester One. Applicants’ whānau will also be invited to attend. The aim of the orientation and pōwhiri is to welcome students and their whānau to the Massey University and SoVS community, and enable them to meet key people and other applicants. We’ll also take some time to meet with applicants to reaffirm their readiness to commence the pre-selection semester, and where concerns arise, provide alternate starting point opportunities for applicants and their whānau to consider. The orientation will also include activities and workshops to facilitate your transition to university life.

CASPer

CASPer is a 90-minute (approximately) online, video-scenario format, situational judgement test. In this assessment you will be presented with a set of video format scenarios that might be experienced by people in everyday life. For each scenario you will be asked to type open-ended responses to questions in a set period of time. You will also be asked to type open-ended responses to some non-video based questions. You may find it helpful to develop your typing skills for this assessment and as a general skill.

CASPer is offered as an online test by an external provider on a fixed date and time, so you can complete this assessment anywhere you have access to a computer with a webcam and excellent internet access (broadband or fibre).

There is a fee for sitting the CASPer assessment which you will need to pay online when you register for the assessment with the providers of CASPer and further information about the assessment will be emailed to you after registration.

In 2020, CASPer will likely be held on 25 March at 12.15pm (TBC).

STAT F

The STAT F (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) is a two-hour multiple choice question test designed to assess your ability to understand, analyse and think critically about written and numerical material. See STAT F info and practice questions(PDF) for further information about the STAT F and sample questions.

If you have already completed the STAT F at Massey University within the last five years you may choose to re-use your score or re-sit the STAT F. If you choose to re-sit the STAT F, then your most recent score will be used (irrespective of whether or not it is the highest).

In 2020, the STAT F will be held on 28 March at 2pm, and must be sat at either the Auckland or Manawatū Campus.

VetMAP Multi Mini Interview (MMI)

The VetMAP MMI consists of a round of short interviews with different interviewers. Interviews may include a mix of both traditional interviews exploring readiness for professional phase study and structured hypothetical scenario interviews.

For the hypothetical scenario interviews, you will be presented with a hypothetical scenario that might be experienced by veterinary students during the course of their training and questions about the scenario. Before the start of each interview, you have a short time to read the scenario, prepare your thoughts, and make notes to help you respond to the scenario questions. You then enter the interview room and explain your responses to the scenario questions to the interviewer. When you are finished or at the end of the interview, you move to the next interview station where the process is repeated.

In 2020, the VetMAP MMI will be held during the weekend of 23-24 May at the Manawatū Campus.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grades from courses eligible to be included in the GPA calculation are converted to a grade score and the following formula is used for GPA calculation:


GPA =  ∑ (University Grade Scores x Subject Credits)
                                  Total Credits

Grade scores from 0 to 9.0 are used as follows:

A+

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-/R

D, E, F, or DC

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Where an applicant has no prior university study, their GPA will be calculated from the four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc (“prerequisite courses”) calculated as described above.

Where an applicant has completed any prior university study (including university courses taken while in high school), their GPA will be calculated as described above following an extensive set of rules that take into account the applicant’s previous and current university study. To reliably determine which grades will be included in the GPA for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc, an applicant with prior university study should contact a specialist veterinary academic advisor in Academic Advice at Massey University and put “Vet Selection advice” in the subject line so appropriate written advice can be given. Applicants may only rely upon such written advice regarding their GPA calculation for selection. To receive reliable written advice before the start of semester, applicants need to email the advisors by 1 February for Semester One and by 30 June for Semester Two.

See the full set of rules regarding GPA calculation: BVetSc-BVetTech-GPA-regulations.pdf (561 KB)

If you are not selected into the professional phase

If you are not selected into the professional phase of the BVSc, we recommend that you seek Academic Advice  on progressing into another university qualification starting in Semester Two. The prerequisite courses in Semester One you pass will transfer directly into the Bachelor of Animal Science, several majors in the Bachelor of Science, and may be compulsory or elective courses within other qualifications at Massey University.

If you are intending to reapply again for entry into the BVSc professional phase in the future, we strongly recommend you have your courses approved in writing PRIOR TO STARTING THEM by a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice to confirm your planned course of study will be eligible for re-selection. Failure to seek such confirmation will not be considered an adequate reason to appeal non-selection. Please be aware of the restriction on the number of times you can apply for selection into the BVSc professional phase (see above).

Special Consideration Application

If you believe you have been subject to extenuating circumstances outside of your control, you may apply for Special Consideration of your application.  Special Consideration applications are considered by the Veterinary Student Selection Committee after the end of Semester One. The Committee’s decision on your Special Consideration application is final and cannot be appealed.

The Special Consideration application only allows for consideration of extenuating personal circumstances outside of your control that are not adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance process  (eg ongoing medical problems, multiple events in a semester etc.). Special Consideration applications will not be considered where they relate to circumstances that are adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance procedure, such as acute personal circumstances that impair preparation for, attendance at, or performance in an assessment.

There are two outcomes for which you can apply for special consideration. The first is for removal of a semester (or more) of grades from your GPA for selection based on extenuating circumstances. The second is to have an application attempt removed from your total attempt count. The Committee will not change your selection outcome (ie not selected to selected) on the basis of a Special Consideration application.

Removal of grades

In your application you will need to explain what the extenuating circumstances were and how these circumstances affected your academic performance, and which semester(s) of grades you are seeking to have removed from your GPA.

If your application is approved, the Committee may elect to remove the grades of one or more semesters from your GPA calculation, so that your selection is based only on grades from semesters unaffected by the extenuating circumstances.  In order to be eligible for selection either that year or in a future selection application, following the exclusion of grades on the basis of a Special Consideration application (or applications) you must have completed at least two unaffected semesters. For students who are completing a semester to create a GPA for selection, this will mean they will not be eligible in that year of application.

Removal of selection attempt from total attempt count

In your application you will need to explain what the extenuating circumstances were and why these should be considered for removal of a selection attempt from your total attempt count.  Students will need to state which selection attempt (stage 1 or stage 2) and for which year you are seeking to have the attempt removed.  If your application is approved, the Committee may elect to remove one of your selection applications from your total attempt count.

Applying for Special Consideration

To apply for special consideration you must submit the following to the Veterinary Student Selection Committee by June 30 in the year for which you are applying for selection:

  • A completed Special Consideration application form with appropriate explanation as outlined above, and that specifies whether you are seeking removal of grades and/or removal of selection attempt from total attempt count.
  • Appropriate verification of your extenuating circumstances and the effect these had on you.  Appropriate verification would vary by circumstance but would usually be from a medical professional (doctor, counsellor etc.) and would follow similar guidelines to Aegrotat/impaired performance applications. Verification by family members or friends is not appropriate.
  • A copy of your academic transcript for any study you have completed outside Massey University.

Special Consideration application 

Appealing your selection outcome

The BVSc professional phase selection process has been approved by the Veterinary Programmes Committee. If you are not selected into the professional phase of the BVSc, you have a right to appeal your selection outcome subject to the following:

  • The grounds for appeal can only be based on procedural irregularities relating to the examination or decision-making process.
  • No appeal will be allowed based on dissatisfaction with the judgement of the assessors (such as the choice of assessment questions or the scores or ratings given in assessments).
  • No appeal will be allowed on grounds relating to circumstances affecting your performance on the assessments. You may be able to apply for Special Consideration to the Veterinary Selection Sub-Committee by 30 June in the year you are applying for selection (see above).

Examples of appeals that cannot be considered include:

  • You, your family, a veterinarian or any other person think you would make a great veterinarian
  • You have a lot of experience with animals
  • A course grade is lower than that you feel you deserved

To appeal your selection outcome you must apply to the Veterinary Student Selection Appeals Sub-Committee by the specified due date. You must complete the Veterinary Student Selection Appeal form outlining the grounds of the appeal and submit any supporting evidence by the due date. You will also have the opportunity to present your appeal in person to the Committee if you choose – date/time of the selection appeal meeting will be confirmed on the stream site by 1 May.

Selection Appeal application 

 Group 1 International students

Group 1 students are international students who come to New Zealand and complete the pre-selection semester in order to prove their capability for the professional phase.  Group 1 students usually either do not meet all of the eligibility criteria for Group 2, or met the criteria but were not ranked highly enough to be offered a Group 2 position.  

Group 1 students apply for admission to the professional phase under the General pathway.

Admission

All Group 1 international students will need to complete two admission applications – one for the BVSc pre-selection semester by 21 October and a second for the BVSc professional phase by 5 March (late applications are not accepted for the professional phase).  

Admission due dates

  • BVSc Pre-selection - Semester One application: 21 October (International applicants from some countries may be able to apply after this date.  Please contact the Admissions Team for International Applications for further information)
  • BVSc Professional Phase - Semester Two application: 5 March

Documentation required:

As a Group 1 applicant, you will need to submit the following documentation as part of your BVSc pre-selection admission application:

  • A verified copy of your birth certificate or a valid passport that will not expire during your time in New Zealand.
  • Evidence you have met our International English Language entrance requirements. Request your English language proficiency scores be sent to Massey University. We require different IELTS requirements for entry into the pre-selection and professional phases.
    - Pre-selection semester – minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5).
    - BVSc professional phase – minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (no band less than 6.5).

    Applicants from countries where English is the recognised first language (eg USA, Canada, UK etc.) OR the applicant has completed at least 6 years of secondary or tertiary education in English may be exempted from this requirement.
  • The Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form completed by a veterinarian(s) confirming you have completed at least 10 full days (80 hours) veterinary clinic experience within the last three years.
  • Official academic transcripts from ALL your previously completed university courses (if any).
  • A declaration that you do not have any criminal convictions. This must be witnessed by a notary public, justice of the peace, a solicitor or a commissioner of oaths. The witness must use an official stamp (in English) on the front of the document and sign and date the document. The statement should be worded as follows:
    "I, (NAME), solemnly and sincerely declare that I have not been convicted of any criminal offence which might prejudice my future registration as a Veterinarian."

For any questions regarding admission to Massey University email international@massey.ac.nz

Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application

All students who submit the admission application for the BVSc professional phase by the above due date will be granted access to a School of Veterinary Science stream site where they will be required to complete a Veterinary Programmes Supplementary application by the date below.  Students who fail to submit the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary application by the deadline will not be considered any further in the selection process for that year.   

Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application due date

  • 10 March

Selection Application Fee

There is a fee associated with applying for selection into the BVSc professional phase.  All students who complete the veterinary programmes supplementary application will have the fee invoiced against their student account at Massey University on the date below.  The selection application fee is non-refundable and is not covered by student loans (Studylink).

If a student applies for both the BVSc and BVetTech professional phases in the same academic year, they are only charged the cost of the selection application fee once.

Veterinary Programme Selection Fee Invoice Date

  • 25 March

Selection Process - Overview

The process for selection into the professional phase consists of two stages, both of which take place in Semester One.

Stage 1 – Shortlisting

First, you will participate in the two Stage 1 selection assessments – CASPer and the STAT F. More information about timing and venues for these assessments is below. Results are combined into a Stage 1 score based on CASPer (50%) and STAT F (50%). Applicants are then ranked by their Stage 1 scores, with the highest ranked applicants (approximately 225) invited to Stage 2 of the selection process. If you are not invited to Stage 2, you will be waitlisted in the event a Stage 2 position subsequently becomes available.

Stage 1 - key dates

  • Sit CASPer: 25 March, 12:15pm (TBC)
  • Sit STAT F: 28 March, 2:00pm

Stage 2 – Final Selection

If you are invited and accept the invitation to Stage 2 of the selection process, you will then participate in a multi mini interview (MMI). You must accept your Stage 2 invitation to participate in the MMI by 13 May or your MMI place will be forfeited and allocated to another applicant. Stage 2 is only offered at the Manawatū campus and it is the student’s responsibility to arrange and pay any travel and accommodation costs. The MMI could be scheduled anytime from 8am to 6.15pm on Saturday or 8am to 1.30pm on Sunday.

At the end of Semester One, a Stage 2 selection score for each applicant will be calculated based on GPA (50%) and MMI performance (50%). More information on the MMI process and calculation of GPA is below. This Stage 2 selection score will be used to rank applicants who have met all of the minimum eligibility criteria (see below) for offers into the BVSc professional phase.

Stage 2 - key dates

  • Invitation to Stage 2 MMI sent: 1 May
  • Last day to accept MMI invitation: 13 May
  • Attend MMI: 23-24 May

BVSc stages diagram

IMPORTANT: Restrictions on number of applications

From 2020, restrictions on the number of times you can apply into the BVSc professional phase under the General pathway have been introduced as follows:

  • Stage 1 – Submission of the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application – maximum of 4 applications
  • Stage 2 – Accept invitation to MMI – maximum of 2 applications

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

You must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria to be considered as eligible for selection into the BVSc professional phase:

  • Complete 10 full days (80 hours) of pre-entry veterinary practical work experience before the start of the pre-selection semester and submit the official verification form to evidence by the due date
  • Pass all the prerequisite courses
  • Complete all selection assessments (CASPer, STAT F and MMI)
  • Obtain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 5.0 (B Grade)

Please note that the actual GPA for selection will likely be higher than the minimum for eligibility depending on the number, and academic ability, of the applicants each year. 

Pre-entry Veterinary Practical Work Experience

Students must complete 10 days (total ≥80) hours of veterinary practical work experience in a veterinary clinic(s) or hospital(s) within 3 years of the start of the professional phase of the degree. The work experience MUST be completed BEFORE you start the pre-selection semester or you will not be eligible for selection.

If you are not living in New Zealand you must complete the veterinary practical work experience in your home country before arriving in New Zealand for the BVSc pre-selection semester. For your preparation, we recommend you spend 1 week at 2 different clinics, with ideally 1 week of small animal and 1 week of large animal experience.

You will need the Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form completed by the clinic and submitted by the date below.

Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification

Prerequisite courses

The four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc are offered in Semester One at both the Auckland and Manawatū Campuses. If you have not undertaken any university study previously you must enrol in and pass all of these courses to be eligible for selection into the professional phase. If you have done some university study, please email academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and in the subject line write “Vet selection advice” and we can advise you which prerequisite courses you may be given credit for. The prerequisite courses are:
123.104 Chemistry for Biological Sciences
124.103 Biophysical Principles
162.101 Cell Biology
199.103 Animals and the Environment

Selection Assessments – Further information

CASPer

CASPer is a 90-minute (approximately) online, video-scenario format, situational judgement test. In this assessment you will be presented with a set of video format scenarios that might be experienced by people in everyday life. For each scenario you will be asked to type open-ended responses to questions in a set period of time. You will also be asked to type open-ended responses to some non-video based questions. You may find it helpful to develop your typing skills for this assessment and as a general skill.

CASPer is offered as an online test by an external provider on a fixed date and time, so you can complete this assessment anywhere you have access to a computer with a webcam and excellent internet access (broadband or fibre). There is a fee for sitting the CASPer assessment which you will need to pay online when you register for the assessment with the providers of CASPer and further information about the assessment will be emailed to you after registration.

In 2020, CASPer will likely be held on 25 March at 12.15pm (TBC).

STAT F 

The STAT F (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) is a two-hour multiple choice question test designed to assess your ability to understand, analyse and think critically about written and numerical material. See STAT F info and practice questions(PDF) for further information about the STAT F and sample questions.

If you have already completed the STAT F test at Massey University within the last five years you may choose to re-use your score or re-sit the STAT F.  If you choose to re-sit the STAT F, then your most recent score will be used (irrespective of whether or not it is the highest).

In 2020, the STAT F will be held on 28 March at 2pm, and must be sat at either the Auckland or Manawatū Campus.

Multi Mini Interview (MMI)

The MMI consists of a round of 8 short structured interviews each lasting 8 minutes (for a total of 64 minutes). At each interview station, you will be presented with a hypothetical scenario that might be experienced by veterinary students during the course of their training and questions about the scenario. Before the start of each interview, you have a short time to read the scenario, prepare your thoughts, and make notes to help you respond to the scenario questions. You then enter the interview room and explain your responses to the scenario questions to the interviewer. When you are finished or at the end of 8 minutes, you move to the next interview station where the process is repeated.

We utilise the MMI format of interview as research demonstrates significant benefits of this format over traditional panel or one-on-one interviews. One benefit is that the MMI enables multiple assessments of an applicant’s abilities by different interviewers, which increases the reliability of the assessment.

In 2020, the MMI will be held on during the weekend of 23-24 May at the Manawatū Campus.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grades from courses eligible to be included in the GPA calculation are converted to a grade score and the following formula is used for GPA calculation:


GPA =  ∑ (University Grade Scores x Subject Credits)
                                  Total Credits

Grade scores from 0 to 9.0 are used as follows:

A+

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-/R

D, E, F, or DC

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Where an applicant has no prior university study, their GPA will be calculated from the four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc (“prerequisite courses”) calculated as described above.

Where an applicant has completed any prior university study (including university courses taken while in high school), their GPA will be calculated as described above following an extensive set of rules that take into account the applicant’s previous and current university study. To reliably determine which grades will be included in the GPA for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc, an applicant with prior university study should contact a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice at Massey University and put “Vet Selection advice” in the subject line so appropriate written advice can be given. Applicants may only rely upon such written advice regarding their GPA calculation for selection. To receive reliable written advice before the start of semester, applicants need to email the advisors by 1 February for Semester One and by 30 June for Semester Two.

See the full set of rules regarding GPA calculation: BVetSc-BVetTech-GPA-regulations.pdf (561 KB)

If you are not invited to Stage 2 or not selected into the professional phase

If you do not progress to Stage 2 (you are not invited to an MMI) or progress to Stage 2 but are not selected into the professional phase of the BVSc, we recommend that you seek Academic Advice  on progressing into another university qualification starting in Semester Two.  The prerequisite courses in Semester One you pass will transfer directly into the Bachelor of Animal Science, several majors in the Bachelor of Science, and may be compulsory or elective courses within other qualifications at Massey University.

If you are intending to reapply again for entry into the BVSc professional phase in the future, we strongly recommend you have your courses approved in writing PRIOR TO STARTING THEM by a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice to confirm your planned course of study will be eligible for re-selection. Failure to seek such confirmation will not be considered an adequate reason to appeal non-selection. Please be aware of the restriction on the number of times you can apply for selection into the BVSc professional phase (see above).

Special Consideration Application

If you believe you have been subject to extenuating circumstances outside of your control, you may apply for Special Consideration of your application.  Special Consideration applications are considered by the Veterinary Student Selection Committee after the end of Semester One. The Committee’s decision on your Special Consideration application is final and cannot be appealed.

The Special Consideration application only allows for consideration of extenuating personal circumstances outside of your control that are not adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance process  (eg ongoing medical problems, multiple events in a semester etc.). Special Consideration applications will not be considered where they relate to circumstances that are adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance procedure, such as acute personal circumstances that impair preparation for, attendance at, or performance in an assessment.

There are two outcomes for which you can apply for special consideration. The first is for removal of a semester (or more) of grades from your GPA for selection based on extenuating circumstances. The second is to have an application attempt removed from your total attempt count. The Committee will not change your selection outcome (ie not selected to selected) on the basis of a Special Consideration application.

Removal of grades

In your application you will need to explain what the extenuating circumstances were and how these circumstances affected your academic performance, and which semester(s) of grades you are seeking to have removed from your GPA.

If your application is approved, the Committee may elect to remove the grades of one or more semesters from your GPA calculation, so that your selection is based only on grades from semesters unaffected by the extenuating circumstances.  In order to be eligible for selection either that year or in a future selection application, following the exclusion of grades on the basis of a Special Consideration application (or applications) you must have completed at least two unaffected semesters. For students who are completing a semester to create a GPA for selection, this will mean they will not be eligible in that year of application.

Removal of selection attempt from total attempt count

In your application you will need to explain what the extenuating circumstances were and why these should be considered for removal of a selection attempt from your total attempt count.  Students will need to state which selection attempt (stage 1 or stage 2) and for which year you are seeking to have the attempt removed.  If your application is approved, the Committee may elect to remove one of your selection applications from your total attempt count.

Applying for Special Consideration

To apply for special consideration you must submit the following to the Veterinary Student Selection Committee by June 30 in the year for which you are applying for selection:

  • A completed Special Consideration application form with appropriate explanation as outlined above, and that specifies whether you are seeking removal of grades and/or removal of selection attempt from total attempt count.
  • Appropriate verification of your extenuating circumstances and the effect these had on you.  Appropriate verification would vary by circumstance but would usually be from a medical professional (doctor, counsellor etc.) and would follow similar guidelines to Aegrotat/impaired performance applications.  Verification by family members or friends is not appropriate.
  • A copy of your academic transcript for any study you have completed outside Massey University.

Special Consideration application 

Appealing your selection outcome

The BVSc professional phase selection process has been approved by the Veterinary Programmes Committee. If you are not selected into the professional phase of the BVSc, you have a right to appeal your selection outcome subject to the following:

  • The grounds for appeal can only be based on procedural irregularities relating to the examination or decision-making process.
  • No appeal will be allowed based on dissatisfaction with the judgement of the assessors (such as the choice of assessment questions or the scores or ratings given in assessments).
  • No appeal will be allowed on grounds relating to circumstances affecting your performance on the assessments. You may be able to apply for Special Consideration to the Veterinary Selection Sub-Committee by June 30 in the year you are applying for selection (see above).

Examples of appeals that cannot be considered include:

  • You, your family, a veterinarian or any other person think you would make a great veterinarian.
  • You have a lot of experience with animals.
  • A course grade is lower than that which you feel you deserved.

To appeal your selection outcome you must apply to the Veterinary Student Selection Appeals Sub-Committee by the specified due date.  You must complete the Veterinary Student Selection Appeal form outlining the grounds of the appeal and submit any supporting evidence by the due date. You will also have the opportunity to present your appeal in person to the Committee if you choose – date/time of the selection appeal meeting will be confirmed on the stream site by 1 May.

Selection Appeal application 

 Group 2 International students

Group 2 students are international students who compete for entry directly into the professional phase of the BVSc on the basis of their academic performance at university/college overseas. In order to be eligible for selection into the professional phase as a Group 2, you need to have completed at least two years full-time (or equivalent) of an appropriate undergraduate or postgraduate science degree outside of New Zealand and meet the minimum eligibility criteria for selection into the professional phase.

Students selected via this method start in the professional phase in Semester Two (mid-July).

VMCAS applicants are considered Group 2 students. Please refer to the section below about applying as a VMCAS applicant. Also refer to the VMCAS webpage.

Admission

As a Group 2 student you don’t need to apply for the pre-selection phase, but you will need to apply for the BVSc professional phase by 1 November in the year prior to your intended start date, with all your required documents.

Admission due date

  • BVSc Professional Phase - Semester Two application: 1 November

Documentation required

As a Group 2 student, you need to submit the following documentation as part of your admission application:

  • A verified copy of your birth certificate or a valid passport that will not expire during your time in New Zealand.
  • Official academic transcripts from ALL your previously completed university courses.
  • Evidence you have met our International English Language entrance requirements of a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (no band less than 6.5).
    You will need to request that your English language proficiency scores be sent to Massey University. Students from countries where English is the recognised first language (eg USA, Canada, UK etc.) and the student has completed at least 6 years of secondary or tertiary education in English may be given an exemption from this requirement.
  • Completion of the  Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form (518 KB) signed by a veterinarian(s) confirming you have completed at least 10 full days (80 hours) veterinary clinic experience within the last three years. If you are applying through VMCAS you do not need to do this as we will use your eLORs for this purpose.
  • A declaration that you do not have any criminal convictions. This must be witnessed by a notary public, justice of the peace, a solicitor or a commissioner of oaths. The witness must use an official stamp (in English) on the front of the document and sign and date the document. The statement should be worded as follows:
    "I, (NAME), solemnly and sincerely declare that I have not been convicted of any criminal offence which might prejudice my future registration as a Veterinarian."

For any questions regarding admission to Massey University email international@massey.ac.nz

VMCAS applications

Students who completed their tertiary study in the US or Canada can apply via VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service).  The online VMCAS application service opens in late May and traditionally closes in mid-September each year.  Please refer to the VMCAS website for details on applying through VMCAS.

If you are applying through VMCAS, you will also need to submit a supplemental application, which is the Massey University admission application for the BVSc programme. You can access the online admission application by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the BVSc planning webpage.  In the admission application where you are asked if you have had contact with a Massey staff member please insert “VMCAS applicant”.  Any required documentation should be received no later than November 1.

Please note – your application for entry into the veterinary programme at Massey University WILL NOT be processed until the Massey University admission application has been submitted and documents are received. Your online VMCAS application alone does not constitute a completed application.

Prerequisite courses

Group 2 students must have completed the equivalent of the four prerequisite courses:

123.104 Chemistry for Biological Sciences
Credit requires completion of the first year (2 semesters or 3 quarters) general chemistry series plus either 1-2 semesters or quarters of organic chemistry

124.103 Biophysical Principles
Credit requires completion of 1 semesters or 2 quarters of general physics. 

162.101 Cell Biology
Credit requires completion of the first year biology series +/- genetics or cellular or molecular biology 

199.103 Animals and the Environment
Credit requires completion of the first year biology series +/- an animal science, animal physiology or animal behaviour or similar.  A general introductory organismal (ie plants and animals combined) biology course alone is not adequate for credit for 199.103.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

As a Group 2 student, you must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria to be considered for selection into the BVSc professional phase:

  • Complete 10 full days (80 hours) of veterinary practical work experience and submit the official verification form.
  • Have obtained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 3.0 (B Grade) in your previous science courses at university.  (Note: USA Grading scale out of 4.0 is used).
  • Successfully completed university level courses equivalent to the four pre- selection courses.

Please note that the actual GPA for selection will likely be higher than the minimum for eligibility depending on the number of and academic ability of the applicants each year. 

Selection Process

Stage 1 – Determination of Eligibility and shortlisting for interview

When your completed Massey University admission application has been received, it will be forwarded to the School of Veterinary Science (SoVS) for assessment to proceed to the interview phase in mid-December. The SoVS will determine whether you are eligible to be a Group 2 student based on:

  • Assessment of your prior completion of courses equivalent to the four prerequisite courses;
  • Calculation of a GPA from your previous study;
  • Evidence of your completed veterinary practical work experience.

If it is determined that you do not meet all of the eligibility criteria for Group 2, you will be advised of this and that you have the option of applying as a Group 1 international student.

A holistic review, with strong emphasis on GPA, will be made for each applicant who meets all of the eligibility criteria for Group 2 to determine those who will be shortlisted and invited to an online interview.

Stage 2 – Interview

If you are offered an online interview, you will be contacted by the SoVS with details.  Your final application outcome will be notified via the student portal in late December.

If you are offered admission into the BVSc professional phase, you will need to accept the offer and pay the tuition fees before the university can send you a confirmed offer of admission. You’ll need the confirmed offer of admission to apply for a student visa as this fulfils the accommodation requirement of the visa application. You should apply for a student visa as soon as you receive your confirmed offer of a place at Massey University. Contact the New Zealand Consulate/Embassy in your location regarding the steps needed to obtain a student visa.

For any questions regarding admission offers to Massey University, please email international@massey.ac.nz

IMPORTANT: Restrictions on number of applications

Group 2 students are limited to a maximum of 2 applications for the BVSc professional phase. The offer of an interview constitutes an application for these limits.

Selection Assessments

Grade Point Average

In order to be able to compare applicants we need to be able to calculate a Grade Point Average (GPA) which requires alpha grading (ie A to F grades).  Due to the large variation in methods of assessment around the world we require applicants that have attended universities outside of New Zealand, Canada or the US to have their academic record assessed for equivalency by a body such as the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), and converted into courses and grades equivalent to those in North America.

At Massey University we calculate the science GPA based on:

  • All science courses you have taken in the most recent 2 years of full-time (or equivalent) science-based study. 
  • The courses must have been completed within five years of the year you wish to apply for.
  • While some study may have been completed at community college, your study must not have been completed entirely at a community college.

If a student has studied part time, or has studied full time but in a largely non-science field, or has completed courses only at a community college, they are not eligible for consideration for our science GPA calculation, and are therefore not eligible for Group 2 consideration. 

Interview

Interviews are generally held in late December, and will be internet based (using Zoom or Skype). As such you will need to be somewhere where you will have reliable internet (broadband or fibre) access. We will send you an interview link when we confirm your interview date and time.

The interview panel will typically consist of 1-2 people. You will engage in a discussion with the panel with the possibility of one or more hypothetical scenarios for you to consider and discuss. These scenarios will be shared on screen, so please ensure that whatever device you are communicating on has sufficient screen size to allow you to read easily from it.

Key dates

21 October 2019International Group 1 admission application for BVSc pre-selection due
1 November 2019International Group 2 admission application for BVSc Professional Phase due
24 January 2020Domestic admission application for BVSC pre-selection due
1 February 2020SoVS VetMAP application due
17-18 February 2020 (TBC)VetMAP Orientation
24 February 2020Semester One commences
5 March 2020Domestic & International Group 1 admission application for BVSc Professional Phase due
10 March 2020SoVS Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application due
25 March 2020Veterinary selection fee - Invoiced onto student accounts
25 March 2020 at 12.15pm (TBC)CASPer
28 March 2020 at 2pmSTAT F
1 May 2020General and VetMAP - Stage 2 Invitation to MMI extended
May 2020 (TBC)Planning Day (What if not selected?)
13 May 2020General and VetMAP - Stage 2 Deadline to Accept or Decline MMI invitation
23-24 May 2020MMI Interview Weekend (General and VetMAP)
30 June 2020Special Consideration Application due
3 July 2020Afternoon Selection outcomes processed in student portal
8 July 2020 at 12 noonSelection Appeal application due
10 July 2020, afternoonFinal outcomes for appeal applications and students waitlisted on 3 July 2020
13 July 2020Semester Two commences
14-16 July 2020Hill’s VetStart@Massey

Other Programme Information

Student Progression, Re-entry and Transfer

The  Student Progression, Re-entry and Transfer into the Professional Phase of the BVSc policy (621 KB) outlines the rules for students in the professional phase of the BVSc degree.  It includes the rules for students who wish to take time out during their BVSc studies.  It also sets out information for students wishing to transfer into the degree at Massey University.

Please email the School of Veterinary Science if you wish to enquire about transferring into the professional phase of the BVSc.

Withdrawal/Timeout from BVSc Professional Phase

Vet school can be stressful and events in life that happen while you are studying can make it even more so. If you feel you might benefit from taking time out of the programme, please contact your Year Coordinator, or if that is not possible, the Associate Dean or Dean of the SoVS. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your situation.

School of Veterinary Science Student Code of Professional Conduct

As a part of your learning, you will have privileged access to client information. The trust that people place in veterinary professionals carries considerable responsibility and expectations regarding your behaviour. It is important that you are aware of these responsibilities and expectations from the beginning of your training. Any breach of these expectations could result in serious repercussions for you, your education and your later career. Accordingly, when you enter the professional phase of the BVSc you will be required to agree to comply with the SoVS Student Code of Professional Conduct (178 KB) .  Massey University is committed to support you to uphold the Student Code of Professional Conduct and to assist you throughout your studies, and encourages you to know where and how to access available support services.

Practical work experience while you study

Once selected into the professional phase of the BVSc students must complete a minimum of 21 weeks of farm and veterinary practical work.  This practical work is usually completed during semester and summer breaks of Years 1-4 as follows: 

227.110 Farm Practical Training
This is an initial week-long placement during which students learn practical skills needed to work with livestock, farm safety and farm-level agricultural economics.  This placement takes place on the Manawatū campus during Semester Two break of year 1 (August-September), and must be completed before undertaking placements for the 227.310 Farm Practical Work course.

227.310 Farm Practical Work
Students undertake at least 14 weeks of farm placements in cattle, sheep, horse and other livestock industries to develop practical animal skills and skills in observation, identification, analysis and communication.  Students can start these farm practical work placements at the end of year 1 (subject to completion of 227.110 Farm Practical Training) and must have completed them by the start of Semester Two of year 3.

227.410 Veterinary Practical Work
Students undertake at least 6 weeks of placements in external veterinary practices under the supervision of a registered veterinarian, to develop clinical skills and gain experience of client-based veterinary practice. Students can start these veterinary practical work placements during the mid-year break in Year 3 and must have completed them by the start of Semester Two of Year 4.

Registering as a Veterinarian

New Zealand

New Zealand Veterinary Council of New Zealand
To practise as, or represent yourself as a veterinarian in New Zealand you must be registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) and hold a current practising certificate.

Australia

Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.
In Australia there are eight veterinary boards and you must apply for registration within the state where you wish to practice.

United Kingdom

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
To practise as, or represent yourself as a veterinarian in the United Kingdom you must be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

United States of America

American Veterinary Medical Association
To practice as a veterinarian in the United States, you must have either have graduated from an AVMA Council on Education (COE)-accredited school or successfully completed an educational equivalency certification program such as that administered by the AVMA's Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG).

Canada

American Veterinary Medical Association
To practice as a veterinarian in Canada, you must have either have graduated from a CVMA accredited school and pass the NAVLE within 2 attempts in order to receive a Certificate of Qualification (CQ).  A CQ is a prerequisite to apply for a license from any of the 10 provincial veterinary licensing boards in Canada.   

NAVLE

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree (BVSc) from Massey University is recognised as being equivalent to a DVM from an accredited North American university.  Students graduating with the BVSc who wish to register to work as a Veterinarian in the United States of America or Canada are required to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE).  

ICVA (USA) – If you are applying to take the NAVLE for the purpose of being licensed by a USA state or territorial veterinary licensing board, you must submit TWO NAVLE applications:  ICVA NAVLE application and a NAVLE state/territorial application.  The ICVA processes the state/territorial application for 33 states, so if you choose one of these states you will only need to fill out the ICVA NAVLE application and pay the fees in one transaction.

NEB (Canada) - The National Examining Board (NEB) is responsible for the administration, in Canada, of a 3-part veterinary licensing examination process.  Completion of the exams is a requirement to be eligible to apply for license from any of the provincial veterinary licensing bodies.

The NEB also participates with the Council on Education (COE) of the American Veterinary Medical Association in a program of accreditation of colleges of veterinary medicine.

Massey BVSc NAVLE Pass Rates

Year

Attempts

Passes

Criterion Average

Average Score

Pass Rate (%)

Nov/Dec 2014 – April 2015

38

37

509

519

97

Nov/Dec 2015 – April 2016

24

21

509

515

88

Nov/Dec 2016 – April 2017

47

42

505

503

89

Nov/Dec 2017 – April 2018

35

33

509

507

94

Nov/Dec 2018 – April 2019

41

35

503

486

85

Total: 185

Total: 168

Average: 507

Average: 506

Average: 91

Applying for a student allowance or loan

If you are applying for student allowances or a student loan through Studylink for the BVSc pre-selection semester, you will need to apply for your loan or allowance as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) student. If you have qualified for a student allowance or student loan and are selected into the professional phase you will need to advise Studylink of your new programme for the professional phase (Semester Two) of your study.

For any other student allowance or loan queries please contact Studylink directly.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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