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Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of Veterinary Medicine requires you to have a completed a veterinary degree. If you have completed a Massey University Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc), or have a veterinary qualification that can be registered by the New Zealand Veterinary Council or is considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent to the Massey University BVSc, you can enrol into the Master of Veterinary Medicine.

Courses in the Master of Veterinary Medicine programme are not designed as retraining tools for veterinarians wanting to return to practice. They assume a base level of knowledge of that achieved in the veterinary degree, and they aim to extend veterinarians to a higher level of knowledge and skill. All courses have some assessments that require reporting of clinical material a student has managed.

In order to enrol directly into the Master of Veterinary Medicine programme you must have obtained a B grade average in your veterinary degree. If you are not eligible to enrol directly into the Master of Veterinary Medicine but have the appropriate background, and are approved for entry into an alternative qualification, you may complete Master of Veterinary Medicine courses towards a Certificate of Proficiency, Postgraduate Certificate of Science and Technology (PGCertScTech) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Science (PGDipVSc) and then may switch your enrolment to the Master of Veterinary Medicine programme if you obtain minimum B grades in at least two Master of Veterinary Medicine courses.

Veterinary degree requirements

You can study in Massey’s MVM programme if you meet any of the following requirements:

 Entry by equivalent degree

The following universities, arranged by country, confer veterinary degrees considered equivalent to Massey's Bachelor of Veterinary Science. They all allow you to enter the MVM programme.

CountryInstitution(s)
AustraliaAdelaide, Charles Sturt, James Cook, Melbourne, Murdoch, Queensland, Sydney
AustriaWien (Vienna)
BelgiumGhent, Liege
CanadaCalgary, Guelph, Montreal, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan
CroatiaZagreb
Czech RepublicBrno
DenmarkRoyal Veterinary and Agricultural University (an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science) Copenhagen
EstoniaTartu
FinlandHelsinki
FranceLyon, Nantes, Toulouse, Liege
GermanyFree University of Berlin (an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science, restricted to those who also hold a State examination certificate in veterinary medicine), Justus Liebig University Giessen, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Leipzig, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
GreeceThessaloniki
HungaryBudapest
IrelandDublin
IsraelJerusalem
ItalyBari, Bologna, Camerino, Padova (Padua), Parma, Perugia, Pisa, Teramo, Torino
MexicoMexico (UNAM)
NetherlandsUtrecht
NorwayOslo
PolandOlsztyn
PortugalLisbon
RomaniaCluj-Napoca
SlovakiaKosice
SloveniaLjubljana
South AfricaPretoria
SpainBarcelona, Caceres, Cordoba, Las Palmas, Lugo, Madrid Complutense, Murcia, Zaragoza
SwedenUppsala
SwitzerlandZurich / Bern
TurkeyAnkara, Bursa, Elazig
United KingdomBristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Nottingham
United StatesAuburn, California, Colorado State, Cornell, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisiana State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Pennsylvania, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tufts, Tuskegee, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Western, Wisconsin-Madison
West IndiesRoss, St Georges

If you don’t have a B average in your veterinary degree, we suggest you begin by enrolling for either the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Science (PGDipVCS) or the Postgraduate Certificate of Science (PGCertSc). If you gain B passes in two courses in either of these, you may switch to studying the full Master’s qualification at a later stage.

For more information, see the MVM entry requirements page.

 Entry by examination

You can enter the MVM programme if you have passed one of the following examinations (arranged by country).

CountryExamination(s)
AustraliaAustralasian Veterinary Boards Council, National Veterinary Examination (NVE)
CanadaLicensing examination of the Canadian National Examining Board (NEB)
New ZealandNew Zealand National Veterinary Examination (NZNVE)
United KingdomRoyal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Membership examination (MRCVS)
United StatesCertificate of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG), Programme for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) certificate

Please contact us to check whether you meet these requirements.

 Discretionary entry by veterinary degree from an unlisted institution

An additional path to entry is available if you have:

Entry is subject to final approval by the Director of the MVM.

You may enrol in the MVM distance course Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology and then follow it with another MVM 15-credit course. If you obtain a B grade or better in each you can transfer into the MVM.

You are initially enrolled under a Postgraduate Certificate of Science and Technology (PGCertScTech) and can transfer from this qualification to the MVM. The two courses already completed would contribute to the MVM once you have transferred.

Discretionary entry is subject to final approval by the Director of the Master of Veterinary Medicine. If you would like advice about this discretionary entry option please email mvm@massey.ac.nz.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

The Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) is an online 120-credit (1200 hours) master's degree offered to domestic and international veterinarians. The MVM programme allows veterinarians to complete individual courses of study or put them together for a qualification. Each course in the MVM is 15 credits (150 hours). The highest-level qualification is the Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM). Other qualifications include the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Science (PGDipVSc) (120 credits) and the Postgraduate Certificate of Science and Technology (PGCertScTech) (60 credits). The Master’s degree and PGDipVSc allow  a subject endorsement showing the emphasis of your study.

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Planning your programme

The 120-credit MVM degree is made up for 4 or 5 x 15-credit courses. There are three ways to complete the final 45 or 60-credit research reports (118.851,118.852, 118.853) (called capstone courses). Two of these are research reports (45 and 60 credits) (118.851, 118.852). The third capstone option for the MVM is a 45-credit practicum course (118.853) designed for students to spend three months full-time under supervision with an expert in any discipline of veterinary science.

Delivery

All courses in the Master of Veterinary Medicine programme are delivered by distance learning and there is no restriction on where in the world you reside. Contact Workshops are held in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Attendance at these is strongly recommended but not compulsory (except for the capstone (118.851, 118.852, 118.853) Contact Workshops which are compulsory either in-person or online). All courses require access to a computer and the internet.

Master of Veterinary Medicine structure

Course Requirements

You can follow a flexible course of study, which consists of courses totalling at least 120 credits selected from the Schedules for the Master of Veterinary Medicine (see the 'View regulations' button) and must include at least 45 credits from Schedule C.

Specialisations

The Master of Veterinary Medicine may be awarded with or without a subject.

You may complete a subject by passing at least 90 credits in a subject including a research or professional practice course from Schedule C. You must undertake research projects or practica that align with the focus of the subject. Approved subjects are:

  • Companion Animal
  • Companion Animal Surgery
  • Production Animal
  • Equine
  • Veterinary Business Administration

Time limits for completion for eligibility for Distinction or Merit

Your 120-credit master's degree will carry the award of Distinction, if completed at a superior standard (equivalent to First Class Honours), or Merit (equivalent to Second Class Honours, Division One) and completed within one year of first enrolling in full-time study or within three years of first enrolling in part-time study.

Maximum time to completion

All requirements must be completed within four years of first enrolling in the Master of Veterinary Medicine.

Planning your programme

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete the Master of Veterinary Medicine please click on the 'Regulations' button.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

Courses

Most courses in the Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) programme are offered once every second year. Exceptions are the capstone courses (118.851, 118.852, 118.853), 118.761, Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine and 118.785 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology which are offered every year. The duration of most courses is 24 teaching weeks over two semesters (seven to eight months total).

  • Semesters One and Two (late February to early November) or
  • Semesters Two and Summer School (mid-July to mid-February).

Exceptions are the epidemiology courses, 118.785 and 118.786, which are single semester (either February–June or July–November).

Weekly time commitment per course

Each course offered over two semesters involves about 5-6 hours of work per week – one-eighth of a full-time workload.

For each epidemiology course (15 credits) plan to spend 10-15 hours of study per week during the semester.

For business courses students should plan for 25 hours of study per week for the period of the course.

Schedule for the Master of Veterinary Medicine

Schedule A: Subjects

Companion Animal (90 credits)

Selection from:
118.751 Canine and Feline Gastroenterology    15 credits    
118.752 Canine and Feline Endocrinology    15 credits    
118.753 Canine and Feline Oncology    15 credits    
118.754 Diagnostic Imaging for Small Animal Veterinarians    15 credits    
118.755 Clinical Pathology in Small Animal Practice    15 credits    
118.756 Canine and Feline Neurology    15 credits    
118.757 Cardiorespiratory Medicine for Small Animal Veterinarians    15 credits    
118.758 Avian Medicine    15 credits    
118.759 Ophthalmology in Small Animal Practice    15 credits    
118.761 Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine    15 credits    
118.762 Dermatology for Small Animal Veterinarians    15 credits    
118.763 Canine and Feline Orthopedic Surgery    15 credits    
118.764 Canine and Feline Soft Tissue Surgery    15 credits    
118.777 Veterinary Clinical Reproduction and Fertility    15 credits  

Companion Animal Surgery (90 credits)

Compulsory courses (30 credits from):
118.763 Canine and Feline Orthopedic Surgery    15 credits    
118.764 Canine and Feline Soft Tissue Surgery    15 credits    

Endorsement courses:
118.753 Canine and Feline Oncology    15 credits    
118.754 Diagnostic Imaging for Small Animal Veterinarians    15 credits    
118.756 Canine and Feline Neurology    15 credits    
118.759 Ophthalmology in Small Animal Practice    15 credits    
118.761 Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine    15 credits    

Equine (90 credits)

Selection from:
118.777 Veterinary Clinical Reproduction and Fertility    15 credits    
118.778 Advanced Studies in Equine Lameness for Veterinarians    15 credits    
118.779 Advanced Studies in Equine Diagnostic Imaging    15 credits    
118.780 Equine Gastroenterology    15 credits  

Production Animal (90 credits)

Selection From:
118.771 Advances in Ruminant Nutrition for Veterinarians    15 credits    
118.772 Calf Medicine, Health and Management    15 credits    
118.775 Advanced Mastitis Management for the Production Animal Veterinarian    15 credits    
118.776 Lameness Investigation and Control for Cattle Veterinarians    15 credits    
118.777 Veterinary Clinical Reproduction and Fertility    15 credits   

Veterinary Business Administration (90 credits)

Selection from:
115.723 Accounting I    15 credits    
115.725 Leadership and People    15 credits    
115.726 Marketing    15 credits    
115.739 Special Topic I    15 credits    

Schedule B: Elective courses

118.785 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology    15 credits    
118.786 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology    15 credits   

Schedule C: Research courses

118.851 Research Report (MVM) (45 credit)    45 credits    
118.852 Research Report (MVM) (60 credit)    60 credits    
118.853 Advanced Profession Practice in Veterinary Science    45 credits   


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.

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