Massey is the only university in New Zealand that offers veterinary training, and the degree is widely recognised internationally. The Massey University BVSc programme is fully accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Board Council (AVBC), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). The BVSc is also recognised through reciprocity by the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA).This means you could work as a veterinarian not only in New Zealand, but also Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the USA and many other countries.
Veterinary science is a key focus for Massey University's Palmerston North campus and we have some of the best facilities in Australasia. The BVSc is a 5-year degree that is divided into a pre-selection phase and a professional phase.
A new wildlife hospital opened in 2016 - the only such facility at a New Zealand university, where we treat many of our endangered species. A 24-hour pet emergency centre and an equine hospital complement the existing veterinary clinic for companion and production animals (e.g. sheep, dairy and beef cows).
From 2021 we intend to limit consideration of entry into the BVSc professional phase for new-to-university students, to those who have undertaken the pre-selection semester on the Manawatu campus. This is to improve equity in the student experience, as well as equity in the support and assessment of our new-to-university applicants.
The intended change means that from 2021 pre-selection to the professional phase of the BVSc will no longer be available to new-to-university students who study on the Auckland campus.
All students must have a university entrance qualification.