Master of Veterinary Medicine

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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.

Discretionary entry by a veterinary degree from an unlisted institution may be possible and an additional path to entry is available if you have:

  • A veterinary degree that is not from one of the pre-approved universities; and
  • Have 6.5 IELTS score or equivalent as outlined on the Massey University website.

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 Send Email.

For more information, contact MVM office.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


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 and must include at least 45 credits from Schedule C.


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, and 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 visit 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

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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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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