Master of Veterinary Medicine

Application Dates
Applications Open
3 Nov 2017
Course Overview
Masters (Coursework)
Tuition Fees
New Zealand Dollar 45,800
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Full Time: 0 - 1 Year Part Time: 1 - 4 Years
Prior Study
Bachelor honours degree
Graduation Results
Not applicable
Study Field

Course outline

Massey’s Master of Veterinary Medicine programme offers practicing veterinarians a flexible, modular system of study via distance. You may choose from a wide range of small animal, large animal, equine, epidemiology and veterinary business courses.


  • Massey University’s veterinary programme is internationally-recognised - we were one of the first in the Southern Hemisphere to earn American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accreditation.
  • You will also be joining one of the few distance education programmes for veterinarians that offers the option of completing a qualification.


  • Your courses will advance your knowledge and skills to an in-depth level beyond that obtained in your primary veterinary degree. Courses can be completed for continuing education or put towards a Master of Veterinary Medicine or other qualification.
  • Massey University has an excellent reputation for veterinary teaching, with our expert lecturers coming to us from all over the world.
  • 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 can live.
  • Massey is New Zealand's premier distance education provider, with fifty years of experience and advanced online tools, forums and interactions with lecturers to facilitate your study.

As well as specific knowledge in areas of interest, you will strengthen your:

  1. technical knowledge and skills in particular fields of general (non-specialist) veterinary practice.
  2. exploring effective problem-solving strategies within the constraints of general veterinary practice
  3. confidence in your skills and in your approach to cases.
  4. skills in sourcing and evaluation of literature relevant to clinical practice
  5. ability to reflect and self-assess your work

On-campus workshops are held in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Attendance at these workshops is strongly recommended, but not compulsory (with the exception of the capstone Contact Workshops which are compulsory either in-person or online). All courses require a computer and internet access.

This course is suitable for you, if:

  1. Are already a qualified veterinarian
  2. Would like the flexibility of studying via distance, online
  3. Would like to increase your in-depth knowledge of specifics of veterinary medicine

Delivery method

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 Contact Workshops which are compulsory either in-person or online). All courses require access to a computer and the internet. 

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. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Planning Tool. 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.


  • College of Sciences

Entry requirements and english language 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 (PGCertSc) 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
  • Have 6.5 IELTS score or equivalent as outlined on the Massey University website

English language requirements

Additionally, there are other english entries that can be used to apply for this course:

  • IELTS - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT - 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic - 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English - 180

Additional notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in New Zealand, it is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
  5. For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage to find out local and international opportunities. 
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