Universities, Institutions, Colleges and Schools Awarding Veterinary Degrees


Massey New Zealand


Massey University, Faculty of Veterinary Science

Recognition status :

AVBC Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.
AVMA American Veterinary Medical Association
CVMA Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
RCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
VCNZ Veterinary Council of New Zealand

Degrees :


The Massey University degree in veterinary science is internationally recognized for producing practical graduates with a strong science base, a broad knowledge of companion and production animal health, an independence of thought and excellent problem solving skills.
Massey University Vet School staff are primarily drawn from the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences (IVABS). IVABS is a world leader in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge regarding animal health, animal welfare, biosecurity, conservation and sustainable pastoral productivity.
The Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences (IVABS) is one of eight Institutes that form the College of Sciences at Massey University. The 200 staff and 180 post-graduate students of the Institute were drawn principally from the former Departments of Animal Science, Microbiology And Genetics, Physiology And Anatomy, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Pathology And Public Health. These Departments (or their precursors) had over 70 years experience in the field of animal science and microbiology and over 30 years experience in the field of Veterinary Science. The staff of the Institute have a wide range of expertise. A portfolio-based matrix management system is employed to create a supportive environment which encourages people to achieve their best.
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MVM now open to international veterinarians Massey University in New Zealand has opened its Master of Veterinary Medicine distance programme to international applicants for the first time. Until now, the programme has only been available extramurally to New Zealand citizens working abroad, but Director of the Master of Veterinary Medicine, Dr Liz Norman, says that the University offers 24 papers in four majors: companion animal, production animal, equine and business administration. Dr Norman says few institutions offer this sort of programme or its equivalent. Enquiries we receive indicate that many veterinarians have an innate drive to continually learn, but balancing education with their often busy lives is problematic. We've designed our flexible distance programmes to offer in depth study in a supported environment led by internationally renowned experts. Students can extend themselves, their reputation and their practice by studying in their own place, at their own pace and at times which suit them. Candidates can choose to study single courses of interest or put together a series of courses to gain a postgraduate qualification. This gives them a post-nominal MVM or PGDipVCS that can carry endorsements in the subject area. The programme also includes optional three-day contact courses, which are workshops scheduled for each paper that allow for invaluable face-to-face contact between students and teachers. International students will be encouraged to come if they possibly can because, as Head of Institute Professor Frazer Allan says, "contact courses provide one-on-one experience with some of the best and brightest minds in their respective veterinary fields". Interaction with experts is not limited to the contact courses. All students are able to converse with them either on-line or over the phone. The computer interface also allows for significant adaptation to match the content of a course. Equine papers, for example, will clearly lend themselves to video as the students study a horse's gait.
For more information about the MVM visit or email Dr Liz Norman