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Master of Veterinary Studies (Without Specialisation)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Improve your veterinary skills

Develop expertise in a specific area of veterinary science to progress your professional development.

Find out more about the Master of Veterinary Studies parent structure.

What is it like?

The Master of Veterinary Studies (MVS) is an internationally recognised veterinary degree, most suited to veterinarians who are focused on professional development and progressing their career. It takes place on the Manawatū campus only.

A flexible programme

Massey’s Master of Veterinary Studies can be built around your particular and personal academic needs. The MVS with no endorsement means you can choose from a wide range of courses and gain a broad-base of in-depth veterinary knowledge. Within the MVS the range of research opportunities is wide and includes most fields of veterinary science from anatomy to animal welfare.

The classroom experience is interactive and there is opportunity for research at an entry level.


Massey University’s veterinary programme is ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide by both the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking and ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Wide range of facilities

This course is run on our Manawatū campus in Palmerston North. Host to the only veterinary school in New Zealand, Massey University’s well-equipped facilities include an equine hospital, 24-hour pet hospital and sheep, beef, dairy and deer farms, all located near campus. The Wildbase wildlife hospital is the only dedicated wildlife hospital in New Zealand.

You will have access to our other world-leading science facilities such as modern laboratories for virology and bacteriology, molecular and immunohistochemical work.

Internationally recognised and supportive environment

Our courses are led by internationally recognised lecturers and have a reputation for their use of real-life case studies and high staff to student ratios.

Massey’s veterinary and animal science staff are integrated and cooperative. There is also a wide range of expertise across the sciences at the university, including agricultural science, fundamental sciences and engineering. This will give you access to a wide range of expertise, equipment and facilities on one small campus.

Research flexibility

You can choose two different levels of research for this degree. You can complete a 60-credit research report, or if you would like to complete more in-depth research you can work on a 120 credit thesis to complete the research component of this degree.

The remainder of this qualification is taught.

Other postgraduate veterinary programmes at Massey

If you would like a programme available via distance our Master of Veterinary Medicine may be more suitable.

If you are more interested in a research-focused postgraduate qualification, the Master of Veterinary Science may be a more appropriate qualification for you.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Veterinary Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.


A good fit if you:

  • Are a veterinarian keen on professional development in broad-based veterinary science learning
  • Want to develop practical skills in non-clinical areas such as veterinary public health, epidemiology or pathology
  • Are keen to start the process of becoming a veterinary specialist in a non-clinical field


Graduates of this programme have gone onto become world leaders in veterinary and related professions. It is most suitable for those already in employment who wish to have an intensive period of professional development.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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