Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. 

Expected high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge for the prerequisite courses.

  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Biology
  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

However, if you have not studied these subjects we have a pathway for you to prepare for these courses (see below).

Other recommended high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or equivalent) will help you prepare for the prerequisite courses.

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics

If it’s some time since you have studied Mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.

Haven’t studied the right subjects at high school?

The following pathways will get you prepared to study the prerequisite courses. If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Biology or Chemistry (or equivalent) take the following courses first:

123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences
162.103 Introductory Biology

These courses are available during Summer School and may count towards credits in an alternative degree if you do not progress to the BVetTech professional phase.

If you won’t haven’t achieved your university entrance qualification before Summer School begins, you may be able to apply through Discretionary Entrance.

If you need more preparation than this the university offers foundation programmes to prepare you to succeed at University.  You should contact an academic adviser for more information.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

You will also need to complete the pre-entry veterinary practical work experience before commencing your study.

Degree Structure

The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology (BVetTech) is a 3-year degree divided into two phases: a pre-selection phase (a minimum of one semester) followed by a professional phase (5 semesters – 2.5 years).

Pre-selection semester

The pre-selection semester for the BVetTech is offered at Massey University Auckland and Manawatū campuses in Semester One (beginning late February) each year and is a student’s opportunity to compete for entry into the professional phase of the BVetTech degree. During this semester students need to complete the prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase (or alternate courses if given credit for the prerequisite courses), as well as a range of selection assessments detailed below. 

There is no limit on the number of places in the pre-selection semester, so students can apply for admission to Massey University provided they meet the entry requirements. However, the better prepared students are before they start the pre-selection semester, the better their chance of selection into the professional phase.

Professional phase

The professional phase of the BVetTech starts in Semester Two (mid-July) each year.  As there are limited places in the professional phase, students need to apply for selection into this phase. Students selected into the professional phase take a range of courses over the following 2.5 years which cover everything needed to become a veterinary technologist. Please refer to the 'View regulations' button for the courses in the professional phase of the BVetTech qualification.

The courses in the BVetTech professional phase are only available at the School of Veterinary Science (SoVS) at the Manawatū Campus. 

Places in the programme

As many people want to become veterinary technologists, there are usually more applications for the professional phase than the number of places available. Approximately 100 students typically apply for 48 places in the professional phase each year. To determine who will be offered the places in the professional phase, all students go through a competitive selection process, which differs depending on the pathway through which application is made (General pathway or Veterinary pathway for Māori and Pacific students (VetMAP)).  Selection into the professional phase is based on a combination of both academic and non-academic assessment performance.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) may also support the education of up to two applicants from approved foreign nations (commonly in the Pacific) without a veterinary school (labelled as MFAT in the figure above). These applicants are selected for the professional phase in the same way as the domestic General pathway (see below) but they are not true domestic applicants. Please refer to the MFAT website for further information on applying.

Important note regarding veterinary selection 

The veterinary selection process is complex, so written advice should be sought from a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice at Massey University by emailing academicadvice@massey.ac.nz. This is especially important if you have completed any previous university-level study. Please do not seek advice about veterinary selection from any other university staff members as only the specialist veterinary academic advisers are trained regarding the many factors that must be considered. Please be reminded that in your application for admission you have agreed that you will not rely on verbal advice.

Finding the relevant information on this page

There are different types of applicants and pathways for selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech, so it’s important you know which regulations apply to you. While ultimately the University will have the final say about the correct pathway for you, if you follow the steps below they will guide you towards finding the right information.

FIRST: Determine the relevant selection pathway for you

Use the information below to determine the admission pathway under which you will be applying. If you’re unsure of which type of applicant you are, please email academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and in the subject line write “Vet selection advice” and we can advise you appropriately.

General Pathway
The General pathway is open to all domestic and international students.  

The Veterinary Māori and Pacific (VetMAP) Pathway
The Veterinary Māori and Pacific students (VetMAP) pathway is open to domestic students who are of New Zealand Māori or Pacific descent. 

SECOND: Select the relevant section below for details of application requirements

Click on the 'plus' sign to expand the section that is relevant to you.

 Domestic and International Students – General pathway (click to expand/collapse)

Domestic and international students must complete at least one semester of university study in New Zealand to develop a Grade Point Average (GPA) for selection into the professional phase. 

Admission

If you are applying directly from high school or have no prior university study you’ll need to complete two admission applications – one for the BVetTech pre-selection semester and a second for the BVetTech professional phase.

If you have completed any prior university study then you need to contact a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice at Massey University to discuss whether the courses you have previously studied are equivalent to the prerequisite courses and if the grades obtained will be used in the calculation of your GPA used for selection. Depending on this advice, you may not need to apply for the pre-selection phase, but you will need to submit your admission application for the BVetTech professional phase. 

Admission due dates

  • BVetTech Pre-selection - Semester One application:

International Students: 21 October (year prior to start date)

Domestic Students: 24 January 

  • BVetTech  Professional Phase - Semester Two application: 5 March
Documentation required for International students

As an international applicant, you will need to submit the following documentation as part of your BVetTech pre-selection admission application:

  • A verified copy of your birth certificate or a valid passport that will not expire during your time in New Zealand.
  • Evidence you have met our International English Language Testing System (IELTS) English Language requirements.  Request your English language proficiency scores be sent to Massey University. We have different IELTS requirements for entry into the pre-selection and professional phases.
    • BVetTech Pre-selection semester – minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5).
    • BVetTech professional phase – minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5).

Applicants from countries where English is the recognised first language (e.g. USA, Canada, UK etc.) OR applicants who have completed at least 6 years of secondary or tertiary education in English may be exempted from this requirement.

  • Official academic transcripts from ALL your previously completed university courses (if any).
  • A declaration that you do not have any criminal convictions. This must be witnessed by a notary public, justice of the peace, solicitor or a commissioner of oaths. The witness must use an official stamp (in English) on the front of the document and sign and date the document. The statement should be worded as follows:

"I, (NAME), solemnly and sincerely declare that I have not been convicted of any criminal offence which might prejudice my future as a Veterinary Technologist."

Vet Programmes Supplementary Application

All students who submit the admission application for the BVetTech professional phase by the above due date will be granted access to a School of Veterinary Science stream site where they will be required to complete a  BVetSc-SoVS-Student-Code-of-Professional-Conduct.pdf (178 KB) by the date below. Students who fail to submit the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application by the deadline will not be considered any further in the selection process for that year.

Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application due date

  • 10 March.

Selection Application Fee

There is a fee associated with applying for selection into the BVetTech professional phase. All students who complete the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application will have the fee invoiced against their student account at Massey University on the date below. The selection application fee is non-refundable and is not covered by student loans (Studylink).

If a student applies for both the BVSc and BVetTech professional phases in the same academic year, they are only charged the cost of the selection application fee once.

Veterinary Programme Selection Fee Invoiced to Student Portal accounts

  • 25 March

Selection Process - Overview

The process for selection into the professional phase consists of participation in two selection assessments – CASPer and the STAT F. More information about timing and venues for these assessments is below.

  • Sit CASPer: 25 March, at 12:15pm (TBC)
  • Sit STAT F: 28 March, at 2:00pm

At the end of semester 1, a selection score for each applicant will be calculated based on GPA (60%) Casper (30%) and STAT F (10%).   More information on CASPer and STAT F and calculation of GPA is detailed below. This selection score will be used to rank applicants for offers into the BVetTech professional phase.   Applicants who have applied solely for selection into the BVetTech will be prioritised for selection over those applying for both programmes.  However, there will be no priority given to students with regard to BVSc selection, regardless of whether or not they apply for both programmes. 

 

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria to be considered as eligible for selection into the BVetTech professional phase:

  • Complete 10 full days (80 hours) of pre-entry veterinary practical work experience before the start of the pre-selection semester and submit the official verification form as evidence by the due date
  • Pass all the prerequisite courses
  • Complete all selection assessments (CASPer and STAT F)
  • Obtain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 3.0 (C+ Grade)

Please note that the actual GPA for selection will likely be higher than the minimum for eligibility depending on the number, and academic ability, of the applicants each year. 

Pre-entry Veterinary Practical Work Experience

Students must complete 10 days (total ≥80) hours of veterinary practical work experience in a veterinary clinic(s) or hospital(s) within 3 years of the start of the professional phase of the degree. This may be completed in New Zealand or overseas, but MUST be completed BEFORE you start the pre-selection semester.  Applicants who have not completed the work experience will not be eligible for selection. For preparation, we recommend spending 1 week at 2 different clinics, with ideally 1 week of small animal and 1 week of large animal experience.

You will need the Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form completed by the clinic(s) and submitted by the date below. 

Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification

Prerequisite courses

The four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech are offered in Semester One at both the Auckland and Manawatū Campuses. If you have not previously undertaken any university study, you must enrol in and pass all of these courses to be eligible for selection into the professional phase. If you have done any previous university study, please email academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and in the subject line write “Vet selection advice” so that we can advise you which prerequisite courses you may be given credit for. The prerequisite courses are:

123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
124.103 Biophysical Principles
162.101 Cell Biology
199.103 Animals and the Environment

Selection Assessments – Further information

CASPer

CASPer is 90-minute (approximately) online, video-scenario format, situational judgement test. In this assessment you will be presented with a set of video format scenarios that might be experienced by people in everyday life. For each scenario the applicant will be asked to type open-ended responses to questions in a set period of time. The applicant will also be asked to type open-ended responses to some non-video based questions. Applicants may find it helpful to develop your typing skills for this assessment and as a general skill.

CASPer is offered as an online test by an external provider on a fixed date and time, so applicants can complete this assessment anywhere they have access to a computer with a webcam and excellent internet access (broadband or fibre).

There is a fee for sitting the CASPer assessment which the applicant will need to pay online when  registering for the assessment with the providers of CASPer.  Further information about the assessment will be emailed to the applicant after registration.

In 2020, CASPer will likely be held on 25 March at 12.15pm (TBC).

STAT F

The STAT F (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) is a two-hour multiple choice question test designed to assess the ability to understand, analyse and think critically about written and numerical material. See STAT F info and practice questions for further information about the STAT F and sample questions.

If an applicant has already completed the STAT F at Massey University within the last five years they may choose to re-use a previous score or re-sit the STAT F.  If the applicant chooses to re-sit the STAT F, then the most recent score will be used (irrespective of whether or not it is the highest).

In 2020, the STAT F will be held on 28 March at 2pm, and must be sat at either the Auckland or Manawatū Campus.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade point average (GPA) is a calculation that gives a number (0 - 9) representing an applicant’s average academic performance over time.  Grades from courses eligible to be included in the GPA calculation are converted to a grade score and the following formula is used for GPA calculation:

GPA =  ∑ (University Grade Scores x Subject Credits)
                                 Total Credits

Grade scores from 0 to 9.0 are used as follows:

A+

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-/R

D, E, F, or DC

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Where an applicant has no prior university study, their GPA will be calculated from the four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech (“prerequisite courses”) calculated as described above. 

Where an applicant has completed any prior university study (including university courses taken while in high school), their GPA will be calculated as described above following an extensive set of rules that take into account the applicant’s previous and current university study. To reliably determine which grades will be included in the GPA for selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech, an applicant with prior university study should contact a specialist veterinary academic advisor in Academic Advice at Massey University and put “Vet Selection advice” in the subject line so appropriate written advice can be given. Applicants may only rely upon such written advice regarding their GPA calculation for selection. To receive reliable written advice before the start of semester, applicants need to email the advisors by 1 February for Semester One and by 30 June for Semester Two.

Only grades that are available to the Selection Committee by the time of the Veterinary Student Selection Appeals Committee meeting can be considered for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc in that year.  Grades finalised or changed after this time can only be considered for inclusion in the GPA calculation for future applications for selection.

See the  BVetSc-BVetTech-GPA-regulations.pdf (561 KB) for the full set of rules regarding GPA calculation.

If you are not selected into the professional phase

If you are not selected into the professional phase of the BVetTech, we recommend that you seek Academic Advice on progressing into another university qualification starting in Semester Two. The prerequisite courses that you pass in Semester One will transfer directly into the Bachelor of Animal Science, several majors in the Bachelor of Science, and may be compulsory or elective courses within other qualifications at Massey University.

If you are intending to reapply for entry into the BVetTech professional phase in the future, we strongly recommend you have your courses approved in writing PRIOR TO STARTING THEM by a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice to confirm that your planned course of study will be eligible for re-selection. Failure to seek such confirmation will not be considered an adequate reason to appeal non-selection.

Special Consideration Application

If you believe you have been subject to extenuating circumstances outside of your control, you may apply for Special Consideration of your application. Special Consideration applications are considered by the Veterinary Student Selection Committee after the end of Semester One. The Committee’s decision on your Special Consideration application is final and cannot be appealed.

The Special Consideration application only allows for consideration of extenuating personal circumstances outside of your control that are not adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance process (e.g. ongoing medical problems, multiple events in a semester etc). Special Consideration applications will not be considered where they relate to circumstances that are adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance procedure, such as acute personal circumstances that impair preparation for, attendance at, or performance in an assessment.

You can apply for special consideration for removal of a semester (or more) of grades from your GPA for selection based on extenuating circumstances. The Committee will not change your selection outcome (i.e. not selected to selected) on the basis of a Special Consideration application.

Removal of grades

In your application you will need to explain what the extenuating circumstances were, how these circumstances affected your academic performance, and which semester(s) of grades you are seeking to have removed from your GPA.

If your application is approved, the Committee may elect to remove the grades of one or more semesters from your GPA calculation, so that your selection is based only on grades from semesters unaffected by the extenuating circumstances.  In order to be eligible for selection either that year or in a future selection application, following the exclusion of grades on the basis of a Special Consideration application (or applications) you must have completed at least two unaffected semesters. For students who are completing their first semester to create a GPA for selection, this will mean they will not be eligible in that year of application.

Applying for Special Consideration

To apply for Special Consideration you must submit the following to the Veterinary Student Selection Committee by 30 June in the year for which you are applying for selection:

  • A completed Special Consideration application form with appropriate explanation as outlined above.
  • Appropriate verification of your extenuating circumstances and the effect these had on you. Appropriate verification would vary by circumstance but would usually be from a medical professional (doctor, counsellor etc.) and would follow similar guidelines to Aegrotat/impaired performance applications.  Verification by family members or friends is not appropriate.
  • A copy of your academic transcript for any study you have completed outside Massey University.

Special Consideration Application 

Appealing your selection outcome

The BVetTech professional phase selection process has been approved by the Veterinary Programmes Committee. If you are not selected into the professional phase of the BVetTech , you have a right to appeal your selection outcome subject to the following:

  • The grounds for appeal can only be based on procedural irregularities relating to the examination or decision-making process.
  • No appeal will be allowed based on dissatisfaction with the judgement of the assessors (such as the choice of assessment questions or the scores or ratings obtained in assessments).
  • No appeal will be allowed on grounds relating to circumstances affecting your performance on the assessments. You may be able to apply for Special Consideration to the Veterinary Student Selection Committee by 30 June in the year you are applying for selection (see above).

Examples of appeals that cannot be considered include:

  • You, your family, a veterinarian or any other person think you would make a great veterinary technologist
  • You have a lot of experience with animals
  • A course grade is lower than that which you feel you deserved

To appeal your selection outcome you must apply to the Veterinary Student Selection Appeals Sub-Committee by the specified due date.  You must complete the Veterinary Student Selection Appeal form outlining the grounds of the appeal and submit any supporting evidence by the due date. You will also have the opportunity to present your appeal in person to the Committee if you choose – date/time of the selection appeal meeting will be confirmed on the Stream site by 1 May.

Selection Appeal Application 

 Domestic Students – Veterinary Māori and Pacific students (VetMAP) pathway (click to expand/collapse)

The pathway for Veterinary Māori and Pacific Students (VetMAP) is open to domestic students who are of New Zealand Māori or Pacific descent. Domestic students who are of New Zealand Māori or Pacific descent can elect to apply through either the General or the VetMAP pathway (but not both).

Domestic students must complete at least one semester of university study in New Zealand to develop a Grade Point Average (GPA) for selection into the professional phase.

Admission

If you are applying directly from high school or have no prior university study you’ll need to complete two admission applications – one for the BVetTech pre-selection semester and a second for the BVetTech professional phase.

If you have completed any prior university study then you need to contact a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice at Massey University to discuss whether the courses you have previously studied are equivalent to the prerequisite courses and if the grades obtained will be used in the calculation of your GPA used for selection. Depending on this advice, you may not need to apply for the pre-selection phase, but you will need to submit your admission application for the BVetTech professional phase. 

Admission due dates

  • BVetTech pre-selection Semester One application: 24 January
  • BVetTech professional phase Semester Two application: 5 March

VetMAP application

In addition to applying for admission into Massey University you are required to complete a SoVS VetMAP application form by the due date below. The VetMAP application collects information that helps to determine eligibility for the VetMAP pathway and assists the SoVS to provide effective student support services. 

Completing the form:

  • All questions marked with an asterisk * must be answered
  • Attach a copy of your most recent official second school results (e.g. NCEA Levels 1-3, CIE, IB)
  • Attach a copy of an official academic transcript (if you have enrolled at a tertiary institution at any time)
  • Certification of ancestry

Please note:  Submission of the VetMAP application does not constitute a formal admission application to Massey University for the BVetTech pre-selection or BVetTech professional phase.

Certification of ancestry

You will need to attach a completed VetMAP Family Ancestry Template (86 KB) showing your family ancestry back to your great grandparents in the online VetMAP application form and provide details of a person who can certify your ancestry. If there are outstanding concerns, the SoVS may require that additional information is supplied by the student.

If you are unable to provide the required ancestry information, a testimonial can be submitted if an applicant believes they have New Zealand Māori and Pacific ancestry but cannot provide any details to identify as a New Zealand Māori and/or Pacific ancestor (eg names). The testimonial details should explain why the applicant believes they are eligible for the VetMAP pathway but cannot provide ancestry information. 

SoVS VetMAP application due date

Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application

All students who submit the admission application for the BVetTech professional phase by the above due date will be granted access to a School of Veterinary Science stream site where they will be required to complete a Veterinary Programmes Supplementary application by the date below. Students who fail to submit the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary application by the deadline will not be considered any further in the selection process for that year.    

Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application due date

  • 10 March

Selection Application Fee

There is a fee associated with applying for selection into the BVetTech professional phase. All students who complete the Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application will have the fee invoiced against their student account at Massey University on the date below. The selection application fee is non-refundable and is not covered by student loans (Studylink).

If a student applies for both the BVSc and BVetTech professional phases in the same academic year, they are only charged the cost of the selection application fee once.

Veterinary Programme Selection Fee Invoiced to Student Portal Accounts

  • 25 March

Selection Process - Overview

The process for selection into the professional phase consists of several stages, all of which take place shortly before or during Semester One.

To be eligible for selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech under the VetMAP pathway you must:

  • Submit the SoVS VetMAP application form with evidence of your Māori or Pacific whakapapa or ancestry by 1 February
  • Attend the VetMAP orientation (Powhiri and interview at the Manawatū campus) in the week before university commences
  • Submit the admission application for the BVetTech professional phase Semester Two by 5 March
  • Complete the selection assessments in Semester One of CASPer, STAT F Test and VetMAP MMI (more information about timing and venues for these assessments is below)
  • Meet all minimum eligibility criteria (see below)

VetMAP pathway selection assessment dates

  • Sit CASPer: 25 March, 12:15pm (TBC)
  • Sit STAT F: 28 March, 2:00pm
  • Attend VetMAP MMI: 23-24 May

Final selection

Selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech is based on a holistic overview of your results from CASPer, STAT F, VetMAP MMI, GPA as well as comments from the SoVS Māori and Pacific Veterinary Adviser.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

You must meet all of the following minimum eligibility criteria to be considered for selection into the BVetTech professional phase:

  • Complete 10 full days (80 hours) of pre-entry veterinary practical work experience before the start of the pre-selection semester and submit the official verification form as evidence by the due date
  • Pass all the prerequisite courses
  • Attend VetMAP orientation (Manawatū campus) and complete all selection assessments (CASPer, STAT F and VetMAP MMI)
  • Obtain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 3.0 (C+ Grade)

Please note that the actual GPA for selection may be higher than the minimum for eligibility depending on the number, and academic ability of, the applicants each year. 

Pre-entry Veterinary Practical Work Experience

Students must complete 10 days (total ≥80) hours of veterinary practical work experience in a veterinary clinic(s) or hospital(s) within 3 years of the start of the professional phase of the degree. This may be completed in New Zealand or overseas, but MUST be completed BEFORE you start the pre-selection semester.  Applicants who have not completed the work experience will not be eligible for selection. For preparation, we recommend you spend 1 week at 2 different clinics, with ideally 1 week of small animal and 1 week of large animal experience.

You will need the Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form completed by the clinic(s) and submitted by the date below.

Veterinary Practical Work Experience Verification form

Prerequisite courses

The four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech are offered in Semester One at both the Auckland and Manawatū Campuses. If you have not previously undertaken any university study, you must enrol in and pass all of these courses to be eligible for selection into the professional phase. If you have done some university study, please email academicadvice@massey.ac.nz and in the subject line write “Vet selection advice” so that we can advise you which prerequisite courses you may be given credit for. The prerequisite courses are:
123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
124.103 Biophysical Principles
162.101 Cell Biology
199.103 Animals and the Environment

Selection Assessments – further information

VetMAP Orientation - Pōwhiri and Interview

VetMAP applicants will need to attend a 1-2 day (dates TBC) student orientation held at the Manawatū Campus during the week before university commences for Semester One. Applicants’ whānau will also be invited to attend. The aim of the orientation and pōwhiri is to welcome students and their whānau to the Massey University and SoVS community, and enable them to meet key people and other applicants. We’ll also take some time to meet with applicants to reaffirm their readiness to commence the pre-selection semester, and where concerns arise, provide alternate starting point opportunities for applicants and their whānau to consider. The orientation will also include activities and workshops to facilitate applicants’ transition to university life.

CASPer

CASPer is a 90-minute (approximately) online, video-scenario format, situational judgement test. In this assessment you will be presented with a set of video format scenarios that might be experienced by people in everyday life. For each scenario the applicant will be asked to type open-ended responses to questions in a set period of time. The applicant will also be asked to type open-ended responses to some non-video based questions. Applicants may find it helpful to develop typing skills for this assessment and as a general skill.

CASPer is offered as an online test by an external provider on a fixed date and time, so applicants can complete this assessment anywhere they have access to a computer with a webcam and excellent internet access (broadband or fibre).

There is a fee for sitting the CASPer assessment which the applicant will need to pay online when registering for the assessment with the providers of CASPer.   Further information about the assessment will be emailed to the applicant after registration.

In 2020, CASPer will likely be held on 25 March at 12.15pm.

STAT F

The STAT F (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) is a two-hour multiple choice question test designed to assess the ability to understand, analyse and think critically about written and numerical material. See STAT F info and practice questions for further information about the STAT F and sample questions.

If an applicant has already completed the STAT F at Massey University within the last five years they may choose to re-use a previous score or re-sit the STAT F. If the applicant chooses to re-sit the STAT F, then the most recent score will be used (irrespective of whether or not it is the highest).

In 2020, the STAT F will be held on 28 March at 2pm, and must be sat at either the Auckland or Manawatū Campus.

VetMAP Multi Mini Interview (MMI)

The VetMAP MMI consists of a round of short interviews with different interviewers. Interviews may include a mix of both traditional interviews exploring readiness for professional phase study and structured hypothetical scenario interviews.

For the hypothetical scenario interviews, the applicant will be presented with a hypothetical scenario that might be experienced by veterinary students during the course of their training and questions about the scenario. Before the start of each interview, the applicant has a short time to read the scenario, prepare their thoughts, and make notes to help respond to the scenario questions. The applicant then enters the interview room and explain their responses to the scenario questions to the interviewer. When finished or at the end of the interview time, the applicant moves to the next interview station where the process is repeated.

In 2020, the VetMAP MMI will be held during the weekend of 23-24 May at the Manawatū Campus.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade point average (GPA) is a calculation that gives a number (0 - 9) representing an applicant’s average academic performance over time.  Grades from courses eligible to be included in the GPA calculation are converted to a grade score and the following formula is used for GPA calculation:

GPA =  ∑ (University Grade Scores x Subject Credits)
                                  Total Credits

Grade scores from 0 to 9.0 are used as follows:

A+

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-/R

D, E, F, or DC

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Where an applicant has no prior university study, their GPA will be calculated from the four prerequisite courses for selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech (“prerequisite courses”) calculated as described above.

Where an applicant has completed any prior university study (including university courses taken while in high school), their GPA will be calculated as described above following an extensive set of rules that take into account the applicant’s previous and current university study. To reliably determine which grades will be included in the GPA for selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech, an applicant with prior university study should contact a specialist veterinary academic advisor in Academic Advice at Massey University and put “Vet Selection advice” in the subject line so appropriate written advice can be given. Applicants may only rely upon such written advice regarding their GPA calculation for selection. To receive reliable written advice before the start of semester, applicants need to email the advisors by 1 February for Semester One and by 30 June for Semester Two.

Only grades that are available to the Selection Committee by the time of the Veterinary Student Selection Appeals Committee meeting can be considered for selection into the professional phase of the BVSc in that year.  Grades finalised or changed after this time can only be considered for inclusion in the GPA calculation for future applications for selection.

See the BVetSc-BVetTech-GPA-regulations.pdf (561 KB) for the full set of rules regarding GPA calculation.

If you are not selected into the professional phase

If you are not selected into the professional phase of the BVetTech, we recommend that you seek Academic Advice  on progressing into another university qualification starting in Semester Two. The prerequisite courses that you pass in Semester One will transfer directly into the Bachelor of Animal Science, several majors in the Bachelor of Science, and may be compulsory or elective courses within other qualifications at Massey University.

If you are intending to reapply for entry into the BVetTech professional phase in the future, we strongly recommend you have your courses approved in writing PRIOR TO STARTING THEM by a specialist veterinary academic adviser in Academic Advice to confirm your planned course of study will be eligible for re-selection. Failure to seek such confirmation will not be considered an adequate reason to appeal non-selection.

Special Consideration Application

If you believe you have been subject to extenuating circumstances outside of your control, you may apply for Special Consideration of your application.  Special Consideration applications are considered by the Veterinary Student Selection Committee after the end of Semester One. The Committee’s decision on your Special Consideration application is final and cannot be appealed.

The Special Consideration application only allows for consideration of extenuating personal circumstances outside of your control that are not adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance process  (e.g. ongoing medical problems, multiple events in a semester etc.). Special Consideration applications will not be considered where they relate to circumstances that are adequately covered by the Aegrotat/impaired performance procedure, such as acute personal circumstances that impair preparation for, attendance at, or performance in an assessment.

You can apply for special consideration for removal of a semester (or more) of grades from your GPA for selection based on extenuating circumstances. The Committee will not change your selection outcome (i.e.s not selected to selected) on the basis of a Special Consideration application.

Removal of grades

In your application you will need to explain what the extenuating circumstances were, how these circumstances affected your academic performance, and which semester(s) of grades you are seeking to have removed from your GPA.

If your application is approved, the Committee may elect to remove the grades of one or more semesters from your GPA calculation, so that your selection is based only on grades from semesters unaffected by the extenuating circumstances.  In order to be eligible for selection either that year or in a future selection application, following the exclusion of grades on the basis of a Special Consideration application (or applications) you must have completed at least two unaffected semesters. For students who are completing a semester to create a GPA for selection, this will mean they will not be eligible in that year of application.

Applying for Special Consideration

To apply for Special Consideration you must submit the following to the Veterinary Student Selection Committee by June 30 in the year for which you are applying for selection:

  • A completed Special Consideration application form with appropriate explanation as outlined above, and that specifies whether you are seeking removal of grades.
  • Appropriate verification of your extenuating circumstances and the effect these had on you.  Appropriate verification would vary by circumstance but would usually be from a medical professional (doctor, counsellor etc.) and would follow similar guidelines to Aegrotat/impaired performance applications. Verification by family members or friends is not appropriate.
  • A copy of your academic transcript for any study you have completed outside Massey University.

Special Consideration Application 

Appealing your selection outcome

The BVetTech professional phase selection process has been approved by the Veterinary Programmes Committee. If you are not selected into the professional phase of the BVetTech, you have a right to appeal your selection outcome subject to the following:

  • The grounds for appeal can only be based on procedural irregularities relating to the examination or decision-making process.
  • No appeal will be allowed based on dissatisfaction with the judgement of the assessors (such as the choice of assessment questions or the scores or ratings obtained in assessments).
  • No appeal will be allowed on grounds relating to circumstances affecting your performance on the assessments. You may be able to apply for Special Consideration to the Veterinary Student Selection Committee by 30 June in the year you are applying for selection (see above).

Examples of appeals that cannot be considered include:

  • You, your family, a veterinarian or any other person think you would make a great veterinary technologist
  • You have a lot of experience with animals
  • A course grade is lower than that you feel you deserved

To appeal your selection outcome you must apply to the Veterinary Student Selection Appeals Sub-Committee by the specified due date. You must complete the Veterinary Student Selection Appeal form outlining the grounds of the appeal and submit any supporting evidence by the due date. You will also have the opportunity to present your appeal in person to the Committee if you choose – date/time of the selection appeal meeting will be confirmed on the stream site by 1 May.

Selection Appeal application 

Key dates

21 October 2019

International admission application for BVetTech pre-selection due

24 January 2020

Domestic admission application for BVetTech pre-selection due

1 February 2020

SoVS VetMAP application due

17-18 February 2020 (TBC)

VetMAP Orientation

24 February 2020

Semester 1 commences

5 March 2020

Domestic and International admission application for BVetTech Professional phase due

10 March 2020

SoVS Veterinary Programmes Supplementary Application due

25 March 2020

Veterinary selection fee - Invoiced onto student accounts

25 March 2020 at 12.15pm

CASPer

28 March 2020 at 2pm

STAT F

1 May 2020

VetMAP - Invitation to VetMAP MMI extended

May 2020 (TBC)

Planning Day (What if not selected?)

13 May 2020

Confirm VetMAP MMI invitation

23-24 May 2020

VetMAP MMI Interview Weekend

30 June 2020

Special Consideration Application due

3 July 2020, afternoon

Selection outcomes processed in student portal

8 July 2020 at 12 noon

Selection Appeal application due

10 July 2020, afternoon

Final outcomes for appeal applications and students waitlisted on 3 July 2020

13 July 2020

Semester Two commences

14-16 July 2020

Hill’s VetStart@Massey

Other Programme Information

Student Progression, Re-entry and Transfer

The Student Progression, Re-entry and Transfer into the Professional Phase of the BVetTech policy outlines the rules for students in the professional phase of the BVetTech degree.  It includes the rules for students who wish to take time out during their BVetTech studies.  It also sets out information for students wishing to transfer into the degree at Massey University.

Please email the School of Veterinary Science if you wish to enquire about transferring into the professional phase of the BVetTech.

Withdrawal/Timeout from BVetTech Professional Phase

Vet school can be stressful and events in life that happen while you are studying can make it even more so. If you feel you might benefit from taking time out of the programme, please contact your Year Coordinator or Programme Lead of the BVetTech.  If that is not possible, please contact the Associate Dean (Admissions and Students) or Academic Dean Veterinary in the SoVS. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your situation.

School of Veterinary Science Student Code of Professional Conduct

As a part of your learning, you will have privileged access to client information. The trust that people place in veterinary professionals carries considerable responsibility and expectations regarding your behaviour. It is important that you are aware of these responsibilities and expectations from the beginning of your training. Any breach of these expectations could result in serious repercussions for you, your education and your later career. Accordingly, when you enter the professional phase of the BVetTech you will be required to agree to comply with the SoVS Student Code of Professional Conduct.  Massey University is committed to support you to uphold the Student Code of Professional Conduct and to assist you throughout your studies, and encourages you to know where and how to access available support services.

Practical work experience while you study

Once selected into the professional phase students must complete a minimum of 8 weeks of farm and veterinary practical work.  This practical work is usually completed during semester and summer breaks of Years 1-3 as follows: 

193.105 Veterinary Technology Practical Experience and Farm Training

This is an initial week-long placement during which students learn practical skills needed to work with livestock, farm safety and farm-level agricultural economics.  This placement takes place on the Manawatu campus during semester 2 break of Year 1 (August-September), and must be completed before undertaking the Dairy Calving placement in Year 2 of the programme.  Students complete 2 weeks of veterinary work placement in an external clinic during the summer break between year 1 and year 2.

193.220 Veterinary Technology Clinical Experience

Students undertake one week of Dairy Calving placement on a farm during year 2 and 2 weeks of veterinary work placement in an clinic externals related to the students chosen track at the end of year 2.  This helps to develop practical animal skills and skills in observation, identification, analysis and communication. 

193.306 Integrative Studies for Veterinary Technologists

Students will complete a further 2 weeks of veterinary work placement in an external clinic during the semester 2 mid-semester break. 

Registering as a Veterinary Technologist

New Zealand

New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Council  
New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Council manages a register of qualified veterinary technologists.  Registration is currently voluntary.  

Australia

Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.
In Australia, New Zealand graduated Veterinary Technologists are able to work in any Australian state.

United Kingdom

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
To practise as, or represent yourself as a veterinary technologist or veterinary nurse in the United Kingdom you must be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

United States of America/Canada

National Association of Veterinary Technicians of North America
In the United States, New Zealand graduated Veterinary Technologists are able to work in certain states.  They are able to sit for the North American registration exam in certain parts of Canada.

Applying for a student allowance or loan

If you are applying for student allowances or a student loan through Studylink for the BVetTech pre-selection semester, you will need to apply for your loan or allowance as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) student. If you have qualified for a student allowance or student loan and are selected into the professional phase you will need to advise Studylink of your new programme for the professional phase (Semester Two) of your study.

For any other student allowance or loan queries please contact Studylink directly.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

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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