18 months
29627 USD/year
5070 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Develop expertise in a specific area of veterinary science to progress your professional development. The Master of Veterinary Studies programme is offered by Massey University. 


Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Studies (MVS)  is an internationally recognised degree, most suitable for those who would like to undertake a combination of taught courses and a research project. The programme can be built around your area of interest. For example you could choose an endorsement in epidemiology or public health, or you can develop your expertise across other areas of veterinary science by choosing a MVS with no endorsement. There are a wide range of taught courses for you to choose from, depending on your area of interest and the endorsement that you choose.

Wide range of facilities

Massey University hosts the only veterinary school in New Zealand. Its well-equipped facilities include the Wildbase wildlife hospital, an equine hospital, 24-hour pet hospital and sheep, beef, dairy and deer farms, all located near campus. 

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. Our staff cover a wide range of veterinary disciplines and collaborate on research projects with other related disciplines including animal production, physiology and nutrition.

Research flexibility

You can choose from 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 undertake a 120 credit thesis.

If you have a specific area of research in mind, we advise you to contact the School of Veterinary Science Postgraduate Office through the Enquire button on this page to discuss.

Programme Structure

Elective courses

  • 700-level courses selected from the 117, 118, 194 course prefix series
  • Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


  • To enter the Master of Veterinary Studies programme you will have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, with at least a B grade average, or equivalent.
  • You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29627 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29627 USD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    5070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5070 USD per year during 18 months.

National: 8,392 NZD International: 49,040 NZD

Living costs for Auckland

1400 - 2200 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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