VCNZ Recognised Schools New Zealand: Massey
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The Course (New Zealand)
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Massey University is one of only a few vet schools outside North America that have received American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA) accreditation for their veterinary degree. This means that in addition to our graduates being able to work in New Zealand, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and Hong Kong they can also work in Canada and the USA. The Massey University veterinary degree is a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree (BVSc) which is recognised by the AVMA as being equivalent to a DVM from an accredited North American university. The MAJOR advantage of this to you is that it will allow you to work in the USA/Canada as if you had graduated from one of the North American veterinary schools/colleges and you will NOT have to complete the US Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduate (ECFVG) programme requirements (either a 4 day practical or 1 year of supervised training).
The Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc), is a 5 year or 10 semester programme. The first semester beginning in February of each year, is referred to as the “pre-selection” semester and is a trial semester for domestic and Group 1 international students competing for entry into the professional phase of the program.
The professional phase of the degree is 9 semesters or 4.5 years in length, and begins in semester 2 (July) of each year. Selection for entry into semester 2 of the BVSc programme is competitive and students are selected on the basis of academic merit. More details on the selection process can be found here. Successful Group 1 students from the pre-selection semester will be joined by Group 2 International students at this stage.
Practical Work Requirements
Years 1 and 2 of the program focus primarily on instruction in the core medical sciences tailored for veterinary students to learn normal form and function. In year 3 classes help the student recognise abnormality and introduce clinical studies. Year 4 focuses on the medicine, surgery, health management, diagnostics and treatment of companion and agricultural animal species. The fifth year is a semi-tracked clinically based year. Each student will choose a track from the following options: small animal, production animal, equine, mixed animal, or other areas as approved (i.e wildlife, research). All tracks share a core of 18 weeks of clinics covering all species areas, Then depending on the track a further 7-9 weeks will be prescribed. The student will then have a further 7-9 weeks where they can choose to do externships (within New Zealand or overseas), or further clinics at Massey University. The semi-tracked, individualised final year curriculum allows students to further explore their area of interest while ensuring wide coverage of the main veterinary species.
The classes in veterinary degree at Massey University are listed below. Course content descriptions can be viewed by clicking on the title of each class.
Year 1 - Semester 1 (aka Pre-selection semester)123.101 Chemistry and Living Systems 162.101 Biology of cells 124.111 Physics for Life Sciences 199.101 Biology of Animals
Year 1 - Semester 2 227.102 Biochemistry for Veterinary Science 227.103 Veterinary Anatomy I 227.104 Veterinary Physiology I 227.105 Animal Behaviour, Handling and Welfare
Year 2 227.201 Animal Science for Veterinarians 227.202 Veterinary Genetics and Breeding 227.203 Veterinary Anatomy II 227.204 Veterinary Physiology II 227.205 Comparative Veterinary Anatomy 227.206 Integrative Veterinary Physiology 227.207 Mechanisms of Disease
Year 3 227.301 Veterinary Pathology I 227.302 Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology 227.303 Veterinary Parasitology 227.304 Poultry, Fish and Wildlife Management and Disease 227.305 Veterinary Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology 227.306 Veterinary Clinical Studies
Year 4 227.401 Veterinary Pathology II 227.402 Equine and Clinical Studies 227.403 Health and Production in Deer, Sheep and Goats 227.404 Cattle Health and Production 227.405 Small Animal Medicine and Surgery 227.406 Pig and Poultry Health Production and Management 227.407 Veterinary Biometrics and Epidemiology
Year 5 227.501 Law, Ethics, Practice Management and Personal Care for Veterinarians 227.502 Veterinary Public Health, Food Safety and Quality Management 227.503 Veterinary Clinics
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Practical Work Requirements
Candidates who commenced the BVSc after 2003 must complete a period of not less than 20 weeks of approved practical work experience and associated reports to the satisfaction of the Veterinary Science Programme Committee, including:
not less than fourteen (14) weeks practical farm work and
not less than six (6) weeks veterinary practical work.
All students selected into the BVSc program should read the Practical Work Guidelines Booklet for the BVSc in its entirety as only small excerpts from the booklet are provided here. To download a copy of the Practical Work Guidelines Booklet go to this page and select Vet Guidelines “full”.
Farm Practical Work
The minimum requirements for farm practical work shall be not less than FOURTEEN (14) weeks that must include:
at least 4 weeks work on a commercial sheep (sheep/beef) farm(s);
and at least 4 weeks work on a commercial dairy farm(s);
and at least 3 weeks equine work, which may include a registered farrier, commercial training stable, horse breeding farm or a combination of these.
The balance of 3 weeks may include any combination of the above, or work on deer unit (esp. velvetting stags), piggeries, poultry units, zoological units, or any other livestock units considered to be appropriate.
At least half of the farm practical experience must be undertaken in New Zealand and must include either the Dairy or Sheep/Beef farm experience.
It is strongly recommended that if you are planning to work in rural practice in New Zealand that you undertake at least two weeks deer practical. The New Zealand Deer Farmers’ Association can be contacted for a list of appropriate farmers who are willing to accommodate a student placement.
If you are planning to sit NAVLE Examinations for Registration in North America, you should seriously consider incorporating two weeks piggery practicals.
Veterinary Practical Work
The minimum requirements for veterinary practical work shall be:
SIX (6) weeks attendance under the supervision of a registered veterinary surgeon. It is essential that you experience a range of clinical practices – at least HALF (i.e. 3 weeks) of the veterinary work experience must be completed in New Zealand, in a minimum of two practices and one week must be a large animal/rural practice.