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Entry requirements

Phases

The BVetTech is a 3-year degree that is divided into a pre-selection phase and a professional phase.

The professional phase

The professional phase starts in semester 2 of year 1. If you are selected into the professional phase of the BVetTech programme, you will take a range of courses covering everything you need to become a qualified veterinary technologist.

The pre-selection phase

The pre-selection phase occurs in semester 1 (beginning late February each year) and is your opportunity to compete for entry into the professional phase of the veterinary technology degree. During this phase you’ll need to complete the pre-requisite courses for selection (or alternates if you are given credit for these courses). You’ll also complete a range of selection assessments as detailed in “selection to the professional phase” below. Your grades from your courses along with the results of your selection assessments will be utilised to determine your selection score for ranking and selection into the professional phase.

There is no limit on the number of places in the pre-selection phase, so you can enrol as long as you meet the requirements for admission to Massey University. However, the better prepared you are, the better your chances of selection into the professional phase. In order to give yourself the best chance of success it is recommended that you have a good background in maths and science. For domestic students the recommended preparation before enrolling into the pre-selection phase is:

  • 14-20 credits of NCEA Level 3 chemistry and biology
  • At least one mathematics subject at NCEA Level 3 (calculus or statistics and modelling)
  • NCEA Level 2 English to meet the university admission requirements

What if you haven’t got a strong science and maths background? Here’s some advice for those who don’t meet recommendations or have not studied science recently

Places in the programme

Around 70 domestic and international students apply for the ~45-50 places within the programme. As such all applicants will go through a selection process to determine who will be offered the places. Only those who have performed well in the pre-selection phase may be offered a place. There is no separate pool for selection of Domestic and International Students in the BVetTech programme.

Applying for and enrolling in the BVetTech

There is a separate application for each phase (pre-selection and professional) of the BVetTech, but not every applicant will need to complete them both. Use the table below to help you know what you will need to do.

Applicant type

Apply - pre-selection phase

Apply - professional phase

New Student

Yes

Yes

Returning Student

Maybe - contact student advice

Yes

New students

When enrolling in the BVetTech straight from a New Zealand or overseas high school, you will apply for admission through the standard Massey University online application - the programme you will choose will be “Bachelor of Veterinary Technology pre-selection”. You’ll also enrol in your pre-selection phase courses, which will be 247.155, 123.101, 162.101199.101, irrespective of whether you are on the Manawatu or Auckland campus.

Returning students

You may have already completed the equivalent of some or all of the pre-requisite courses at a tertiary provider within New Zealand or overseas.

You will need to contact Student Administration for advice on credit assessment and selection of alternate courses. This should be done before 1st November in the year prior to which you wish to apply for selection.

  1. Note: Students who enter the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology with 124.111 Physics for Life Sciences (from vet pre-selection) shall be required to complete course 247.155 Communication in the Sciences before they can progress into the second year (Third Examination) of the BVetTech professional phase.

International Students

Apply for admission through the standard Massey University online application - the programme you will choose will be “Bachelor of Veterinary Technology pre-selection”. You’ll also enrol in your pre-selection phase courses, which will be 247.155, 123.101, 162.101199.101, irrespective of whether you are on the Manawatu or Auckland campus.
Along with your application, you will need to:

  • Submit a verified copy of your birth certificate or passport (a valid passport that will not expire during your time here in New Zealand).
  • Request your English language proficiency scores be sent to Massey University. There are different IELTS requirements for entry into the pre-selection and professional phases.
    • Pre-selection – you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5).
    • Professional phase –to be eligible for selection into the professional phase of the BVetTech you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 (no band less than 6.5).
    • For applicants from countries where English is the recognised first language and the applicant has completed at least 6 years of secondary or tertiary education, this requirement is waived (e.g. USA, Canada, UK etc.)

Applying for the Professional Phase

All students need to apply for admission into the professional phase (see details of selection below) through the standard Massey University online application. The programme you will select in your application will be “Bachelor of Veterinary Technology”.

For those that also have to apply for the pre-selection phase, complete that application PRIOR to applying for the professional phase.

In order to be eligible for selection into the professional phase, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the minimum required work experience of 10 full days (80 hours) in a veterinary clinic (40 hours must be undertaken as a block week- 5 x 8hr consecutive days)
  • Pass all the pre-requisite Massey University courses (classes) or their equivalent at another university.
  • Achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a C+ or better from your university courses
  • Sit the appropriate additional selection assessments

ALL veterinary technology students

Your standard application for selection into the professional phase is due on 15 March of the year you are applying for professional phase admission. Late applications will not be accepted.

All students - selection criteria

To be eligible for selection into the professional phase of the veterinary technology programme you must meet all of the four criteria listed below

1. Complete the minimum required work experience of 10 full days (80 hours) in a veterinary clinic.

You will need to complete 10 full days (80 hours) of veterinary clinic work experience to ensure you have seen “behind the scenes” of a commercial veterinary clinic. This must be completed PRIOR to beginning your study at Massey University and within two years of applying for selection to the professional phase. You will need to have a veterinarian, veterinary nurse, or veterinary technologist at the clinic(s) where you completed your work experience verify this experience on the Veterinary Work Evaluation form (below). They can either return this to you or they can submit it directly to the university. You can complete your work experience at more than one clinic and it can be completed outside New Zealand. We would recommend you complete one week at a large animal clinic and one week at a small animal clinic to improve your awareness of the breadth of clinical practise.

2. Pass all the pre-requisite Massey University courses (classes) or their equivalent at another university.

You must pass all the pre-requisite courses (or their equivalent at another university) to be eligible for selection into the professional phase. These courses are:

If you fail any of the pre-requisite courses you will not be eligible for selection, irrespective of how well you might have done in the other courses. Please note: an R (restricted) grade is considered a failing grade for the purposes of vet selection. In order to become eligible for selection in the future you would have to re-take and pass any failed pre-requisite courses.

Once you have passed a pre-requisite course (or its equivalent at another university) you will be given credit for this course, which will remain valid for all future veterinary selection applications. As such you will not be allowed to repeat a pre-requisite course you have passed.

If you have passed courses at another university, you must provide details of these in your application. This will allow us to determine whether those courses will be credited towards our pre-requisite courses. If you are given credit for any of the pre-requisite courses you will not be allowed to repeat these for selection purposes but will be required to choose alternate courses of an approved standard. This is to ensure that all students competing for selection are taking new courses and not repeating material they have already studied. For advice on choosing alternate courses please contact Student Administration.

3. Achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a C+ or better from your university courses.

We combine the credit value and grades obtained from completed courses into a single overall value called the GPA. The minimum average GPA required for eligibility for selection is a C+ or 3.0 on the 9 point GPA scale used at Massey University. However, the actual GPA cut-off for selection may be higher, and will depend upon the number of, and academic ability of the applicants each year. 

Only grades from courses taken at a New Zealand university are included in the GPA.

Guidelines for grade inclusion in the GPA for selection

If you have studied at university previously, you should speak to a specialist veterinary advisor in the Student Advice and Information Unit for advice to confirm which courses of your previous study will be included in your GPA for selection. You will need to supply a copy of your transcripts with your enquiry. Failure to seek such confirmation, or not understanding the guidelines below, will not be considered an adequate reason to appeal non-selection.

The guidelines regarding grade inclusion in the GPA for selection are below: 

A: The courses must have been completed within three years (36 months) of the selection meeting you have applied to.

  • For example, for selection in July 2019 only grades from courses completed as part of full time study after July 2016 will be taken into consideration for selection. Any grades from courses completed prior to July 2016 will not be used in the GPA for selection. This means that if you have not studied full time within the last three years prior to selection you would NOT be eligible for selection in that year. In this case, if you wanted to apply for professional phase selection you would need to enrol in a minimum of one new semester of full-time science study to create a new GPA.

B: Only grades from university courses taken during the most recent, up to four semesters of full time study, in which at least 45 credits of each semester are science will be used for selection. Where more than 4 semesters have been completed that meet these guidelines, only the most recent 4 semesters would be included in the GPA calculation. Where one to three semesters have been completed that meet these guidelines, all of the semesters would be included (as long as they are within the 3 years of the selection meeting - see A above).

  • Full time in New Zealand for vet selection is defined as 60 credits per semester
  • If a student is enrolled in more than 60 credits in a semester, the grades from all the courses are included.
  • Students are permitted to enrol in a maximum of one approved non-science course per semester (15 credits in a 60 credit semester).
  • Science courses will be defined as those that are included in the science schedule at Massey University, or would cross credit to those courses, with the exception of 119.155" title="119.155">247.155 Communication in the sciences and 247.177 Written Communication for Information Sciences. These two courses are considered non-science courses for vet selection.
  • Students in a conjoint degree (i.e. BBS/BSc) need to have their course of study approved by the veterinary portfolio advisor(s) in the Student Advice to ensure it meets the requirements for inclusion in the GPA calculation
  • Grades from courses completed in a part-time semester will not be included in the GPA for selection UNLESS they were for pre-requisite courses completed within 3 years (36 months) of the selection meeting.
  • Grades for university courses completed while still in high school WILL count for credit but WILL NOT be included in the GPA calculation

Please note: Only grades that are available to the selection committee by the time of the appeal meeting at the absolute latest, can be considered for selection for that year. Any grades finalised after this date (i.e. from another university or due to a grade change) cannot be considered for the GPA for selection in that year, but will be used for any future selection attempts. 

4. Sit the appropriate additional selection assessments.

Produce an Essay on "Veterinary Technology & the Veterinary Industry".

Selection into the Professional Phase

All applicants must meet the selection criteria as detailed below in order to be eligible for selection into the professional phase. Your selection score will comprise both your academic and non-academic performance. A selection score will then be calculated for all eligible applicants as described below. Students will be ranked for selection in descending order based on this score, and positions will be offered on the basis of this ranking until all available positions are filled.

Your selection score will be calculated as 50% from your academic performance assessment (GPA), and 50% from non-academic performance assessment (Veterinary Practical Work Evaluation and Essay on the Veterinary Industry).

Additional entry information for other groups

Completed Diploma in Veterinary Nursing qualification

Applications will be considered for unlimited places from students who have completed the Massey University Diploma in Veterinary Nursing or from a programme other than Massey University which achieves the equivalency of the DipVetNursing programme, as approved by the Director - Veterinary Technology Programme. The application process includes completion of credit application of the DipVetNursing or equivalent programme and uploading an official copy of Academic Transcript (if not a Massey University DipVetNursing qualification) and course outlines, submission of relevant work experience, a curriculum vitae and an essay on Veterinary Technology & the Veterinary Industry.

A candidate, who has previously passed all examinations of the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Massey University, in the opinion of the Academic Board, may be granted credit in all parts up to a limit of 150 credits.

If the candidate wishes to apply for more credit, they shall be required to forfeit their Diploma in Veterinary Nursing qualification.

If you are not selected

If you are not selected for the professional phase, you may reapply for selection in the future. There is no limit to the number of times you may apply for selection. You can credit the courses you have passed in the pre-selection phase toward another degree, and reapply in a future year. If you are intending to reapply again in the future, we strongly recommend you have your courses approved PRIOR TO STARTING THEM by a specialist veterinary advisor in the Student 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.

Appealing your selection outcome

The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology student selection system has been approved by the Veterinary Programme and Massey University academic committees. Appeals by applicants who are not selected into the professional phase of the veterinary technology programme are limited to the following:

  1. the grounds for appeal can only be based on procedural irregularities relating to the examination or decision making process
  2. 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 given in assessments), and
  3. no appeal will be allowed on grounds relating to circumstances affecting the candidate’s performance on the assessments. The individual may instead make an application for special consideration to the veterinary selection committee by the 30th June in the year they are applying for selection.

Some examples of appeals that will not be considered are:

  • Appeal on the basis that you, your family, a veterinarian or any other person feel that you would make a great veterinary technologist.
  • Appeal on the basis of how practical you are or how much animal experience you have
  • Appeal based on a grade for a single course being less than the student felt was deserved. The selection and appeals committee does not override grades. For grade changes the student will need to work through their institution’s standard examination procedures.

Appeals will be considered by the appeals committee, which is composed of individuals who are not on the veterinary student selection committee.

Key dates

Date

Key deadline

1 October 2018

Enrolment for 2019 courses open

31 October 2018

International student enrolment due date for Massey University for the following year

Returning domestic students should have discussed their situation for reapplication with an Academic Adviser for Veterinary Technology in Student Advice

25 January 2019

Due date for online enrolment for all domestic students

25 February 2019

Semester 1 courses begin

15 March 2019

Domestic and international students deadline to submit their application for professional phase

4 July 2019

Students informed of their selection outcome

15 July 2019

Professional phase of the veterinary technology programme begins (semester 2)

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


How much will it cost?

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