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Massey veterinary school – ranked 19th in the world

The School of Veterinary Science advances knowledge in animal health and welfare, biosecurity, conservation and sustainable productivity. We are a world-leader in our field, working with governments, other universities, international and national organisations and companies to improve animal health and production, and human health. We have:

  • Over 1000 students
  • 250 staff
  • 170 research programmes


Massey University offers New Zealand’s only veterinary degree (Bachelor of Veterinary Science), accredited internationally. 

We also have a range of internationally recognised postgraduate and professional development courses and qualifications.

Note that there are a number of policies and procedures that apply to vet students.


The School of Veterinary Science conducts research across a large number of species in a wide range of disciplines.

Our research underpins advances in New Zealand’s primary industries, companion animals,public health, biosecurity and animal welfare.


Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the School of Veterinary Science’s areas of specialisation.

Meet our graduates


The School of Veterinary Science is located on Massey’s campus in Palmerston North. Academic and administrative staff are located in the Hopkirk building, Veterinary Building and the Vet Tower just off the Ring Road. These offices are adjacent to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Wildbase Hospital and within walking distance of the Equine Veterinary Clinic and Farm Services.

Massey University veterinary building interior

Staff and careers

Head of School of Veterinary Science

Professor jon huxley

Professor Huxley joined Massey University in May 2018, from the University of Nottingham. His research expertise is in dairy cow health and endemic diseases of dairy cattle, particularly lameness and the impact of the housed environment on animal health and welfare.

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Massey careers

College of Sciences

The School of Veterinary Science is one of six interconnected schools within the College of Sciences.

College of Sciences

Research centres and groups

    Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre

    The Centre focuses on animal welfare in a diverse range of human-animal interactions. This includes the use of animals in research, teaching and testing, on farms, in the home, for sport, recreation and entertainment, in service roles, in zoos and the wild, and in other arenas.

    Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre


    The EpiCentre is the largest veterinary epidemiology training and research centre in Australasia. It is widely considered to be one of the leading groups in the world. We have expertise in the understanding and control of disease in animal populations, the transmission of disease from animals to humans, and hazards in food of animal origin.

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    Equine Research Centre

    Much of the equine research carried out in New Zealand is conducted at Massey University. Our aim is to perform scientific research and promote education to optimise equine health, welfare and the productivity of the equine industry.

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    Hopkirk Institute

    The Hopkirk Institute is a joint institute – scientists are from both AgResearch and Massey University. It has the southern hemisphere's largest concentration of health sciences for pastoral-fed animals.

    Scientists collaborate on researching solutions for the sustainable control of parasitic diseases, primarily in sheep and cattle including:

    • evaluating more effective vaccines to combat infectious disease, including tuberculosis, Johne's disease, mastitis and pneumonia
    • identifying and predicting food poisoning threats in New Zealand and devising strategies to minimise their prevalence and impact.

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    Infectious Disease Research Centre (IDReC)

    The Centre engages in applied research concerning multi-host pathogens and fundamental research regarding pathogen evolution and disease emergence. We cover the spectrum of population-based infectious disease research from microbiology, through population genetics, epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, disease ecology, statistics, mathematical modelling, and public health.

    Infectious Disease Research Centre

    One Health Aotearoa

    Massey University scientists are part of One Health Aotearoa. An alliance of New Zealand’s leading infectious diseases researchers, this group work together to address important health hazards in New Zealand.

    One Health Aotearoa

    Wildbase research centre

    Research at Wildbase promotes collaborative investigation of wildlife in support of the welfare and conservation of New Zealand native fauna. Our research expertise covers a wide range of wildlife issues.

    Wildbase research centre

    Working Dog Centre

    We work to improve the health and working life of working and service dogs through cutting-edge scientific investigations.

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    The mEpiLab's works to improve the health of New Zealanders by developing and applying new techniques to inform decision making and guide the prevention and control of infectious disease.

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    Veterinary students – policies and procedures

    There are a number of policies that apply to veterinary students at Massey University:

    One Health at Massey

    Arm of child getting vaccination

    Massey University expertise is contributing to tackling global epidemics and pandemics under the One Health umbrella.

    One Health at Massey

    Participate in research studies