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Massey University In New Zealand Opens Master Of Veterinary Medicine To International Veterinarians

14 years ago

19th March, 2010 00h00

Massey University in New Zealand has opened its Master of Veterinary Medicine distance programme to international applicants for the first time. Until now, the programme has only been available extramurally to New Zealand citizens working abroad, but Director of the Master of Veterinary Medicine, Dr Liz Norman, says that by 2012 the University hopes to offer 24 papers in four majors: companion animal, production animal, equine and business administration. Dr Norman says few institutions offer this sort of programme or its equivalent. “Enquiries we receive indicate that many veterinarians have an innate drive to continually learn, but balancing education with their often busy lives is problematic. We’ve designed our flexible distance programmes to offer in depth study in a supported environment led by internationally renowned experts. Students can extend themselves, their reputation and their practice by studying in their own place, at their own pace and at times which suit them.” Candidates can choose to study single courses of interest or put together a series of courses to gain a postgraduate qualification. This gives them a post-nominal MVM or PGDipVCS that can carry endorsements in the subject area. The programme also includes optional three-day contact courses, which are workshops scheduled for each paper that allow for invaluable face-to-face contact between students and teachers. International students will be encouraged to come if they possibly can because, as Head of Institute Professor Frazer Allan says, “contact courses provide one-on-one experience with some of the best and brightest minds in their respective veterinary fields”. Interaction with experts is not limited to the contact courses. All students are able to converse with them either on-line or over the phone. The computer interface also allows for significant adaptation to match the content of a course. Equine papers, for example, will clearly lend themselves to video as the students study a horse’s gait. The first papers available to international students will commence in February 2010. For more information about the MVM visit or email Dr Liz Norman [email protected]

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