Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine

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Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine

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Delivered by distance, the MVM programme brings the world’s veterinary expertise to your door. The classroom comes to you through interactive technology and study guides. Led by lecturers with international recognition from around the world, our courses have a reputation for their in-depth, comprehensive review of subjects and use of real-life studies.

Veronika Pipe shares her experience at Massey University.

Why did you choose the MVM?

I chose MVM because I wanted to improve and deepen my university skills and I felt that the programme will offer exactly that. And it did, a good, comprehensive learning and deeper understanding of the common day to day issues we face in general veterinary practise. The different ways of learning, e.g. online discussions, writing and sharing short essays, self-directed reading and most importantly a three day contact course with the teacher, a specialist in the field, really appealed to me. I found the learning more beneficial and memorable than a work shop or a conference lecture. I also felt that MVM proved to be great value for money!

How soon after graduation did you start? 

I started approximately one year after graduation with a Clinical pathology paper. I guess I felt the need to understand that topic better, to deepen my graduate knowledge in order to become a better diagnostician. The following year I completed another paper before taking a break to have two busy boys. 

I returned to MVM when they were older and finished three more papers and a practicum. I have been extremely lucky with my employer,  Vet Services Hawke’s Bay who supported and encouraged me all along the journey. Particularly during the practicum when I was away for nearly three months in total. Vet Services Hawke’s Bay were amazing and really understanding, allowing me to take extra leave when needed. This would not have been possible in other places I have worked, so it is important to communicate well with the employer, making sure they understand the commitment. 

What have you got out of the MVM?

A great amount of knowledge and skills I can use every day in my clinical practice and  much improved confidence and job satisfaction. I also met some cool, similarly minded people along the way which is always good in our busy profession

How has the MVM affected your future career?

On a personal level, I felt I became a better clinician, but it also opened my eyes how much there still is to learn. Within my work place it helped me support my colleagues, offer them opinions on topics I have studied and also support our current MVM students at Vet Services Hawke’s Bay. I would recommend MVM to anyone who wants to be a better vet, I would do it all over again.

Thank you MVM team, Vet Services Hawke’s Bay, my family and Dr Richard Lucy.


Courses offered in February 2023

Companion animal courses:

Clinical Reproduction and Fertility
Dermatology
Emergency Medicine
Endocrinology

Production animal courses:

Clinical Reproduction and Fertility
Advances in Ruminant Nutrition

Epidemiology courses:

Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

Courses offered in July 2023

Companion animal courses:

Ophthalmology 
Orthopedic Surgery 
Neurology

Production animal courses:

Cattle Lameness

Epidemiology courses:

Applied Veterinary Epidemiology

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