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Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Science

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.
  • Some courses are offered in block mode.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Postgraduate diplomas often provide education training in specialist disciplines and involve taught courses, although often a project may be included.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Science is a course of study open to graduates or those who have been able to demonstrate extensive practical, professional, or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind. It consists of a coherent programme of not less than one year full-time study (or its equivalent in part-time study).

Courses or other work prescribed shall be at an advanced level that builds on attainment in the academic field of the prior degree.


Massey University’s veterinary programme is ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide by both the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking and ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Find out more about specific courses and our lecturers at



Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s veterinary science staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Dr Keren Dittmer

Dr Dittmer’s clinical experience covers large and small animal practice in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and secretary of the New Zealand Society of Veterinary Pathology. Her expertise is in both anatomic and clinical pathology, with a particular interest in skeletal pathology, vitamin D and genetic diseases.

Dr Dittmer’s specific research projects have included humeral fractures in dairy cows, vitamin D in horses, FGF23 in dogs, genetic diseases - including dwarfism (chondrodysplasia) in cattle and sheep, inherited rickets in sheep, and storage diseases in dogs . Her work has been published in internationally-significant journals such as Veterinary Pathology, PLOS One, and the New Zealand Veterinary Journal.

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