New Zealand veterinary school greatly expanding

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Massey University Institute of Veterinary, Animal, and Biomedical Sciences, located in Palmerston North, New Zealand, will soon undergo a $75 million upgrade and expansion of its facilities.

The project will allow the country’s only veterinary institute to increase its capacity by 40 students, which will bring the new total to 140 seats available per year. Providing the government agrees to fund the additional domestic students, about 20 would be from New Zealand and 20 would be from other countries.

(Courtesy of Massey University)

The project will be funded over nine years from the university’s annual capital expenditure budget, according to a Massey press release.

It includes expanding the veterinary tower and extensively redeveloping the veterinary hospital, pathology facilities, and teaching and research spaces, according to the release, while retaining teaching, research, and clinical service functionality.

Dr. Frazer Allan, head of Massey’s veterinary institute, said the project creates space for projected growth in numbers of postgraduate and undergraduate students.

“Our staff have been keen for this upgrade for some time and are really excited about the opportunities it offers,” he said. “Each year, we have a high standard of applications from many more people than we have space for.”

Massey was first accredited by the AVMA Council on Education in 2001; its next evaluation will be in 2014. The veterinary institute is also accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council.