Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology (GCertScTech)


The Massey University Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology can be achieved by completing a total of 60 credits. A minimum of 45 credits must be from the list of recommended Massey University courses and a maximum of 15 credits can be completed from the NZVA courses listed below. On completion of the GCertScTech the NZVA will award an Accreditation in Sheep, Beef and Deer On-Farm Analysis if a combination of the recommended Massey University and NZVA courses have been completed.


In addition to the usual entry qualifications this pathway is available to people who hold a veterinary degree which is recognised for registration purposes in New Zealand.

Qualification requirements

Candidates for the GCertScTech will follow a flexible programme of study, which consists of courses at 200, 300, 700 level and NZVA courses totaling at least 60 credits, comprising:

  1. at least 45 credits from Massey University courses (at least 30 credits need to be at 300 level or higher);
  2. up to 15 credits from the NZVA courses (700 level).

The basic qualification requirements for all GCertScTech can be found on the Massey University website.

Massey University recommended courses

Course number Course name Credit value Course mode
283.201 Pasture and Crop Agronomy   15 Distance & Internal
189.251 Soil Fertility and Fertilisers   15 Distance & Internal
117.342 Animal Nutrition   15 Distance & Internal
194.343 Animal Welfare Science   15 Internal
117.345 Genetics for Livestock Improvement   15 Internal
117.371 Animal Production   15 Distance & Internal
117.381 Solving Problems in Animal Production   15 Internal
119.381 Decision-Making in Primary Industry   15 Distance & Internal
119.358 Agricultural Production Systems   15 Distance & Internal
117.731 Principles of Epidemiology   15 Distance & Internal
117.761 Ruminant Livestock Feeding   15 Distance & Internal
117.772 Sheep Production   15 Internal
117.785 Advanced Studies in Animal Production   15 Distance & Internal
118.785 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology   15 Distance
119.731 Topics in Agricultural Extension and Consultancy   15 Distance & Internal
119.752 Advanced Farm and Horticultural Management   15 Distance & Internal
141.724 Food Quality, Safety and Innovation   15 Distance & Internal
240.753 Supply Chain Analytics   15 Block
240.754 Supply Chain Optimisation   15 Block
283.701 Advanced Pasture Production and Practice   15 Distance & Internal
287.730 Quality Management   15 Distance
FLRC Course Sustainable Nutrient Management in NZ Agriculture   10 Distance
Short Course Understanding Herbicides    5 Short Course

Mode: this column displays the delivery mode for the course. Courses at Massey can be studied internally, by distance or by block mode.

  • Internal mode requires attendance at regularly scheduled classes on one of Massey's campuses.
  • Distance mode allows students to study via correspondence and/or by electronic means, with the opportunity usually provided for one or more Contact Workshops.
  • Block mode refers to internal courses where the class contact is in a compressed time period.

Please note: Massey University is currently producing 5 credit modules and these will be listed on this site when they become available.

NZVA accredited courses

Animal Health Planning (sheep, beef, deer)        On-Farm Consultancy SkillsOn-Farm Parasitology SkillsAnimal WelfareBiosecurity

Course number Course name Credit value
SBD01 Animal Health Planning (sheep, beef, deer) 5
SBD02 On-Farm Consultancy Skills 5
SBD03 On-Farm Parasitology Skills 5
SBD04 Animal Welfare 5
SBD05 Biosecurity 5

Transfer of credits to Massey University Master Programme

If you wish to continue onto the Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) or Master of Agriculture(MAg) programmes at Massey University we recommend that you contact the MVM office or MAg office before you complete 30 credits to enable transfer of credits to the appropriate Master programme.