Welcome to the website of the Massey University Veterinary Students’ Association, or MUVSA.
MUVSA is the official representation of veterinary and veterinary technology students at Massey University, New Zealand.
MUVSA works hard to provide students with support and balance throughout the degree. This includes investing in mental health initiatives, offering options for academic help, providing career development opportunities and guest lectures, and organising many social extracurriculars, such as quiz nights, sports teams, and whole school events. MUVSA also strives to foster relationships between other colleges and institutions at Massey, and overseas. This is mirrored by our encouragement of students to participate in many professional veterinary organisations.
Ultimately, MUVSA exists to represent students and their interests. The committee consists of an executive team, as well as class representatives in each year of both the veterinary and veterinary technology degrees. This creates effective communication between staff, students, and year levels across the entire school. Thus, we are able to effectively lead discussions with the School of Veterinary Science and other organisations on behalf of the students.
We work hard to stay current, and attempt to continuously improve on previous executive’s innovation and application. This year, 2019, we are focusing on encouraging students to maintain a good work-life balance during the stressful and time-consuming degree. This will subsequently promote mental health and wellbeing. People relax and unwind in many different ways, and to accommodate this we are broadening the type of social events offered to students, including renting a theatre for movie night.
We are also currently planning our fourth annual Community Day. In the second semester of this year, in conjunction with the Palmerston North City Council, we will be planting trees with the Green Corridors programme. This long-term project enhances areas of native bush along streams, provides a place for wildlife to thrive, improves water quality, and creates open green spaces from the Tararua Ranges to the Manawatū River. This service project within Palmerston North aims to continue building on the rapport of veterinarian professionals at the community level.
We look forward to the year ahead and are always open to suggestions and recommendations. We hope to make a tangible imprint on the history of MUVSA and foster impeccable new graduates from both degrees.
MUVSA President 2019