Massey university is to spend $75 million upgrading its veterinary school.
The project will be rolled out over the next nine years, creating spaces for 180 more students at the Palmerston North campus.
Head of the Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences Professor Frazer Allan says the upgrade will create graduates for a projected shortage in vets.
"What we're facing in New Zealand at the moment is very soon we're going to have a group of baby boomers retire out of the profession, therefore we see that there is going to be a shortage of veterinarians in the future."
Construction for the project is due to begin next year.