City University of Hong Kong-HK

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences!

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is a global university committed to discovery, innovation and the improvement of quality of life.

In 2014, CityU has launched its Life Sciences Initiative with the establishment of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine. Both these academic units flourished by themselves but are now integrated under the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (CVMLS) to create a centre of excellence in veterinary and biomedical education. We conduct transformational research for the understanding and betterment of animal and human health.

The college’s premier educational programme, the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM), is the first professional veterinary degree offered in Hong Kong. It is also the first one in Asia seeking international accreditation by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC). ‘Provisional Accreditation Status’ was granted in September 2017 and we are confident to continue on the pathway towards full accreditation.

The first cohort of veterinary students have started at CityU in September 2017 and our veterinary facilities are growing with the acquisition of one of Hong Kong’s leading veterinary clinics, Peace Avenue Veterinary Clinic (PAVC), and the establishment of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) on campus, as well as the development of other facilities in various locations off campus.

In addition, the college offers two bachelor degree programmes through the Department of Biomedical Sciences, a BSc in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) and a BSc in Biological Sciences (BIO). The BMS programme is designed to equip students with fundamental knowledge and practical skills in biomedical sciences with emphasis on clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, cytopathology and hematology. It is undergoing accreditation by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (London) for the graduates to seek professional registration with the Medical Laboratory Technologists Board of Hong Kong. The BIO programme provides a rigorous, broad-spectrum curriculum in biological sciences including biochemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology, systems biology and bioinformatics. It aims to nurture students to embark on professional, educational, scientific or technical careers in life sciences, healthcare or biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

In September 2014, we have also successfully launched an interdisciplinary PhD programme in the areas of comparative biomedical science, immunology and infectious diseases, molecular and systemic neuroscience, and public health and epidemiology, with joint supervision by the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.

The college has a growing team of world-class faculty with state-of-the-art facilities and a collaborative environment. We promote interdisciplinary research under the One Health paradigm, integrating knowledge discovery, clinical care and translation. We aim to become global leaders in cancer biology, neuroscience, regenerative medicine and nanomedicine for disease detection, prevention and eradication. We strive to enhance public health, food safety, animal care and the prevention and control of infectious diseases in Hong Kong and the region.

We believe that, with this latest integration, our college will be able to achieve even bigger impact and excellence in research, learning and teaching for the benefit of all our students (of veterinary medicine and life sciences alike), and hence, make a difference to the local community, the region and the world.

I invite you to look around our website, meet faculty and staff, and find information about our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

Professor Michael Reichel
Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences
Chair Professor of Veterinary Medicine
MBA, PhD, FACVSc, FRCVS
Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health
Co-Editor-in-Chief Veterinary Parasitology