Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine



The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences offers the first veterinary programme in Asia modelled on DVM lines that aspires to international programme accreditation, with a vision to raise the standard of animal health care and the teaching of the veterinary discipline in the region. The goal is "to be the premier provider of comprehensive, evidence-based veterinary training, research and service in Asia, with particular emphasis on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Aquatic Animal Health."



Full Major Title: Veterinary Medicine
Full Award Title: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM)
Mode of Study: Full-time
Duration of Study: 6 years


The number of credit units required to complete the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme is 252 credit units. These are distributed through 12 semesters (i.e. 6 years) each of 21 credit units. The maximum study period is 8 years. The requirements of international accreditation and the study themes tailored for the Asian veterinary environment mean that all students study the same courses constituting the 252-credit-unit programme. Although it is not required for graduation, students can choose to undertake additional studies up to a maximum credit limit of 273 units.

There are also curricular milestones. These are compulsory requirements, not affiliated with particular courses, that must be satisfactorily completed before a student can advance in the programme. These are:

  • An International English Language Testing System overall band score of 7 and 7 in each category prior to commencing the third year of the programme;
  • the satisfactory completion of Pre-EMS Animal Handling Skills (VM 1001 Pre-EMS Animal Handling Skills) prior to commencing Animal Husbandry Extra-mural Studies (EMS);
  • The satisfactory completion of 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry EMS (VM 1002 Animal Husbandry Extra-mural Studies) during the Summer Terms and/ or teaching breaks prior to commencing the third year of the programme;
  • The satisfactory completion of 26 weeks of Clinical EMS (VM 1003 Clinical Extra-mural Studies) during the Summer Terms and/or teaching breaks prior to graduation; and
  • The satisfactory completion of a register of veterinary skills prior to graduation.


The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences aims to train veterinarians that fulfil the Day 1 competencies as stipulated by the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and adopted by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. The competencies are expressed as objectives in the courses that comprise the curriculum. To succeed in the programme, students must focus on obtaining the competencies, not merely passing the courses. High levels of achievement in several competencies cannot compensate for inadequate achievement in another competency.

The curriculum was designed with five objectives:

  • To include the curriculum of the four-year Cornell University veterinary medicine programme
  • To include the pre-requisites of the Cornell veterinary medicine programme
  • To meet the accreditation standards set by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council
  • To meet the CityU’s Gateway Education requirements
  • To include courses of particular relevance in East, Southeast, and South Asia and arranged in themes:
    • Animal Welfare
    • Aquatic Animal Health
    • Emerging Infectious Diseases
    • Food Safety

A legible version of the curriculum and detailed course information are available HERE