Hong Kong’s dense urban environment abutting the extensive country parks is not an obvious environment within which to study production animals. Fortunately, this challenge is ameliorated by the presence of local pig farms , local chicken farms and the existence of feral water buffalo, feral cattle and small scale goat herds within Hong Kong. It is expected that with the creation within the SVM of an ambulatory clinic, students will gain useful first hand exposure to these species.
An initiation into handling production animals will occur every year when students from Hong Kong go to a summer camp in Cornell. There they will all visit the Cornell University Dairy and commence their introduction to dairy cattle. The expertise from this unit will be incorporated in our training unit and teaching plans. The students will not only come across dairy cows but will also meet other species of production animals present in the clinics of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine This will be highly relevant to the many students who are fully accustomed to the urban environment.
With regards to more systematic training of clinically related procedures an area of land has been identified to create a production animal handling unit. The planned unit will hold at least 30 or more dairy cows dedicated for teaching purposes. By frequent exposure to these dairy cows, students will gain an excellent opportunity to gain confidence and knowledge of handling cattle. They themselves will on occasion feed and water cattle. They will be expected to perform their initial training of a variety of first day competency skills for example:- clinical inspection of cattle, foot trimming, blood sampling, use of ropes and halters, milk sampling, weighing and drenching. They will learn how to use many examples of standard farm equipment such as , crushes, rotating foot crush, rectal ultrasound scanner, headlocks, anti-kick bar, stomach pump and transportable races.
The SVM has signed an MOU with Falcon Dairy Holdings Limited. This will enable students to gain experience in modern large scale high quality dairy farming. The farm (hub) is situated in China and will come on line soon. SVM staff have also visited one of the Fonterra hubs in China and it is expected that we will develop further cooperations with these units. Presently one of the Fonterra contract consultants is advising on us the design of our dairy training unit.
In addition many MOUs have been signed with local farmers and those who farm in Shenzhen in order to give further production animal clinical education experiences to the students, e.g beef feedlot management. It is expected that students when selecting electives will have additional opportunities to go again to these units and also others obtained through contact with international farming and veterinary contacts.
|Agreements / MOUs have been signed with the following associations:|
|Federation of Hong Kong Agricultural Associations|
|Pigs, Cattle, Poultry, Freshwater and Marine Fish 豬、牛、家禽、淡水和海水魚|
|The New Territories Chicken Breeders Association, Limited|
|The Hong Kong Livestock Industry Association|
|Pigs and Poultry 豬及家禽|
|Tai Tong Ecoriding School|
|The Federation of Pig Raising Cooperative Societies of Hong Kong, Kowloon, and New Territories, Limited|
|Falcon Dairy Holdings Limited||Dairy Cattle 乳牛|
|Hong Kong New Territories Fish Culture Association|
|Freshwater Fish 淡水魚|
|Sin Tin Fishery Products Company Limited|
|Freshwater Fish 淡水魚|
|Mark Glory Industrial Limited|
|Marine Fish 海水魚|
|Tai Tong Animal Galaxy|
|Zoo animals, goats, exotic birds, cattle, pigs, rabbits|
|The Hong Kong Pig Raising Development Federation|