Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
- What qualities does a potential veterinary medical student have to possess?
Answer: An empathy for animals, good communication skills, problem-solving skills, a high level of academic ability, and motivation that is strong enough to see the student through a 6-year programme with a heavy workload.
- Will CityU SVM accept transfer students into the BVM programme?
Answer: Very rarely because the veterinary courses are all compulsory and highly specific which means that transfer credit is rarely possible.
- Are mature students eligible for application to BVM programme? Is there any age limit?
Answer: Mature age students are eligible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, all applicants must demonstrate that they can meet the pre-requisites of English, chemistry, and mathematics.
- Can an applicant re-apply if s/he has been unsuccessful in the first application?
Answer: Yes, in subsequent years.
- Can I specialize in one type of animal if I am enrolled to the BVM programme?
Answer: To graduate, veterinary students from BVM must achieve basic competence in the medicine of horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, and poultry. This is a requirement for accreditation and therefore common to all internationally-accredited veterinary schools. But graduates are free to specialize in whatever species they wish in their career.
- Why is chemistry a pre-requisite instead of biology?
Answer: A sound understanding of chemistry is necessary to understand physiology (the study of how the body functions), toxicology (the study of the actions of poisons), and pharmacology (the study of the actions of drugs). It is also necessary to fully understand university-level cell biology.
- Why is mathematics a pre-requisite?
Answer: The characteristics of the spread of diseases through animal populations is studied using mathematical modelling. Secondary-school mathematics is required to understand how mathematical modelling works.
- Why is there so much emphasis on English?
Answer: High standards of fluency and literacy in English are required by the international veterinary accrediting authorities. Also, the veterinary program is taught in English.
- Is Chinese an acceptable subject for entry into the BVM?
Answer: Yes, it is an acceptable subject; but it is not a required subject.
- I’m a qualified veterinary nurse. What credit would I get if I enrolled in the BVM?
Answer: Veterinary nursing is a profession in its own right and the studies to become a veterinary nurse do not overlap closely with the studies to become a vet or if they do, it is not at the same depth and breadth of study. Hence there would be little if any credit.
- I didn’t take chemistry in my HKDSE/ IB/ GCE. What can I do?
Answer: A high level of achievement in chemistry is a pre-requisite and necessary to cope with studies in biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology. If you haven’t studied chemistry at secondary school and you are really determined to study veterinary medicine, you could enrol in a science or biomedical programme, study chemistry and meet the BVM pre-requisite that way. If you did, credit transfer would also be likely.
- To meet the pre-requisite of chemistry, do I need to study pure chemistry in HKDSE?
Answer: Yes. However, for the 2017 and 2018 admissions, HKDSE Combined Science (Chemistry and Biology OR Chemistry and Physics) will be accepted as meeting the chemistry pre-requisite.
- What role do vets have in public health?
Answer: Vets have two roles in public health. One is to minimize the risk that diseases of animals will transfer into the human population. The other is to assure the safety of animal products such as meat and milk.
- What role do vets have in government?
Answer: Government veterinarians are responsible for protecting the animals in a particular jurisdiction from foreign diseases brought in by imported animals or animal products. They are also responsible for ensuring food safety, conducting research and dealing with epidemics that might break out in livestock.
- How many vets are there in Hong Kong?
Answer: As at 30th September 2015, 802 veterinary surgeons were registered in Hong Kong, but some of them live overseas.
- Could I work as a part-time vet in future?
Answer: Yes. Many vets, particularly ones with young children, prefer to work part-time.
- Would I have to do out-of-hours work if I was a vet?
Answer: Most veterinary practices have consultation hours in the evenings and on weekends. Also, emergencies often occur outside of normal business hours. That means that some of the vets in the practice have to be rostered for out-of-hours work. Government vets may also have to deal with out-of-hours emergencies.