Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine
Degree / Award Title
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
Offering Academic Unit
Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences
Mode of Study

Aims of Major

CityU’s Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC) in collaboration with Cornell University, strives 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 Production.

JCC aims to train veterinarians that fulfil the Day One competencies as stipulated by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and adopted by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC). As a college  that strives to be a premier provider of veterinary research, training and service in Asia, JCC  is also committed to attaining the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Day One competencies (OIE recommendations on the Competencies of graduating veterinarians (‘Day One graduates’)).

Each competency is related to a course learning objective present in the courses of the curriculum which will be mapped against the RCVS Day One competencies.  Thus it will not be possible for a student to graduate who has exceeded the pass mark for the course by being very proficient at one aspect but at the same time scoring a very low mark for an aspect directly linked to a Day One competency. To graduate, a student must not only exceed the pass mark for a particular course but also achieve Day One competency in the skills and attributes associated with that course.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

  1. Have an understanding of the scientific principles underlying veterinary medicine
  2. Acquire the basic clinical skills and attitudes necessary to care for the common domestic animals and other species entrusted to our stewardship
  3. Acquire critical thinking as evidenced by successful problem solving
  4. Demonstrate sound clinical judgment and medical decision-making skills
  5. Show an understanding of the interactions among animals, people, and the environment
  6. Display a commitment to professionalism, including a commitment to animal welfare and to following the best practices in relation to ethical, cultural, global, business management, and legal issues
  7. Subscribe to the need for self-education and lifelong learning skills to promote professional growth
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the limits of one’s knowledge and skills and the ability to address those limits through effective use of sources of information and expertise
  9. Satisfy a series of Day one competencies
  10. Have particular knowledge and understanding of the issues related to Emerging Infectious Diseases, Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Aquatic Production

Degree Requirements

Gateway Education requirement 30 credit units
College requirement 0 credit units
Major requirement

213 credit units

Free electives / Minor (if applicable) N/A
Minimum Graduation Requirement: 243 credit units
Maximum Credit Units Permitted: 273 credit units

Professional Recognition

City University of Hong Kong is engaged in a process with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) leading towards international accreditation of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. The Programme was granted "Provisional Accreditation" after admission of the first cohort of BVM students in September 2017, which has recently be re-confirmed in June 2019. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is  engaged in accreditation process under their reciprocal recognition agreement with the AVBC and the most recent accreditation review was carried out jointly by these two bodies in February 2019.

Graduates of accredited schools are expected to be eligible to work as veterinarians in the jurisdictions that recognise these particular accrediting authorities. China's Ministry of Agriculture will allow veterinary graduates who are Chinese nationals and are registered in Hong Kong or Macau to sit the Chinese National Veterinary Licensing Examination.

Additional Information

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:

(a) a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS overall band score of 7 and 7 in each category prior to graduation. However, it is highly encouraged for students to fulfill the English proficiency requirement before the commencement of the clinical years (i.e the third year of the programme);

(b) the satisfactory completion of Pre-EMS Animal Handling Skills (course code: VM1001) prior to commencing Animal Husbandry Extra-mural Studies (EMS);

(c) the satisfactory completion of 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry EMS (course code: VM1002) during the Summer Terms and/or teaching breaks prior to commencing the third year of the programme;

(d) the satisfactory completion of 26 weeks of Clinical EMS (course code: VM1003) during the Summer Terms and/or teaching breaks prior to graduation; and

(e) the satisfactory completion of a register of veterinary skills prior to graduation.