Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

Companion Animal Clinic

In 2016, CityU has acquired full ownership of Peace Avenue Veterinary Clinic (PAVC), a leading veterinary clinic that offers first opinion and referral veterinary services to the companion animals in Hong Kong.

Why do we need a companion animal clinic?

The companion animal clinic is an integral part of all veterinary schools. A veterinary clinic comprises specialists, trainees, general practitioners, veterinary technicians, students, customer service staff and administrators, who work collaboratively to provide the highest quality of veterinary care to the pet community. It provides a platform for the team to innovate and create new techniques and develop new knowledge, for the advancement of animal health. It also acts as a training ground for the future veterinarians and veterinary nurses and technicians, and provides opportunities for veterinarians to specialise in a field of their choice.


The Peace Avenue Veterinary Clinic (PAVC), originally founded as The Phillip C.K. Mak Veterinary Clinic, was opened in 1984 and was the first veterinary clinic operated by a native of Hong Kong. Established in Mong Kok, in the heart of Hong Kong, PAVC services companion animals from all parts of Hong Kong. The large, well-equipped, flagship clinic, was designed by a renowned American veterinary hospital designer and an architectural firm, and built in line with the stringent standards of The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). It is staffed by specialists in several disciplines, alongside general practitioners and a team of emergency veterinarians.

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Hospital room in PAVC

PAVC History

Peace Avenue Veterinary Clinic (PAVC) was founded by Dr. Phillip Mak. After graduating from Sydney University in 1982, Dr. Mak returned to Hong Kong and began working at the SPCA. Shortly after, with the encouragement of his colleagues and the community, Dr Mak opened his own clinic in Mong Kok. Since then, there has been no turning back. The clinic expanded rapidly and evolved into the multi-specialty practice that it is today.

PAVC Services

PAVC prides itself on providing a complete array of diagnostics and therapeutics to meet your pet's needs.

The 18,000 square foot clinic located on Liberty Avenue in Kowloon was purpose built to very stringent standards. The clinic incorporates a HEPA system to improve air quality, control airflow direction, maintain differential pressure and filtrate inflow of air for surgical rooms. All areas are separated based on function and a seamless vinyl floor has been installed to ensure good hygiene.

PAVC is host to a whole range of equipment including MRI, CT scanner, digital radiography, C-ARM fluoroscope and arthroscopes, along with a state of the art digital archiving and communication system. It was the first clinic in Hong Kong to acquire an MRI solely for pets.

High quality digital radiographs

CT scanner at PAVC

PAVC currently offers the services of a neurologist, surgeons, cardiologists and an internal medicine specialist. Visiting specialists include those in the field of dermatology and ophthalmology. There are also 17 general practitioners as well as a dedicated team for seeing emergency and critical care patients.

PAVC is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year.

Vision for the clinic

Veterinary medicine has changed dramatically in Hong Kong over the last three decades and we believe that the time is not only right but there is a very real need in Hong Kong for a university veterinary clinic with several specialties on offer to Hong Kong pet owners.

CityU aims to build on the excellent foundations of PAVC while continuing its core clinical activities. The clinic will continue to function smoothly with the high standard of veterinary care that has come to be associated with it. New specialities will be added to the existing repertoire of services that PAVC offers and new equipment acquired as required.

PAVC is as much a tribute to the hard work of the founders of PAVC as it is to all staff members, and we are especially glad that the founders will stay on as consultants and work with us as we continue the journey of PAVC.