Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

Dr. Howard WONG

B.A. (Hons), M.A., Vet.M.B. (Cantab), MPVM (UC Davis), MSc (Sustainable Aquaculture) (St. Andrews), CertAqV, MRCVS

Director (Professional Development and Communications)

Director - Centre for Animal Welfare
Contact Information
Address:  Room B, 5/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building, 31 To Yuen Street
City University of Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3442-9008
Fax: +852 3442-0589
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Dr. Howard Wong graduated from the University of Cambridge with degrees in Biological Anthropology and Veterinary Medicine. He went on to complete a Master's degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis, College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences in the United States and a MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture from the University of St. Andrews. He is also a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian (CertAqV) from the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Wong worked for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Hong Kong Government from 1996 until 2011 with short stints in the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Food and Health Bureau and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. During that time he had responsibility for the regulation of livestock farms in Hong Kong, including animal health issues and the licensing of livestock farms. He has also had responsibility for the import and export of live animals, local slaughterhouses and the control of drug residues in livestock. From 2001-2005, Dr. Wong ran the avian influenza prevention programme on local poultry farms that included the introduction of vaccination for avian influenza and biosecurity measures on local farms. He was also placed in charge of the avian influenza depopulation exercises in 2001 and 2002 during the outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza.

From 2005-2007, Dr. Wong was head of the Veterinary Public Health Section in the Centre for Food Safety.. His responsibilities included the import of foods of animal origin, the inspection of Mainland livestock farms and overseas food production facilities, local slaughterhouses, export certification for foods of animal origin from Hong Kong and a review of the regulation of aquatic products and seafood in Hong Kong. In 2007 Dr. Wong worked for the Food and Health Bureau and was responsible for drafting the blueprint for a new Food Safety Law in Hong Kong.

From August 2007 to January 2011, Dr. Wong was the senior veterinarian at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens where he oversees the health of several animal and bird collections under the purview of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

In 2011 Dr. Wong was appointed the first Principal Veterinary Officer in the Hong Kong Government and charged with responsibility for the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory service, the Animal Management Division (including the establishment of cattle teams to control the population of wild cattle and buffalo), animal welfare issues as well as the livestock farm division and the management of avian influenza.

In October 2012 Dr. Wong joined City University as the Executive Director of Life Sciences Programmes (later to become the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences). He is currently tasked with the job of planning, building and implementing various aspects of the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences including a diagnostic service, a production animal facility, a Centre for Aquaculture Research and continuous professional education programmes as well as the development of the undergraduate veterinary degree.