International Programme Accreditation
City University of Hong Kong is engaged in a process with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC, https://avbc.asn.au/veterinary-education) to gain international accreditation of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. The Programme was granted “Provisional Accreditation” by AVBC after admission of the first cohort of BVM students in September 2017. This accreditation status is ongoing subject to further yearly assessments by the AVBC. The BVM programme will be eligible to be assessed for full accreditation in 2023, when the leading cohort graduates.
CityU is also engaged with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS, https://www.rcvs.org.uk/setting-standards/accrediting-primary-qualifications/accrediting-veterinary-degrees) in a process to achieve RCVS accreditation for the BVM programme, and a full assessment by RCVS will be undertaken, also in 2023 when the leading cohort graduates.
Individual graduates need to fulfil the registration requirements of any relevant professional bodies, which can include certain minimum fitness to practice standards relating to medical or physical conditions, conduct or competence issues, disciplinary findings, convictions, language skills, etc.
Information about registering as a veterinary surgeon in Hong Kong is available on the website of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong: https://vsbhk.org.hk.
China's Ministry of Agriculture will also allow veterinary graduates who are Chinese nationals and are registered in Hong Kong or Macau to sit the Chinese National Veterinary Licensing Examination.
Fitness to Practice
Students are expected to follow the broad principles of fitness to practise as set out in the RCVS Fitness to Practice Guide: https://www.rcvs.org.uk/news-and-views/publications/fitness-to-practise-a-guide-for-uk-veterinary-schools-and/.
The Dean of the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences may be required to inform the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong of any substantiated case of major misconduct by a BVM student at the time of the student's graduation.