Covid-19 Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine Students 

Current arrangements for inbound travellers  

With effect from 0.00am on March 25, 2020, tentatively for 14 days:  
Hong Kong residents, including students with a valid student visa and Hong Kong ID card, arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any other overseas countries or areas in the past 14 days will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine.  

Accommodation arrangement during the 14-day compulsory quarantine 

If you do not have access to suitable accommodation and meals during the 14-day compulsory quarantine period, accommodation can be arranged for all returning BVM students.  

Please contact Ms Howsie Yiu (  for further information regarding accommodation during the 14-day quarantine period.


At this stage pre-EMS is scheduled to go ahead on 18th May in Hong Kong. This is a two-week intensive animal handling practical course designed to ensure you are confident and competent to handle animals during your EMS placements.

We understand that the situation with COVID-19 is dynamic and these arrangements are subject to change. We will keep you informed of any changes to these arrangements. If you have any concerns please contact the Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Affairs, Professor Vanessa Barrs

Cornell Husbandry EMS

The 5-week Husbandry EMS program at Cornell unfortunately has been cancelled. Instead this 5-week course will be rescheduled for the summer of 2020.

Husbandry EMS

At this stage EMS placements in Hong-Kong are scheduled to proceed as planned. Depending on government orders about COVID-19, if safe we will try to schedule some additional EMS placements in Hong-Kong, e.g. cat/ dog, equine and aquatic placements, to make up for the cancelled EMS at Cornell University in May 2020 and to minimise the amount of EMS left to do next summer. However, the situation with COVID-19 is dynamic this is subject to change, and it is possible that some or all EMS activities may have to be cancelled. We will keep you closely informed of any changes to the schedule of EMS activities for 2020.

All overseas EMS placements, including ones to Pure Source Dairy have been cancelled. There will be the opportunity to attend Pure Source Dairy for clinical EMS in the future.

If you are unable to return to Hong Kong in May 2020 and EMS placements in Hong Kong are going ahead, if permitted under COVID-19 restrictions in the country in which you are currently residing, you can attend EMS placements of a similar type in your own country. These self-arranged placements will need to be approved by the EMS Coordinator to ensure they are suitable. Examples would include cat and dog shelters, equestrian facilities, livestock farms, aquatic farms or aquariums. Please contact the EMS Coordinator for more information.

Clinical EMS

All Hong Kong based Clinical EMS activities are scheduled to proceed as planned. However, the situation with COVID-19 is dynamic one and subject to change. We will monitor the situation carefully and let you know of any changes in the arrangements.

The Cornell Summer Research program has been cancelled and there will be an opportunity to apply again next year.

If you are unable to return to Hong Kong in May 2020 and EMS placements in Hong Kong are going ahead, if permitted under COVID-19 restrictions in the country you are currently residing, you can complete your EMS in your home country. Examples would include small animal veterinary clinics, large animal veterinary clinics, equine veterinary clinics. Please contact the EMS Coordinator for more information and for approval of any self-arranged placements.

Final examinations will be conducted online during the period from 4 to 16 May 2020. The examination timetable is available HERE.

The option to apply for a change from letter grading to pass/fail grading for up to 6 credit units of courses taken in Semester B 2019/20 does not apply to the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine Programme.

General health advice
  • Frequently Asked Questions on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

  • If you feel unwell
    If you experience symptoms of coronavirus, which include a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath isolate yourself from others, stay at home and consult a doctor promptly.
    Young Chung Yee Health Centre Medical Clinic, Telephone number: 3442 6066 

Things you can do to support yourself

CityU Counselling Service 

The CityU Counselling Service is available through telephone or email counselling.  (This is a temporary operation to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. Face-to-face counselling will be arranged whenever appropriate.) 

Please call 3442 8035 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during weekdays to talk with the counsellor on duty. 

Alternatively, you can also send a counselling request by leaving your contact information by email:  

For non-office-hour counselling service on weekdays after 5:30 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, please call 5117 7807. 

More information: CityU Counselling Service 

More information 

In emergency situations, staff and students who need assistance should call the CityU 24-hour emergency hotline: 3442 8888. 

Non-local students or students who are currently overseas can contact the Global Engagement Office (GEO) ( for enquiries. 

Please also pay attention to the latest updates from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU):

Self-Help Resources:

Latest news and announcement about Covid-19 from the Hong Kong government: