A: An empathy for animals, good communication skills, problem-solving skills, a high level of academic ability, and motivation that is strong enough to see the student through a 6-year programme with a heavy workload.
A: Very rarely because the veterinary courses are all compulsory and highly specific which means that transfer credit is often not possible.
A: Mature age students are eligible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, all applicants must demonstrate that they can meet the pre-requisites of English, chemistry and mathematics.
A: Yes, in subsequent years.
A: In order to graduate, veterinary students from BVM must achieve basic competence in the medicine of horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats and poultry. This is a requirement for accreditation and therefore common to all internationally-accredited veterinary schools. But graduates are free to specialise in whatever species they wish in their career.
A: The characteristics of the spread of diseases through animal populations is studied using mathematical modelling. Secondary-school mathematics is required to understand how mathematical modelling works.
A: High standards of fluency and literacy in English are required by the international veterinary accrediting authorities. Also, the veterinary program is taught in English.
A: Yes, it is an acceptable subject; but it is not a required subject.
A: Veterinary nursing is a profession in its own right and the studies to become a veterinary nurse do not overlap closely with the studies to become a vet or if they do, it is not at the same depth and breadth of study. Hence there would be little if any credit.
A: Vets have two roles in public health. One is to minimise the risk that diseases of animals will transfer into the human population. The other is to assure the safety of animal products such as meat and milk.
A: Government veterinarians are responsible for protecting the animals in a particular jurisdiction from foreign diseases brought in by imported animals or animal products. They are also responsible for ensuring food safety, conducting research and dealing with epidemics that might break out in livestock.
A: As at 30th September 2017, 905 veterinary surgeons were registered in Hong Kong, but some of them live overseas.
A: Yes. Many vets, particularly ones with young children, prefer to work part-time.
A: Most veterinary practices have consultation hours in the evenings and on weekends. Also, emergencies often occur outside of normal business hours. That means that some of the vets in the practice have to be rostered for out-of-hours work. Government vets may also have to deal with out-of-hours emergencies.