Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

General

Program Description

Veterinary Medicine

  • Major: Veterinary Medicine
  • Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Offering Academic Unit: Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Mode of Study: Full-time

Overview

The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences offers the first veterinary programme in Asia modelled on DVM lines that aspires to international programme accreditation, with a vision to raise the standard of animal health care and the teaching of the veterinary discipline in the region. The goal is "to be the premier provider of comprehensive, evidence-based veterinary training, research and service in Asia, with particular emphasis on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Aquatic Animal Health."

Aims of Major

CityU’s Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC) in collaboration with Cornell University, strives to be the premier provider of comprehensive, evidence-based veterinary training, research and service in Asia, with particular emphasis on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Aquatic Production.

JCC aims to train veterinarians that fulfil the Day One competencies as stipulated by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and adopted by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC). As a college that strives to be a premier provider of veterinary research, training and service in Asia, JCC is also committed to attaining the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Day One competencies (OIE Recommendations on the Competencies of graduating veterinarians (‘Day One graduates’)).

Each competency is related to a course learning objective present in the courses of the curriculum which will be mapped against the RCVS Day One competencies. Thus it will not be possible for a student to graduate who has exceeded the pass mark for the course by being very proficient at one aspect but at the same time scoring a very low mark for an aspect directly linked to a Day One competency. To graduate, a student must not only exceed the pass mark for a particular course but also achieve Day One competency in the skills and attributes associated with that course.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

  • Have an understanding of the scientific principles underlying veterinary medicine.
  • Acquire the basic clinical skills and attitudes necessary to care for the common domestic animals and other species entrusted to our stewardship.
  • Acquire critical thinking as evidenced by successful problem-solving.
  • Demonstrate sound clinical judgment and medical decision-making skills.
  • Show an understanding of the interactions among animals, people, and the environment.
  • Display a commitment to professionalism, including a commitment to animal welfare and to following the best practices in relation to ethical, cultural, global, business management, and legal issues.
  • Subscribe to the need for self-education and lifelong learning skills to promote professional growth.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the limits of one’s knowledge and skills and the ability to address those limits through effective use of sources of information and expertise.
  • Satisfy a series of Day one competencies.
  • Have particular knowledge and understanding of the issues related to Emerging Infectious Diseases, Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Aquatic Production.

Degree Requirements

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Professional Recognition

The City University of Hong Kong is engaged in a process with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) leading towards international accreditation of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. The Programme was granted "Provisional Accreditation" after the admission of the first cohort of BVM students in September 2017. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons will be engaged in the accreditation process under their reciprocal recognition agreement with the AVBC.

Graduates of accredited schools are expected to be eligible to work as veterinarians in the jurisdictions that recognise these particular accrediting authorities. China's Ministry of Agriculture will allow veterinary graduates who are Chinese nationals and are registered in Hong Kong or Macau to sit the Chinese National Veterinary Licensing Examination.

Additional Information

There are also curricular milestones. These are compulsory requirements, not affiliated with particular courses, that must be satisfactorily completed before a student can advance in the programme. These are:

  • An International English Language Testing System overall band score of 7 and 7 in each category prior to commencing the third year of the programme.
  • The satisfactory completion of Pre-EMS Animal Handling Skills (course code: VM1001) prior to commencing Animal Husbandry Extra-mural Studies (EMS).
  • The satisfactory completion of 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry EMS (course code: VM1002) during the Summer Terms and/or teaching breaks prior to commencing the third year of the programme.
  • The satisfactory completion of 26 weeks of Clinical EMS (course code: VM1003) during the Summer Terms and/or teaching breaks prior to graduation.
  • The satisfactory completion of a register of veterinary skills prior to graduation.

Number of Credits

The number of credit units required to complete the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme is 252 credit units. These are distributed through 12 semesters (i.e. 6 years) each of 21 credit units. The maximum study period is 8 years. The requirements of international accreditation and the study themes tailored for the Asian veterinary environment mean that all students study the same courses constituting the 252-credit-unit programme. Although it is not required for graduation, students can choose to undertake additional studies up to a maximum credit limit of 273 units.

There are also curricular milestones. These are compulsory requirements, not affiliated with particular courses, that must be satisfactorily completed before a student can advance in the programme. These are:

  • An International English Language Testing System overall band score of 7 and 7 in each category prior to commencing the third year of the programme.
  • The satisfactory completion of Pre-EMS Animal Handling Skills (VM 1001 Pre-EMS Animal Handling Skills) prior to commencing Animal Husbandry Extra-mural Studies (EMS).
  • The satisfactory completion of 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry EMS (VM 1002 Animal Husbandry Extra-mural Studies) during the Summer Terms and/ or teaching breaks prior to commencing the third year of the programme.
  • The satisfactory completion of 26 weeks of Clinical EMS (VM 1003 Clinical Extra-mural Studies) during the Summer Terms and/or teaching breaks prior to graduation.
  • The satisfactory completion of a register of veterinary skills prior to graduation.

Curriculum

The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences aims to train veterinarians who fulfil the Day 1 competencies as stipulated by the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and adopted by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. The competencies are expressed as objectives in the courses that comprise the curriculum. To succeed in the programme, students must focus on obtaining the competencies, not merely passing the courses. High levels of achievement in several competencies cannot compensate for inadequate achievement in another competency.

The curriculum was designed with five objectives:

  • To include the curriculum of the four-year Cornell University veterinary medicine programme.
  • To include the pre-requisites of the Cornell University veterinary medicine programme.
  • To meet the accreditation standards set by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
  • To meet CityU's Gateway Education requirements.
  • To include courses of particular relevance to East, South-east and South Asia arranged in themes:
    • Animal Welfare
    • Aquatic Production
    • Emerging Infectious Diseases
    • Food Safety

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Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Year of Entry: 2020
  • Mode of Funding: Government-funded
  • Admission Code: 1801 Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Mode of Study: Full-time
  • Indicative Intake Target (subject to change): JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places: About 30
  • Normal Duration of Programme: 6 years
  • Direct/ Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 2 January 2020 (Local & Non-local)

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Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (“JCC”) is established by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) in collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. The latter is one of the top two veterinary colleges in the world. JCC is on track to becoming the first internationally recognised veterinary college in Asia and to produce graduates who are qualified to work in all developed economies in the world.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) major is delivered over six years of intensive study and emphasises the acquisition and development of the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council’s standards and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s competencies. The BVM major inculcates professional attitudes and provides the theoretical and practical skills required to commence work as a veterinary surgeon in private practice, public health or government service.

Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and BVM programme-specific entrance requirements.

The BVM programme-specific requirements are high levels of achievement in English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology# in HKDSE, IB, GCE or equivalent.

Mainland Non-Gaokao applicants and international applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate high levels of competence in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology# and a TOFEL score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS overall band score of 7 and 7 in each category.

Applications from mature students or school students with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, applicants will need to demonstrate high levels of competence in English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology#.

# Biology is a recommended subject for 2019 entry, and a compulsory subject from 2020 onwards.

Our Staff

Most of the academic staff members teaching the BVM are veterinary graduates. Most of the veterinarians have a research PhD and many also have qualifications as veterinary specialists awarded by specialist boards in the United States, Australasia, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

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