Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Admission Code 1801
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
Mode of Study Full time
Minimum No. of Credits Required 252 credit units
Normal Duration of Programme 6 years
Programme Website Click here to open
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Indicative Intake Target
10 to 15 (Local and Non-Local student places)
Programme Leader
Prof Michael REICHEL
Dean and Chair Professor
Veterinarian, PhD, FACVSc, FRCVS
Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health Specialist
Deputy Programme Leader
Prof Shuk Han CHENG
Associate Dean and Chair Professor
Admissions Tutor
Dr Philip STOTT
Veterinarian and Associate Professor
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College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

In 2017, CityU strategically integrated the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Sciences to establish the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (the “College”). The College provides an expanded platform to enhance collaboration and synergy between the disciplines of life sciences and veterinary medicine at CityU to pursue excellence and innovation to benefit society, particularly in the prevention of infectious diseases, the study of physiological and pathological processes, and the development of veterinary and human disease diagnostics and therapeutics for improving quality of life.

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.


Admission Arrangements

For the 2017 intake, applications must be made directly to CityU. Applicants will apply for admission to first-year studies in the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme.

Advanced standing entry will not be considered.


Entrance Requirements

Graduates must be able to meet the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council’s (AVBC) standards and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s (RCVS) competencies to be able to practise as veterinarians. Applicants need to be aware of these standards and competencies before applying for admission to the BVM. Click here to access the AVBC standards and here to access the RCVS competencies. Click here for more information about the requirements derived from these standards and competencies.

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, Chemistry and Mathematics (in HKDSE, IB, GCE or equivalent). Study of biology would be an advantage, and also Physics if possible. For the 2017 and 2018 entries, HKDSE Combined Science (Chemistry and Biology OR Chemistry and Physics) will be accepted as meeting the Chemistry pre-requisite.

Mainland Non-Gao Kao 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 chemistry and mathematics 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 age persons or school students with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, applicants will need to be able to demonstrate high levels of competence in English, chemistry and mathematics.


Key Dates

For the key dates of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme, click here.


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 or the European Union.


Curriculum

The 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 veterinary medicine programme
  • To meet the accreditation standards set by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council
  • 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

Click here for the complete curriculum structure.


Professional Recognition

CityU is fully engaged with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council in an international accreditation process.

Click here for more information about accreditation.