Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine


Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Admission Code 1801
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
Direct Application Places : 20 (Local and Non-Local student places)
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
Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline
30 Mar 2018 (Local & Non-local)
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
General Enquiries
+852 3442 5365



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College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (the “CVMLS”) 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. CVMLS 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

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, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology# in HKDSE, IB, GCE or equivalent.  For 2018 entry, HKDSE Combined Science (Chemistry and Biology OR Chemistry and Physics) will be accepted as meeting the Chemistry pre-requisite.

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 and Chemistry (and Biology from 2020 onwards).

# Biology is a recommended subject for 2018 and 2019 entries, and a compulsory subject from 2020 onwards.


Apply for Admission

Click here to apply.


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 and 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 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

Click here for the complete curriculum structure.


Professional Recognition

CityU is fully engaged with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council in an international accreditation process and was granted a letter of Reasonable Assurance on 9 March 2017. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is actively considering the timing of a formal visit to CityU for accreditation purposes.

Click here for more information about accreditation.