Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine


Academic Year of Entry 2022/23
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1801
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
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Normal Duration of Programme 6 years
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Admissions Tutor
Prof Olivier SPARAGANO
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8948
Remark: For JUPAS applicants, the programme code is JS1801

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Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences offers a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) programme modelled on the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programme at Cornell University.  

City University of Hong Kong is engaged in a process with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC, to gain international accreditation of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. The Programme was granted “Provisional Accreditation” by AVBC after admission of the first cohort of BVM students in September 2017. This accreditation status is ongoing subject to further yearly assessments by the AVBC. The BVM programme will be eligible to be assessed for full accreditation in 2023, when the leading cohort graduates.

CityU is also engaged with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS, in a process to achieve RCVS accreditation for the BVM programme, and a full assessment by RCVS will be undertaken, also in 2023 when the leading cohort graduates.

Our vision is to become a centre of excellence in veterinary medicine and life sciences education and research, and to be one of the 20 leading veterinary schools in the world within the next 20 years. Our BVM programme caters for the needs of the region, with particular emphasis on emerging infectious diseases, food safety, animal welfare and aquatic animal health.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

In addition to the University General Entrance Requirements, applicants must satisfy the following BVM-specific entrance requirements to be considered for admission.

High levels of achievement in English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology in IB, GCE or equivalent are required.

Mainland Chinese National University Entrance Examination (NUEE) applicants are required to select the natural-science-oriented area (理科倾向) of the Gaokao exam, and Gaokao results must reach Band 11 cut-off line with English score 135 (out of 150) or above.

Other international qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • Grade C in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology at GCE A-level (or A2) or International A-level; and
  • Grade 6 (Grade B in old GCSE) in GCSE/GCEOL English Language or English Literature; or
  • Grade 6 (Grade B in old IGCSE) in IGCSE English First Language, English Language or English Literature; or
  • Grade 7 (Grade A in old IGCSE) in IGCSE English as a Second Language. 
  • Grade 5 in English HL OR Grade 6 in English SL; and
  • Grade 4 Mathematics HL OR Grade 5 in Mathematics SL; and
  • Grade 4 in Chemistry HL and Biology HL.

The English subject may be a Group 1, ‘Language A: Literature’ or ‘Language A: Language and literature’ subject; or a Group 2 ‘Language B’ subject but not ‘Language ab initio’.

An alternative to GCE/GCSE English or IB English is a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (Internet-based test) or an overall IELTS score of 7.

Applications by graduates and current students completing a degree programme at a university in Hong Kong or overseas will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate competencies in English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry to levels equivalent to those specified above.

Non-Academic Criteria

i) Applicants are requested to provide a Letter of Accomplishment demonstrating completion of a total of two weeks of relevant work experience and animal handling experience at a veterinary clinic or other animal care organization (such as animal shelter, zoo or farm).
ii) Applicants are requested to submit an Applicant Statement of 800 words describing their interests in animals and the veterinary profession, reflection on their relevant (volunteer) work experience, personal achievements, and aspirations for studying veterinary medicine.

Competitive Scores

Because competition for places varies from year to year, the competitive scores for previous years should only be used as a guide. Consideration will also be given to other factors, such as the applicant statement and English proficiency.

  Indicative scores / grades
IB ≥ 40
GCE - AL/IAL Three Grade A or above in the pre-requisite subjects (English, Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry)

For the admission timeline of the BVM programme, click here.

Selection Process

Academic Score:
Applicants will be shortlisted based on their Academic Score.
This is calculated from the latest academic results for the pre-requisite subjects (English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry) available at the time of the application. These are predicted scores for final-year secondary school applicants. For tertiary student applicants, this is the latest overall grade point average (GPA) available at the time of application, also taking into consideration whether or not their degree course is related to veterinary medicine. Priority will be given to applicants transferring from veterinary or closely veterinary-related courses (such as medicine or animal science).

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an admission interview. The interview is intended to explore the applicant’s motivation for studying veterinary medicine at City University.

Admission Score:
Applicants are ranked based on their combined academic and interview performance and offers will be made to the highest-ranking applicants until the intake quota is filled.

Curriculum Structure

The BVM is a six-year programme jointly developed with our partner, The College of Veterinary Medicine of Cornell University. It is designed to train professionally competent veterinarians in accordance with the international accreditation standards of the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). At graduation, students will have fulfilled the Day One Competences of the AVBC, RCVS and OIE and will be confident and competent to practice.

The first two years of the programme focus on biomedical and pre-clinical disciplines that will equip students with the knowledge and understanding required to embark on the para-clinical and clinical curriculum taught in Years Three to Six of the BVM.

During Years One and Two, students will become confident in understanding and assessing the normal behaviour of a range of different species and in handling them for health assessments and clinical examinations. Years Three and Four incorporate problem-based learning to deliver key paraclinical courses, including the Animal Body, Function and Dysfunction and Host, Agent and Defence. In Years Five and Six, students learn about diseases and preventive health care of a wide range of animal species, apply evidence-based medicine skills to conduct research and apply and practise their clinical skills in a variety of different settings, e.g., clinical practices as well as abattoirs, laboratories, or government veterinary services.

The six-year curriculum emphasises both clinical practice and the science that underlies it, ensuring that BVM students develop into well-rounded veterinarians omnicompetent to provide veterinary care to multiple animal species, including companion animals (cats, dogs, horses), exotics and wildlife, marine and freshwater species and livestock.

The four BVM themes, comprising animal welfare, aquatic animal health, emerging infectious diseases, and food safety, are introduced from Day 1 of the BVM programme.

The completion of some components of the curriculum may require students to spend time at facilities outside of Hong Kong, including in mainland China.

For more information about the BVM (including more details about courses and workload), click here or visit the BVM website.

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