Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine


Academic Year of Entry 2022/23
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1801
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
Mode of Study Full time
Minimum No. of Credits Required 243 credit units
Normal Duration of Programme Six years
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Admissions Tutor
Prof Olivier SPARAGANO
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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.

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.

Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

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

Qualifications Minimum Entrance Requirements
JUPAS – HKDSE (JS1801) •  Level 5 or above in English Language;
•  Level 3 or above in Chinese Language;
•  Level 3 or above in Mathematics;
•  Level 3 or above in Liberal Studies;
•  Level 3 or above in Biology; and
•  Level 3 or above in Chemistry

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 organisation (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.

Assessment of Applications and Competitive Scores

The main JUPAS admission score is calculated based on the best six subjects (which must include English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry in accordance with the entry requirement subjects).

In previous years, successful applicants had typically achieved HKDSE scores of 32 or higher. As competition varies from year to year, this information serves only as a reference.

Click here for more information about entrance requirements.

Selection Process

Academic Score:
Applicants will be shortlisted based on their Academic Score.
This is calculated from their final HKDSE results for the pre-requisite subjects (English, Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry).

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.