Reported to the One Health Initiative website by: Michael Gibb, Senior Manager (Strategic Communications), Institutional Research Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tel: +852 3442 6802/ +852 6643 3487/ Skype: mjcgibb
September 25, 2023 – “I'd like to let you know about an exciting piece of breaking news from Hong Kong concerning accreditation for veterinary training inspired by the One Health initiative.” … “It would be great if your readers could know more about this good news.”
Our vision is to create a centre of excellence in veterinary and biomedical education and research under the One Health paradigm to enhance public health, food safety, animal welfare and help prevent and control infectious diseases in Hong Kong and the region.
“The vet school at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has just earned dual accreditation: from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the UK and from the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC). The news was announced in Hong Kong today at 11am (HK time/ 4am UK time).
It's an exceptional achievement and a huge step forward for veterinary medicine in Asia. CityU is the only vet school in Asia with RCVS and AVBC accreditation. It's all the more remarkable because the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) at CityU was launched only in 2017, and our first crop of vet students will graduate next month.
Our graduates will work with companion animals, aquatics, exotic animals and large animals. They will also research zoonotic diseases, animal welfare and public health under the One Health paradigm.
Helping CityU has been Cornell University's vet school, ranked consistently among the top 5 in the world. As Australian veterinary expert Professor Vanessa Barrs, Dean of CityU's vet school, says, “The combination of dual international accreditation and our strong collaboration with Cornell University demonstrate that the JCC is well on the way to transforming Hong Kong into an international hub for training and research in One Health, especially in animal welfare, aquatic animal health, emerging infectious diseases and food safety.”
Anyone from the UK interested in the BVM programme can apply, and there are loads of research opportunities for postgrads. Vanessa Barrs' area of research is companion animal health and disease, especially feline diseases.”