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University Announcement: City University of Hong Kong Animal Clinic Project 香港城市大學動物診所工程 2018-11-19

 City University of Hong Kong Animal Clinic Project


Dear colleagues, students and alumni,

Recent media coverage of CityU's Animal Clinic Project has contained some inaccuracies.

 

CityU acquired the space at the Trinity Tower shopping centre before we considered to initiate the accreditation process for the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) programme by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC). The reason for relocating the Peace Avenue Veterinary Clinic (PAVC) to the more spacious site at the Trinity Tower shopping centre is to enhance the quality and specialist consultation services rather than, as reported in the media, due to any assessment by AVBC on the PAVC meeting its accreditation requirements.
 

CityU's Animal Clinic will provide a range of consultation services for small/companion animals. It will be operated as a business unit and not as an animal teaching hospital, which stands in full compliance with the land grant requirements. Therefore, there is no need to apply for an amendment from the Government. Like many other animal clinics of comparable scale in Hong Kong, the Clinic will provide internship opportunities for students on the veterinary medicine programmes.
 
CityU has established procedures and professional teams to monitor project costs and progress at the Trinity Tower shopping centre prudently. In accordance with the initial plan, the Clinic project will be completed in the first quarter of 2019. The PAVC will be relocated as scheduled in the second quarter of 2019.
 
Regarding arrangements for the internship opportunities for veterinary medicine students, according to the design of the BVM programme, which has been endorsed by AVBC, the first cohort of students will begin their internships in the fifth year of the programme (i.e. 2021). Therefore, student internships will not be affected, and students will not have to practice at an animal hospital in Australia.
 
Accreditation of CityU’s BVM programme is progressing nicely. As part of this process, AVBC will visit CityU again in 2019 to ensure that the programme and the facilities meet international standards.
 
Recent media coverage has also alleged that CityU asked employees to "report only the good news and avoid mentioning the bad". The University has never asked any employee to report in such manner, let alone used such a demand as grounds for dismissal. The University has an established employment system for holistically assessing the performance of its employees.

 

CityU deeply regrets the false allegations made in the media report.
 

 
Professor Alex Jen
Provost
19 November 2018
 

 

香港城市大學動物診所工程

 

各位同事、同學及校友:

 

就近日有傳媒報導香港城市大學 (城大) 動物診所工程一事,內容有不實之處。
 
城大購入丰匯商場,早於向澳新獸醫管理局理事會(AVBC) 開展獸醫學學士課程認證。大學把太平道寵物診所搬遷到面積更大的丰匯商場城大動物診所,是爲了加强專科診症服務, 而不是因為AVBC認爲太平道寵物診所未能符合其認證要求。
 
城大動物診所提供一般小型動物診症服務,診所完全以商業模式運作,並不是獸醫教學醫院,用途符合地契規定,故此無須向政府提交任何修訂用途的申請。與香港其他具規模的動物診所一樣,城大診所亦會為動物醫學課程學員提供實習機會。
 
大學有既定程序及專業團隊嚴格監管所有工程支出和進度。城大在丰匯商場的診所工程,按計劃於明年第一季完成,太平道寵物診所亦會如期於明年第二季內完成搬遷。
 
至於獸醫課程學生的實習安排,根據城大獸醫學學士課程設計,現時在城大就讀的學生在課程第五年 (即2021年) 才會進行臨床實習培訓,這樣的課程安排亦獲AVBC 認可,因此不會出現學生實習受阻的情況,學生亦毋須到澳洲的動物醫院實習。
 
事實上,城大獸醫學學士課程認證評審進度良好,AVBC亦會於明年再到城大進行認證考察,確保動物醫學院獸醫課程及設施發展均達國際認證標準。
 
該報導亦指稱城大要求員工「報喜不報憂」,城大澄清從沒有要求任何員工「報喜不報憂」,更遑論以此作為解僱理由。大學有既定人事聘任機制,對員工的表現作整體評估。對有關報導的失實指控,城大深表遺憾。

 

任廣禹教授
學務副校長

2018年11月19日

 
 




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