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