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The first Graduation Gala of CityU’s Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) was held on 28 October. With the recent attainment of direct accreditation from both the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), all 11 BVM graduates of the leading cohort completed registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong and obtained their license to practise as veterinary surgeons.

Dr Chung Shui-ming, CityU Pro-Chancellor, presided over the Graduation Gala. Mr Lester Garson Huang, Council Chairman of CityU, Professor Freddy Boey Yin Chiang, CityU President, Mr Charles Chin Ying-on, Council Treasurer, Professor Vanessa Barrs, Dean of the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC), and Professor Lorin Warnick, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, together with faculty members of the JCC, joined the platform party of the Graduation Gala.

The ceremony was attended by over 200 guests, including Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Former Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Professor Way Kuo, Emeritus President of CityU, Dr Esther To Man-wai and Mr John Lau Hon-kit, VSB Board Members, and friends and family members of the graduates.

After leading the BVM graduates in reciting the Veterinarian’s Oath, Professor Barrs announced that with the approval of the VSB, all 11 graduates are registered as Veterinary Surgeons in Hong Kong.

CityU’s veterinary expertise is developing rapidly. In addition to CityU Farm, a centre of dairy excellence, which opened in 2022, the new Jockey Club One Health Tower will provide state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities for the JCC.

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