CityU VMC – Professional Training

CityU VMC is a high-level Specialty, Emergency and First Opinion Practice providing professional clinical training to several veterinary trainees and professionals. CityU VMC supports or provides the following training:

Undergraduate Training

Clinical skills development of the JCC veterinary students on Clinical Internships

Clinical skills development of SCOPE nursing students on Clinical Internships

Postgraduate Training

Rotating Veterinary Internships

Specialist Residency Programmes

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

In-house staff training for vets and nurses

Continuing professional development (CPD) to Hong Kong and broader Asia vets.

Veterinary Surgeon Board of Hong Kong Training

VSBHK Approved Training Practice for Registration Purposes

 

UNDERGRADUATE TRAINING

Veterinary Clinical Rotations

We assist colleagues from the CityU Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (CityU JCC) in training veterinary undergraduates by providing their clinical skills development through internship rotations at CityU VMC. Here, the students learn to put the didactic component of their training to clinical use properly for the first time: they interact with clients and assist and learn how to consult, examine, and perform procedures on pets under full supervision. At CityU VMC, they are guided to learn the skill and art of becoming a small animal practitioner by registered specialists, ER and first opinion doctors through their anaesthesia, surgery, internal medicine, emergency critical care, diagnostic imaging and first opinion rotations.

Veterinary Nurse Clinical Rotations

We assist colleagues from the CityU SCOPE in providing clinical veterinary nurse rotations. The clinical placements allow the nurses to put their classroom work to practical use. This is essential as veterinary nursing is very hands-on, with a different skill set from veterinarians. The trainees need supervised nursing time with patients to develop the nursing skills they need in practice. The SCOPE course provides fully trained new veterinary nurses, the curriculum recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, who will help raise the patient care standard in Hong Kong. We employ a number of these Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (ADVN) nurses, and they enhance what we do at CityU VMC.

POST-GRADUATE TRAINING

Post-graduate veterinary training is a stage of training where a qualified and registered veterinarian enhances their skill set under the supervision of senior registered veterinary clinicians, commonly by a specialist or consultant in that speciality. There are two types of postgraduate clinical training: internships and residencies. Internships are for junior registered veterinarians and can be rotating (experiencing multiple disciplines) or single service (one speciality only), whereas a residency programme is an advanced post-graduate training which trains the registered veterinarian to become a specialist in a specific veterinary speciality. A residency must follow the guidelines from the subject matter speciality college. This specifies the type and the amount of required training and who can supervise the training. This is to standardise training in the speciality so that a high-level common standard is applied to every trainee. A resident can only gain the specialist title after the 3 or more years of hard work, with successful credential submission and passing of the specialists’ examinations, and after registering their speciality with VSBHK.

CityU VMC Internship Programme

The CityU VMC Internship is a one-year clinical training program emphasising mentorship, direct supervision, and didactic experiences, including rounds, seminars, and formal presentations. It provides practical experience in applying knowledge gained during veterinary school and an opportunity to obtain additional development in the clinical sciences. This will prepare a veterinarian for high-quality service in practice or advanced speciality training. It is a developmental program for the intern. The intern is a Hong Kong Registered veterinarian with a Hong Kong Practicing Certificate.

CityU VMC Residency Programme 

Any CityU VMC Residency will consist of advanced training in a speciality in veterinary medicine. This is intended to lead to speciality certification in a recognised veterinary speciality organisation under the auspices of the American Veterinary Medicine Association’s (AVMA) American Board of Veterinary Specialty (ABVS), the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) or the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). Any resident will be a Hong Kong Registered veterinarian with a Hong Kong Practising Certificate.

European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Residency Programme

CityU VMC is an Approved Standard Training Centre for the European College of Anaesthesia and Analgesia. The Residency Programme to be offered at CityU VMC is a 3–4-year programme set up to fulfil this college's mandated requirements and training. Training includes clinical and academic subjects to ensure the resident(s) can submit acceptable research papers, present findings at anaesthesia-related meetings and submit an excellent anaesthesia and critical-care case log. This work will prepare them for the demanding examinations to be passed to become a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and uphold the high standard of care that a veterinary specialist can offer. Small animal anaesthesia, analgesia, and ICU training will be completed within the VMC. Still, externships have been agreed upon with various Hong Kong and Europe centres to complete those mandatory requirements we cannot fulfil currently at the VMC.

We aim to develop a wide-ranging but secure foundation in basic and advanced anaesthesia and analgesia skillsets using physiology, pharmacology, clinical reasoning, and technology. We will inculcate lifelong curiosity in the field of veterinary care, specifically anaesthesia and analgesia, with independent thought, teamwork, and the ability to question and carefully examine evidence at the fore. This will allow a suitable solution to a problem to be developed whilst understanding possible alternatives and ensuring awareness of potential complications and possible actions should these occur. The program will instil an anaesthesia competency across a wide range of species and disease complexity, including emergency cases in and out-of-hours and build relationships with all team members, from nurses to veterinarians to other specialists within and out-with the practice, including internationally. The emphasis will be on individualised anaesthesia protocols based on the patient’s disease process and clinical findings, including imaging or diagnostic tests, and a strong emphasis on loco-regional or multimodal anaesthesia and analgesia. Many complex and multi-comorbid patients must deal with emergency and routine procedures.

Academic training will include the following:

Statistics Training with Coursera is an online course in bio-medical statistics that equips residents to perform data analysis for scientific publications. The Diplomates will also enrol in this course.

Monthly Journal Club to cover the latest updates, innovations, and studies in veterinary anaesthesia and medical anaesthesia journals for a comparative view. We will also review the Journal of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care to provide additional insight into overall perioperative care.

We have research topics in mind for the resident to pursue research studies for publication, including a comparative analgesia study for staphylectomy in BOAS surgery and potentially one regarding ventilation in an exotic species with Ocean Park.

 

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

In-House Training

We regularly run nurse training within the practice, keeping our nurses' skills and knowledge up to date. Our senior qualified nurses run these and, for certain topics, our specialist veterinarians.  Under the RECOVER guidelines, vets and nurses participate in cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) training. They are also trained in fear-free techniques to minimise stress to patients during their hospital stay.

Veterinary CPD

All our veterinarians, whether specialists, emergency personnel, or first opinion personnel, have CPD plans designed to ensure they meet the mandatory requirements of the VSBHK. Our specialists meet the mandatory requirements of their speciality colleges to maintain their speciality status and high standing, both here in Hong Kong and with their speciality colleges. We are well placed to ensure our veterinarians are up to date with current thoughts, plans, diagnostics and treatments for your pets.

Furthermore, we provide CPD for veterinary surgeons in Hong Kong, and some of our team members also speak at national and international conferences and speciality conferences. Topics dealt with by our team in the last year include heatstroke, snake envenomation, epilepsy (seizures), anaesthesia for cardiac disease patients, dental pathology, and x-rays (x 2 as it was oversubscribed), getting the most of laboratory work (pathology), surgery and anaesthetic approaches to upper airway diseases, geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis, amongst others. We also have a program for the remainder of the year with our new surgeon, neurologist, and ophthalmologist, who are keen to update the Hong Kong veterinary community with the latest information so they can provide better pet care.

VETERINARY SURGEONS BOARD OF HONG KONG (VSBHK) TRAINING

Taiwanese Graduate Clinical Training For Registration Purpose

Certain graduates from Taiwan may apply to CityU VMC for training to attain the standard required for registration as a veterinary surgeon with the VSBHK (see below). CityU VMC is currently the only clinic in Hong Kong chosen by the VSBHK for this purpose in small animal veterinary medicine. Ocean Park was selected to assist with registration training in Zoological Medicine.

 Rule 5(1)(b) of the Rules of the Veterinary Surgeons Board (Registration of Veterinary Surgeons) (the "Registration Rules") stipulates that a person is qualified to be registered as a veterinary surgeon if he holds a qualification listed in Schedule 2 and has successfully completed not less than 6 months clinical training in a designated veterinary practice. At present, a degree of Bachelor or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine granted by the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan (Qualifications conferred before 31 December 2023) with a pass grade in the Qualification Screening Examinations for Professional and Technical Personnel: Veterinarians, Senior and Junior Examinations for Professional and Technical Personnel: Veterinary Personnel, Examinations for Professional and Technical Personnel for Veterinarian or other professional examination acceptable to the Board, is listed therein.