In Hong Kong, more and more people prefer keeping pets to raising their own children. Therefore, the outlook of industries related to pets, such as pet care and veterinary medicine, is quite promising. Taking the relevant courses in Australia and the United Kingdom will cost millions of HKD for tuition and living expenses, which is unaffordable for many people. Fortunately, the first ever undergraduate Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) programme in Hong Kong was launched by City University of Hong Kong (CityU). The University Grants Committee (UGC) also supports CityU to arrange a 6-year BVM program as a publicly-funded programme.
Moreover, the tuition fee of veterinary courses in Taiwan is relatively lower, programme and accommodation fee for one semester only costs about HK$10,000. In addition, Taiwan is also closer to Hong Kong in terms of its culture and language, and the universities there always take extra care of non-local students. Students who are interested in veterinary medicine can consider pursuing their studies in Taiwan.
However, some students who have completed their veterinarian courses in Taiwan said that the related course is divided into two streams, namely a program for pets and a program for economic crops. The veterinary subjects taught in Taiwan mostly focus on the care of pets and they do not place much emphasis on economic crops, such as cows, horses, pigs and more. Students should have a better understanding of his or her interests before they select the courses, and Hong Kong’s employers tend to prefer hiring those graduated from European and American universities. Therefore, students should also consider whether they need to further their studies in Europe or the United States in the future.