The first students from the RVC’s Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing in Hong Kong graduated today, having completed a four-year course run in collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The degree has generally mirrored the RVC’s UK BSc VN programme, ensuring high quality education and training has been delivered, though was also adapted to meet Hong Kong and Asia’s particular needs.
Speaking about the value of the graduates to the region, Jane McNae, RVC veterinary nursing lecturer and co-programme leader, commented: “Veterinary nursing is a very new profession in Hong Kong. Currently we have only around 50 qualified VNs supporting 690 registered vets in 125 practices, along with 1,000 veterinary assistants. Our graduating class of 30 students will definitely impact on the veterinary industry in a positive way.
“Inclusion of core subjects such as Animal Welfare and Veterinary Public Health and elective subjects Animal Physiotherapies & Alternative Therapies and Care of Exotic Pets & Wildlife are what will give our graduates the edge as they start working within Asia’s animal and veterinary community.”
She added: “The support from the veterinary community in Hong Kong and Asia has been fantastic and ensured the success of the programme. Thank you to all our host centres and their mentors, many of whom are RVC alumni, who have mentored the students during their training.”
During the degree, students completed 48 weeks of clinical placement in an array of primary practices, large multi-vet hospitals and referral centres. Students also had opportunities to work in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, zoological and welfare settings in Hong Kong and other areas of Asia, including China and Singapore.