Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

5/F, Block 1B To Yuen Building, 31 To Yuen Street, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AND LIFE SCIENCE

Vision & Aspirations

The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC) embraces the life sciences initiatives of City University of Hong Kong under the “One Health” concept with a vision to create a centre of excellence in veterinary and biomedical education and research to enhance public health, food safety, animal welfare and help prevent and control infectious diseases in Hong Kong and the region.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme (BVM), the first and only such programme in Hong Kong, is part of our One Health offerings and is preparing the new graduates for a career in the broad range of disciplines that make the veterinary profession such an exciting and rewarding career, with particular emphasis on training and research in food safety, emerging infectious diseases, animal welfare and aquatic animal health. This undergraduate degree is being developed and coordinated with the assistance of Cornell University, one of the premier veterinary schools in the world. In collaboration with Cornell, we have also been offering an interdisciplinary PhD research degree that is giving up to 30 postgraduate students the opportunity to spend time in Cornell labs.

The Department of Biomedical Sciences offers two bachelor level degree offerings that prepare new professionals to make a contribution to Hong Kong society in a variety of ways. Their very active postgraduate research programme offers over 150 students the opportunity for cutting edge research training in areas such as cancer biology, stem cell research, nano medicine and neurosciences.

We believe that with our continued collaboration with Cornell University we will be in a position to deliver one of the top twenty veterinary programmes in the next few years, our "20/20" vision, and will be able to have significant impact in research, learning and teaching for the benefit of all our students of veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences, and hence, make a difference to the local community and the Region.

Strategic Partnership

One of the great strengths of CityU's JCC is its collaboration with Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), one of the most prestigious veterinary schools in the world. CVM is closely involved in the design of the curriculum, facilities and recruitment of teaching faculty. Cornell will also be responsible for quality assurance, and there will be opportunities for student attachments in Cornell and other sites in the US.

In addition, Cornell will ensure that JCC's curriculum and facilities meet the accreditation standards of the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Accreditation will not only prepare graduates to work in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia, but also to sit the qualifying examinations in Mainland China, and the United States.

Preventing and tackling emerging zoonotic diseases

It is widely recognised that the majority of infectious diseases affecting humans originate from wild and domestic animal populations and are a major threat to public health. This means that veterinary expertise is required to more effectively reduce the risk of such transmissions, particularly in an increasingly connected and urbanised world where any newly introduced infections will be able to transmit more effectively than in the past.  The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine & Life Sciences (JCC) fills an important gap through complementing Hong Kong’s existing strengths in medical education and research, when trying to protect the health of the city’s population.

The College’s approach to veterinary education and research is based on One Health interdisciplinary principles, thereby acknowledging the need to integrate human, animal and environmental health to more effectively protect our planet, and everyone living on it. Understanding their epidemiology and pathogenesis, as well as the host-pathogens interaction and specific immune response to eradicate pathogens are of particular importance in preventing their dissemination. This means that CityU also recognises that veterinary education and biomedical research cannot stand on its own, but instead contributes an essential, and previously missing, dimension to protecting Hong Kong from new and emerging infectious diseases.

Promoting aquatic animal health

Aquaculture is an important source of food, nutrition, and income for hundreds of millions of people around the world. World aquaculture production now provides over 50% of all fish for human consumption, and China has played a major role in this growth, as it represents more than 60% of global aquaculture production.

Being geographically located in the centre of the global aquaculture industry presents Hong Kong with a unique opportunity to collaborate with this industry and the JCC has placed aquatic animal health as one of its core subjects for its BVM curriculum.  Training veterinarians in aquatic animal veterinary medicine is at the heart of its mission. Students will have ample exposure and training in aquatic animal health so that the next generation of veterinarians can aid farmers in disease diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment regimes. 

The mission of the College’s aquatic animal health initiative is to promote, expand and support the aquaculture industry in Hong Kong and the Region, and increase the productivity, innovation and profitability of aquaculture operations, whilst respecting sustainability, promoting good practice and improving aquatic animal health

Enhancing animal welfare

The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences of City University recognises that the welfare of animals and the promotion of animal wellbeing are central not only to the vocation of those who enter into the veterinary profession and the para-professions in animal healthcare but to the community at large. The mission of the Centre for Animal Welfare is to support the development of Hong Kong as a leader in promoting animal welfare to enhance animal and human well‐being through scientific research, public education and community outreach programmes. Animal welfare is also a core component of the One Health paradigm, and a critical component essential for improving human and animal health. Enhancing sustainability and public health in Hong Kong and the region requires educating the community to appreciate that humans, animals and the environment are inextricably linked and that many of the answers to questions about sustainability and public health require collaborative actions by the government, professionals, NGOs and the community at large to realize the One Health goals.

The Centre of Animal Health and Welfare (CAHW) was established to achieve these goals.  In addition to ensuring that students of the College gain a well-grounded understanding of animal welfare; from the original historical origins of man caring for animals, to the present day’s rapid development of animal welfare science, the College also considers the Centre has a central and strategic role to improve the animal welfare knowledge base of communities in the region.

Improving food safety

Human and animal health are intricately intertwined and food security and food safety is a critical part of any veterinary curriculum. Veterinarians are involved in all aspects of food safety ranging from monitoring of livestock farms, wet markets, control of slaughter and processing of animal products to importation and distribution of products of animal origin as well as risk assessment and communication.

As an integral component of the One Health concept, food safety will be at the forefront of the College’s educational and research activities. This will guarantee that current and future veterinarians will be equipped with the necessary expertise to assure excellent food safety and quality through integrated, multidisciplinary approaches involving the entire food chain. Furthermore, the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences aims to develop into a regional leader in knowledge dissemination in this part of the world that frequently experiences significant challenges related to food safety and security.

Neuroscience

The neuroscience group in the Department of Biomedical Sciences ranges from the molecular, cellular, circuit, and systems neurosciences to cognitive and translational neurosciences. Our faculty members work on the auditory, visual, olfactory, sensory, and motor systems, using different methodologies, such as functional anatomy, electrophysiology, optogenetics, pharmacology and behavior. Some of the research goals include; characterization of chronic pain associated synaptic metaplasticity and brain network desynchrony that lead to emotional and cognitive disturbances; understanding how sensory processing interpret auditory inputs to the brain are transformed to underpin subjective perception of sound; understanding physiological functions of circadian clocks in the central nervous system; understanding the mechanisms underlying photoreceptor degeneration of eye diseases, including high myopia and glaucoma and understanding the basic mechanism of learning and memory.  We hope to translate our basic research discoveries into drug development for the above mentioned neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Regenerative Medicine

The use of stem cells, therapeutic molecules, or biomaterials to regenerate or repair tissue/organ has the promise to revolutionize how human diseases are treated in the future. Our faculty mainly focus on three research areas: cardiovascular regeneration, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system repair, and stem cell/tissue engineering. Together, our faculty and students aim to understand the fundamental mechanism of tissue/organ repair and to develop novel stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Our regenerative medicine research at BMS is highly applicable and translational. We focus on developing gene-based regenerative medicine, stem cell technology, cell engineering, genome editing, and biomaterials for various therapeutic purposes.

Novel Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Many diseases are rooted in genetic defects or invades of external genetic materials, be it in human and in animals. We integrate and develop advanced molecular technologies to precisely and efficiently pinpoint genetic abnormalities for a variety of diseases across One Health. Research in molecular diagnostics is at the global forefront development with innovation spinoffs impacting the society, such as in the areas of advanced cancer diagnosis and pharmacogenetics.

The development of novel therapeutics involves deep understanding of biology in humans and animals. We integrate breakthrough technologies discovered from human, animal and bacteria to develop therapies against cancers, metabolic disorders and rare diseases. Our teaching, research, translation and entrepreneurship contribute to knowledge-based therapy development in Hong Kong and the world.

Biotechnology and Nanomedicine

The technologies for biomedical research are rapidly evolving and driving the advances in disease treatment especially in novel biotechnology. The existing strengths of our faculty in this field include targeted photodynamic therapy, peptide therapy, gene editing technology, single chain antibody development, proteomics, stem cell therapy, gene therapy, transcription factor engineering, immune therapy, bioinformatics, novel treatment for bacterial diseases and RNA therapy.

Nanotechnologies further broaden our approaches for disease diagnosis and therapy and perfectly complement our strength on basic research. The research on nanomedicine focuses on developing nanoparticle-based drug delivery vehicles, nanomaterials for cell and tissue engineering, and nanodevices for highly sensitive and early disease detections. Drug delivery vehicles at nanometer scale could offer enhanced bioavailability, improved therapeutic efficacy, tissue specific delivery and/or precise control of drug release.

Cancer Biology

Cancer is one for the leading causes of death in the world and the Department of Biomedical Sciences’ multidisciplinary team is working together to understand fundamental mechanisms of tumorigenesis and progression, and to translate new knowledge into the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for prediction, prevention, and treatment of cancer. Our faculty mainly focus on three research areas: tumour microenvironment, cancer cell migration and metastasis, and precision cancer medicine. We actively promote interdisciplinary collaboration to accelerate the discovery, innovation, and translation of research into clinical applications and cultivate a new generation of scientists on cancer research and precision cancer medicine.

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