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Message from the Chairperson

Message from the Chairperson of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong

Welcome to the homepage of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong (the “Board”).

Enacted in 1997, the Veterinary Surgeons Registration Ordinance (Cap. 529) provides for the establishment of the Board, which is responsible for the regulation of the practice of veterinary surgery, the registration of veterinary surgeons, and the disciplinary control of the professional activities of registered veterinary surgeons in Hong Kong.  There are currently over 1 100 registered veterinary surgeons.

About a quarter of a century after its establishment, the Board has now embarked on a new chapter.  I am pleased to highlight several initiatives and challenges that will shape the future of veterinary practice in Hong Kong.  The implementation of the mandatory Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) scheme in the veterinary profession is a major one.  We recognise the importance of staying abreast of the latest advancements in veterinary medicine and fostering a culture of lifelong learning.  Through CPD, veterinary professionals enhance their knowledge, skills and expertise, benefiting not only the animals under their care, but also the community at large.

On another front, in October 2023, we witness Hong Kong’s first cohort of locally trained veterinary surgeons graduating from the City University of Hong Kong.  This momentous occasion marks a significant step forward in our concerted efforts in strengthening the veterinary manpower and expanding access to quality veterinary services in the city.

As public awareness of animal welfare and expectation of the veterinary profession is growing manifestly over the years, it is essential to entrust the care of animals to professional veterinary surgeons who need to dedicate their time and efforts for the well-being of animals.  In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has once again minded us that humans are vulnerable to various types of diseases, animal borne or otherwise, and diseases prevention is an issue of utmost importance which the veterinary profession has an indispensable role to play and to keep an eye on tirelessly.  The Board has a crucial duty to the community therefore in safeguarding animal welfare and improving the overall public health situation by vigilantly supporting and enabling the development of the veterinary profession in Hong Kong.  This will help contribute our part to the important One Health Joint Plan of Action (2022 – 2026) launched by United Nations and world organisations addressing health concerns and sustainable development.

As the new Chairperson of the Board, I am honoured to be able to continue the exemplarily good work of my predecessors to lead this Board dedicated to upholding the highest standards of veterinary care.  In our pursuit of excellence, the Board is committed to fostering collaboration and partnership with various stakeholders, from veterinary professionals, educational institutions, to animal welfare organisations and the community as a whole.  We firmly believe that, by working together, we can meet the challenges and make Hong Kong a hallmark of excellence in veterinary care.

Professor NG Wang-wai, Charles
Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong

Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences
Overseas Fellow of Churchill College, the University of Cambridge
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering