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Descriptions & Duties

  • Veterinarians diagnose and treat diseases, disorders and injuries of animals. They may provide treatment and aftercare to a wide range of animals (some may specialise in the treatment of a particular animal group, or treatment in a particular specialty) . They are also responsible for performing surgery on animals, vaccinating against diseases, advising animal owners about general care, medical conditions, and treatments, operating diagnostic equipment and interpreting the examination results, training or supervising staff who handle or care for animals.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Medical knowledge and skills

Veterinarians must apply the knowledge and techniques to diagnose and treat animal injuries, diseases, and deformities.

Therapy & counselling knowledge and skills

Veterinarians must apply the knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for counselling and guidance of animal owners.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • A bachelor's degree of veterinary science or a bachelor's degree of veterinary medicine and surgery.

Professional qualification

  • Must be registered veterinary surgeons under the Veterinary Surgeons Registration Ordinance and hold a valid practicing certificate issued by the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 31-44

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 45-49

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Work Environment

  • Veterinarians generally work in private clinics and hospitals, or work for the government. They often work additional hours and may work at night or at weekends. They also have to respond to emergencies when needed.


  • Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories - Respiration monitors
  • Surgical bone cutting forceps
  • Surgical bone hand saws or wire saws or saw handles
  • Surgical bone chisels or gouges
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories - Battery-operated orthopedic drills; Orthopedic drills
  • Surgical bone rasps
  • Surgical retractors for general use
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
  • Surgical scissors - Mayo scissors
  • Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories - Bone marrow aspirators
  • Suture needles
  • Tourniquets
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
  • Veterinary blood pressure testers - Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors
  • Veterinary clinical thermometers - Digital veterinary thermometers
  • Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories - Aspiration catheters; Ear syringes; Insemination equipment; Veterinary suction equipment
  • Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters - Hoof knives/trimmers

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