(Posted 10 December 2019)

President's Speech Christmas 2019


Christmas Greetings

Dear Members,

On behalf of the HKVA Executive Committee I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I would like to thank the HKVA Executive members for all their work this year. Howie Wong (The Younger One) for organizing the top quality CPD we have enjoyed. Florence Chan and Florence Tang for their excellent work as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. A special thanks to Veronica Leong for all her work with WSAVA, Veronica retired from the Executive Committee after 14 years of service. Thanks to Vidya Bhardwaj who is our current WSAVA, FSAVA and FAVA representative and to Hilary Lam, Sarah Churgin and Gary Lo for all their work during the year.

The HKVA in association with St John's Ambulance has run 12-14 public Pet's First Aid courses this year and plan to run the same number in 2020. We are continuing to work with St John's on fine tuning these courses and I would encourage any vets or nurses who are interested in being involved to contact us via the Secretariat. I would like to offer a special thanks to Kathryn Tai, Jason Yew, Angela Lau, Florence Chan and Howie Wong who have made this possible.

I would encourage all people who are interested in contributing to the profession to consider attending the AGM which will be held towards the end of April, 2020. A notice will be sent out with details early next year.

The Clinic Accreditation Scheme is being launched in January, 2020. Please visit the website for all relevant information. The registration portal will be available for on-line registration in January, 2020 and the first inspections are expected towards the end of February, 2020. A special thanks to all the vets, especially Jane Gray, who have been involved with developing the scheme.

As I always do at this time of the year, I wish to remind you that your yearly membership is due and encourage you to renew it. Please note membership benefits in 2020 includes a free Vetstream subscription, special offers for Professional Indemnity Insurance and free subscription to the World Veterinary Association on-line CPD portal. We are currently working on a discounted general Health Insurance Policy which hopefully will be available in 2020. For young vets who envisage working in Hong Kong for many years to come I would remind you that we have a life membership which is extremely good value.

The HKVA has recently initiated a mentoring program to aid new graduates. Our aim is to bring vets together, who have graduated within the last 5 years, for mutual support and development. If you are a vet who falls into this category and have not been contacted by the HKVA please contact us through the secretariat.

I am looking forward to your continued support next year as we continue to work towards improving the veterinary profession in Hong Kong.

Please send all correspondence to

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Tom Mangan
HKVA President