The focus of health care education in Hong Kong has been on caring for people. But with pets becoming increasingly popular in the city, the need for trained manpower in the veterinary field is growing. A new programme in veterinary nursing jointly offered by the faculty of health and social sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London aims to address that need. The full-time bachelor of science (hons) degree programme in veterinary nursing, to be offered in September, will equip students with the knowledge and skills for a career in the veterinary sector or related fields. The programme offers a variety of subjects ranging from academics and the practical essentials of veterinary nursing to clinical skills development and advanced knowledge in specialised subject areas. Veterinary nursing is a recognised profession in a number of countries. An introductory programme at PolyU called the foundation studies course in veterinary nursing was launched last September. Credits earned from this course can be transferred to the bachelor's degree programme.