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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree

As a South African student wishing to accomplish the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at SGU, you have a number of options, depending on your professional aspirations and academic background.

St. George's University Academic Structure

SGU offers a 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree programs. The length of the program for each student is determined by their academic background. Below you will find a diagram of our academic structure for each level of our MD program and the entry requirements for each program.

Five-Year Vet Program

Students from South Africa with strong passes at secondary school level will typically enter the five-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program.

Four-Year Vet Program

Students who wish to undertake the four-year The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program require a BSc for entry. They will spend three years on a mixture of didactic coursework in basic sciences and introductory clinical work in medicine and surgery in Grenada, with hands-on training beginning in year one. This is followed by a fourth and final year of clinical training at one of 29 affiliated veterinary schools around the world.

One World, One Health, One Medicine

St. George’s University is a fully integrated One Health, One Medicine environment—the result of a unique campus housing both DVM and MD students, where veterinary medicine students study alongside aspiring doctors, public health professionals, and scientists, who together hail from 140 countries. As part of this unique student body, aspiring healers find a sense of community on a campus that is truly a unique melting pot of diversity, cultures, and ideas. Students learn and experience how veterinary medicine is taught and practiced around the world—and how it can help them to become leaders in responding to public health challenges across the globe. SGU students are taught to think beyond their borders so they will be prepared for whatever comes through their waiting room doors.

Dual Degree Program

Additionally, we offer dual degree programs offering students the opportunity to study public health or to pursue an MSc in research with a focus on anatomical pathology, anatomy, bacteriology, marine medicine, morphological and clinical pathology, parasitology, pharmacology, virology, or wildlife conservation medicine, while attaining their veterinary medical education.

Dual degree programme

St. George’s unique dual degree programs provide students with an opportunity to stand apart from the crowd, preparing them to become veterinary medical leaders and take on roles in private practice, business, government, international, and research organizations. Veterinarians graduating with a dual degree in business or public health have the ability to view problems from an alternate perspective, drawing upon their veterinary medical training to come up with real solutions to pressing public health problems and better managing the business side of veterinary health care.


A dual DVM/MPH degree is available through the University’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine’s CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health program. Opportunities for veterinarians with postgraduate training in public health are almost unlimited. Some US federal agencies with a variety of public health careers include the US Public Health Services and its Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, the US Air Force and Army, and the US Department of Agriculture. State, county, and local departments of health provide hundreds more opportunities.

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Students enrolled in St. George’s innovative MBA program can graduate with a dual DVM/MBA, learning how to better manage the complexities of modern veterinary healthcare delivery. A DVM degree from St. George’s that combines an MBA in multi-sector health management can help graduates stand out while discovering innovative ways to manage veterinary medical practices with the unique perspective that only a veterinarian can bring to understanding patients and their needs.

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The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Master of Science dual degree program gives veterinary medical students the opportunity to conduct active and original bench and/or field research. Dual DVM/MSc degrees are offered in the following majors:

Anatomical Pathology
Clinical Pathology
Marine Medicine
Wildlife Conservation Medicine

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Fourth Year — Clinical Sciences

The fourth year of the St. George's University veterinary curriculum is delivered across our affiliated universities at locations around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and Australia.

At these affiliated institutions, students will complete 48 weeks of clinical training alongside veterinary students currently enrolled at these universities. Upon successful completion of the fourth year, students will graduate from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine.

While SGUSVM will do everything possible to provide students with their preferred of a fourth year placement location, we cannot guarantee placement in any particular affiliated university.

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Speak to a Current Student or Graduate

Call us on +1-631-655-8500 ext. 1380 and you can speak to SGU students or graduates to find out what it is really like to study with us. We also have admission counselors who can talk you through all your options, or point you towards further advice and assistance, and to help you decide on the best route for you. Call Now!

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