St. George’s University Announces the Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Program (CGSG)

GU is thrilled to further its commitment to education and the developing world through its highly anticipated scholarship program. The Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Program will be implemented on January 17, 2007 – the date of the founding of the University 30 years ago. The University will begin to accept applications on this date.

The administration is proud to offer 75 full tuition scholarships over the next few years to qualified students from Commonwealth countries, with preference to students from developing countries and small states. The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 53 countries, the majority of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom.

The Commonwealth represents almost a third of the world’s countries. It is primarily an organization in which countries with diverse economic backgrounds have an opportunity for close and equal interaction. Its primary activities are to create an atmosphere of economic co-operation between member nations, as well as promote democracy, human rights and good governance in those nations.

Five scholarship programs – public health, business, medicine, veterinary medicine, and undergraduate degrees in arts and sciences – have been created under the umbrella of the Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Program. They will benefit both graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need and a commitment to their chosen discipline. These scholarship awards will mainly be granted to students from developing countries where the need for trained professionals is great.

A Commonwealth-Grenada St. George’s University Scholarship Committee has been established by the University to award the scholarships. While the $4 million (USD) program will fully fund tuition, students will require separate support for living and traveling expenses. The University will work with the Commonwealth Association to identify businesses and institutions in Commonwealth countries who will sponsor students in return for a promise of serving upon graduation.

Distribution of scholarships is as follows:

Master in Public Health
25 dedicated students will be selected, with special emphasis given to those who will dedicate their professional skills to the public health problems of their home countries. Public health issues in the developing world often involve large scale infectious diseases, which have been almost eradicated in the developed world. In addition, the developing world needs public health professionals dedicated to addressing the health inequalities engendered by the social determinants of health. Poverty, with its attendant problems in inadequate education, health care, sanitation and social support, is at the core of health issues in developing nations. The CGSG scholarships are designed to help battle healthcare through public health.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
The 10 CGSG scholarships in veterinary medicine are designed to provide veterinary surgeons for Commonwealth countries in need of more veterinary medical professionals. These veterinary surgeons may be trained to care for wildlife, large animals, herd animals or exotic animals. It is to be expected that they will be imbued with the concept of One Medicine and educated in ways to deal with the transfer of disease between man and animals, which cross international borders on a major scale, causing epidemics of zoonotic diseases.

Doctor of Medicine
The five scholarships in medicine will provide well-trained doctors to enhance health- care delivery in developing nations. This program is designed to stem the “brain drain” from developing to developed countries by training qualified medical doctors who will return home to practice medicine after being immersed in medicine as it is practiced and taught in the Caribbean, the United States and the United Kingdom. These doctors will be well equipped not only to help individual patients, but to contribute to their nation’s healthcare delivery systems as a whole.

Master of Business Administration
The 25 CGSG scholarships in business administration will deliver trained managers who will be able to help developing countries build effective infrastructures in business, industry and government. With an emphasis in the curriculum on international business and entrepreneurial skills and a concentration on public sector management and hotel/tourism management, the MBA degree holders will be well qualified to contribute to the economic development of their countries.

Undergraduate Degrees
The 10 CGSG scholarships in the School of Arts and Sciences are designed to train professionals in a variety of professions that will enhance the business and educational infrastructure of Commonwealth countries, especially developing nations. Degree programs are offered in international business, management information technology, life sciences, and liberal arts.

SGU will maintain strict adherence to its admission requirements which can be found on our website. Admission and scholarship application forms are also available through the website. Applicants will have up to April 15, 2007 to submit applications for the August 2007 class. The deadline for the January 2008 class is September 15, 2007.

Published on 11/10/2006

President of World Veterinary Association welcomes new Vet Students at White Coat Ceremony

Dr. Leon H. Russell, President of the World Veterinary Association, welcomed a new class of veterinary students to St. George’s University during his Keynote Address at the White Coat Ceremony held on August 22, 2006.

Dr Leon RUssell Speaking at SVM 2006 White Coat78 new veterinary medical students (22 men and 56 women) from seven different countries were welcomed to St. George’s at the 14th White Coat Ceremony of the School of Veterinary Medicine. To an audience filled with family, friends and faculty members, the new students pledged their commitment to the field of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Russell welcomed the students to veterinary medicine and urged them to try their hardest. “The next three years will require your dedication, perseverance and hard work to build on the educational foundation you already have,” he said. “You will have a great adventure within this profession, but it will continue to take great effort from you to succeed.”

Dr. Russell also talked about the significance of the white coat and the white coat ceremony, saying that it represents professionalism – an obligation that is inherent in the practice of medicine. He provided a descriptive analogy of what the white coats symbolizes. The three pockets of the coat “contain empathy, integrity, and productivity.” The five buttons represent these actions: “love what you are doing; love your colleagues, respect and appreciate your fellow students and your faculty; love your family; love and care for your patients; and love to plan for your future.”

Woman Receiving White Coat at SVM 2006Chancellor Charles R. Modica also welcomed the students to SGU, encouraging them to succeed in their goals and strive for greatness. Dr. Raymond Sis, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, addressed the veterinary medical students, and welcomed them to Grenada and to their new noble profession. “You must honor the sacred trust and privilege that society places in medical professionals, cognizant that the standard is an ideal we must continuously aim to achieve,” he added.

Dr. Russell serves as a professor at Texas A&M, teaching epidemiology, biostatistics, toxicology, veterinary anatomy, public health, food science, medical microbiology and immunology. He held leadership roles in the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Chosen by the AVMA Board to represent the U.S. at the World Veterinary Association (WVA), Dr. Russell was elected Vice President in 2002. In 2005, he was elected President of the WVA at the 28th World Veterinary Congress.

Dr. Russell earned his DVM at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his MPH from Tulane University and his PhD from Texas A&M University. With his professional interests in epidemiology, food toxicology and mycology, Dr. Russell entered academia as a teacher and researcher. He has represented his professional on state, national and international levels throughout his career.

Students Clapping at SVM 2006 White Coat Ceremony

Published on 09/07/2006

Opportunities for Veterinary Grads Boom as ‘Global Health’ Initiatives Gain Momentum

Veterinary Medicine Professor with SkeletonThere’s good news for aspiring veterinary students: the scope and variety of careers in the vet industry is booming more than ever, thanks to public- and global-health practices. Comprehensive programs, such as those at St. George’s University, offer courses in general medical topics, in addition to the clinical skills needed for diagnosing and treating animal illnesses.

What can you do with a veterinary degree? A lot more than you might think…

General Medicine: Most new vet students have this in mind when they enter the field – treating animals such as cats, dogs, horses, or birds. Some focus on farm animals, while others go into academia.

Professional Specializing: As technology advances, so do the options for specialization. More veterinarians are focusing in traditional areas (equine, farm, small animals), exotic (zoo animals, wildlife), poultry, and aquaculture. Others choose to explore orthopedics, cardiology, and ophthalmology.

Animal Welfare: Career paths in wildlife conservation and zoo-animal welfare are growing rapidly. Similar paths lead to becoming an inspector of operations where animals are raised for human consumption, or working on the front-line in the fight against agri- and bio-terrorism.

Global Health: Many veterinarians find themselves working with M.D. colleagues on the extraordinary research effort in the battle against diseases that travel between species, such as BSE (“mad cow disease”), avian flu, or SARS.

Uniting Veterinary Medicine & Global Health
Veterinary medicine offers no shortage of opportunities. And prospects for veterinarians with postgraduate training in public health are virtually unlimited. St. George’s University offers a joint DVM/MPH degree designed for veterinary students with a desire to focus on global health. The mission is to improve the health, quality of life, and well-being of individuals and communities through education, research, and services in public health and preventive medicine. Specific training includes:

Epidemiology
Biostatistics
Environmental health
Health/policy management
Behavioral sciences
Electives in maternal/child health, chronic disease, emerging infectious diseases, and occupational health

Ahead of the Curve
St. George’s is on the cutting-edge of the ties that bind traditional and veterinary medicine. Even nationally recognized organizations, including the American Medical Veterinary Association, have issued a call-to-action for reinventing traditional medical mindsets.

“Animal health is truly at a crossroads. Its convergence with human and ecosystem health dictates that the ‘one world, one health, one medicine’ concept must be embraced,” said Dr. Roger K. Mahr, addressing the American Medical Veterinary Association, as he assumed presidency of the organization in August 2006. “We need our colleagues in human medicine, public health, and the environmental health sciences. Together, we can accomplish more in improving global health that we can alone, and we have the responsibility to do so.”

Broad Training, Boundless Opportunity
SGU students who complement veterinary education with public health offerings enter the workforce with a distinct advantage. Federal agencies, in particular, see the value of the blended skill set, including:

U.S. Public Health Service
Centers for Disease Control
National Institutes of Health
Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Armed Forces
U.S. Department of Agriculture
State, county, and local departments of health

“The University’s approach to the teaching of medicine and programs that allow our medical and veterinary students to collaborate collegially on important scientific study make St. George’s truly distinctive in the world of education,” says Margaret Lambert, Dean of Enrolment Planning. “Our world is interdependent. People and animals are intricately linked – for food and for companionship. St. George’s broad training and public health offerings translate into wonderful opportunities for our students.”

For more information on St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, please visit www.sgu.edu

Published on 09/01/2006

Commencement Ceremony Celebrates “One Medicine” for the 21st Century

St. George’s University’s School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine held its Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 17, 2006, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City – a first at this grand NYC landmark. More than 450 medical students and 65 vet students proudly received their diplomas in front of an audience of more than 4,000 family members, friends, faculty, and administration.

Commencement Radio City Music HallChancellor Charles R. Modica congratulated the graduates for their hard work and determination and urged them to make a positive difference in the world as they continue their medical careers. “Your hard work has earned you a degree that is not an end in itself, but the beginning of a journey of service,” Chancellor Modica said. “In your professional and personal lives I urge you to choose wisely and, like this evening’s special honorees, always remember your duty to others.”
He also proudly welcomed them as SGU alumnus, welcoming them to the community of over 6,400 graduates working all over the world.

The commencement address was delivered by Richard Halliwell, MA VetMB, PhD, MRCVS. Dr. Halliwell not only congratulated the graduates, he paid tribute to the family and friends of the graduates who supported them all along. He also honored the students and the SGU administration for their spirit and determination in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in 2004. “There was an absolute commitment and determination to overcome the serious setback,” he said. “And, of course, you succeeded. The true spirit of St. George’s was never more evident than at that traumatic time.”

To view Dr. Halliwell’s speech in its entirety, please click here.

Commencement Students WalkingDr. Halliwell urged the graduates, medical and vet, to work together as one during their careers, drawing many parallels between medicine and veterinary medicine. He cited the emergence of SARS, mad cow disease, and avian flu as just a few of the fields necessary for cooperation between doctors and veterinarians. Stressing the importance of cooperation and working towards the One Medicine concept, he said that “the past two decades have witnessed the emergence of serious diseases that continue to challenge both our professions” and that “…both professions are devoted primarily – either directly or indirectly, at the betterment of human health.”

Following Dr. Halliwell’s address, Chancellor Modica presented a Distinguished Service Award to Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior for his commitment and work on behalf of SGU. Lord Soulsby’s career in veterinary medicine is a notable one – from teaching at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to serving as president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons – and a whole host of distinguished academic and legislative endeavors and honors in between. He serves on the Board of Trustees of WINDREF (UK) and has been a friend of SGU for many years. Lord Soulsby gave the inaugural address for the first class of SGU’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. His help and support has been invaluable for the University. He is a true friend, and we are grateful for his friendship.

Charles Modica Speaking at CommencementThe Chancellor also presented Dr. Orazio Giliberti (SGUSOM ’83) and Dr. Cheryl Fite (SGUSVM ’03) with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The award is given annually to SGU graduates who have performed exemplary service to their communities since they graduated.

Honor cords were worn by students who are members of an honor society – Iota Epsilon Alpha in the School of Medicine and Phi Zeta in the School of Veterinary Medicine – and they signify excellence in academics during their years as medical students.

After the students stated their academic oaths and the degrees were conferred by Chancellor Modica, the new doctors filed out of Radio City Music Hall with hopes and aspirations of a bright future in medicine.

Published on 08/08/2006

24th Biennial Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association (CbVMA) Conference to Be Held in Grenada

Veterinary Medicine: What is the Future? Is the title of the 24th Biennial Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association (CbVMA) Conference being hosted by St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Grenada Veterinary Medical Association in Grenada from November 8-10, 2006.

This conference brings together veterinarians and scientists from all parts of the Caribbean, Canada, the US, and the UK to address the veterinary issues that affect the Caribbean region, including aquatic and fish medicine, avian medicine, anesthesiology, dentistry, infectious diseases, and public health. The meeting serves as a forum and an opportunity for regional veterinarians to network, share ideas, and build on the common goal of gaining exposure to veterinary medicine in the Caribbean region, while enjoying the unique and beautiful location of Grenada.

The format for the conference is broken out into three parts: a. invited plenary speakers will give lectures on their areas of veterinary expertise; b. scientists, faculty members, and researchers will present papers either orally or on posters; and c. four hands-on wet labs will take place in the areas of fish medicine, avian medicine, anesthesiology, and dentistry.

The invited plenary speakers are world-renowned experts in veterinary medicine. This year’s speakers and their topics are:

Dr. Richard Halliwell, Professor Emeritus, Veterinary Clinical Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, UK will address the conference theme, “Veterinary Medicine: What is the Future?”

Dr. Tom Nemetz, Dentistry, South Athens Animal Clinic, Athens, Georgia will address the topic of dentistry and will lead a dentistry wet lab.

Dr. Scott Echols, Director of Avian Medical and Surgical Services at the Westgate Pet and Bird Hospital in Austin, Texas will talk on avian medicine and will lead an avian wet lab.

Dr. Gerald Johnson, Faculty of Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada will address fish medicine and will lead a fish medicine wet lab.

Dr. William Novak, Chief Medical Officer of Banfield, The Pet Hospital will hold a talk and wet lab on the topic of anesthesiology.

St. George’s University will host a reception for delegates on True Blue campus during the conference. The wet labs will also be held at SGU, while the plenary speakers’ lectures and the paper presentations will take place at the Grand Beach Hotel. Approximately 120 people are expected to participate.

“St. George’s University is honored to co-host this prestigious conference,” said Dr. Calum Macpherson, Dean of Graduate Studies at SGU. “The conference enhances professional collaboration and camaraderie among veterinary experts in our region. It is also a positive way to bring veterinarians to our campus and show them who we are and show off our campus.”

Published on 06/08/2006

President of American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA) Delivers Keynote Address at School of Veterinary Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony

Dr. Henry E. Childers, President of AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the American Animal Hospital Association, welcomed a new class of veterinary students to St. George’s University during his Keynote Address at the White Coat Ceremony on January 17, 2006.

52 new veterinary medical students – 17 men and 35 women from seven countries were welcomed to SGU at the 13th White Coat Ceremony of the School of Veterinary Medicine. To an audience of family, friends, and faculty members, the vet students pledged their commitment to the field of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Childers emphasized that the veterinary profession was a diverse one, having more than 30 areas of specialization, and encouraged the students to choose wisely and set about to make a difference relating to public health and public practice.

Chancellor Charles R. Modica also welcomed the students to SGU and encouraged them to succeed in their goals. Margaret A. Lambert, Dean of Enrolment Planning, addressed the vet students and advised them to hold onto this moment of the beginning, to make this day’s experience part of their permanent store of memories, so that when the everyday frustrations and bumps of reality sets in, they can each dig down into their store of memories and remember what it was they set out to do.

A small animal practitioner in Cranston, Rhode Island, Dr. Childers is also an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and is only the second veterinarian to serve as both president of AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association.

After earning his veterinary degree from Auburn University, Dr. Childers served two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps before acquiring the Cranston Animal Hospital in 1957. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), where he served as a member of their Council of Regents and was chairman of their Continuing Education Committee.

Throughout his career Dr. Childers has been active in organized veterinary medicine. He has served on various councils, boards, and foundations in the veterinary medicine field, and has received numerous honors.

Published on 02/08/2006

Public Health: Medical Attention on the Now

he world is one. The death of distance on our dynamically changing planet impacts the intricate interplay between people, between people and animals, and between all living creatures and the environment we inhabit. The news headlines have multiplied in recent years: West Nile virus is found in dead birds in New York City, and human deaths soon follow. Cows in Great Britain are given tainted feed and some of the people who ultimately consume them develop a fatal disease. Large numbers of people routinely travel from one side of the world to the other, from tropical areas to snow-bound cultures, and they arrive in hours, often carrying illnesses never seen before in the new locales. Millions of people and animals are displaced by civil war, economic imperatives, and natural disasters, and issues of nutrition, vaccination, and acute treatment arise.

The rapidity of change, the speed of our world, dictates a need for a new breed of medical professionals; they must be trained in health care beyond the personal level. Their work lies in the greater sphere, where decisions and research impact the future history of mankind. And one University university is already preparing medical students, not for the future, but for the now, with a singular focus on the study of public health…St. George’s University.

Why St. George’s University?

Few centers of education can match the unique preparation offered to medical and veterinary medical students at St. George’s University in Grenada. Founded as an independent medical school almost 30 thirty years ago, St. George’s grew to add dynamic new programs in veterinary medicine, public health, research, and arts and sciences. Students and faculty travel to Grenada from across the world, shaping their academic environment with a unique perspective created by true internationalism. Its Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine are closely allied, and participate in joint scientific projects with the nearby Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) and other such institutions across the world, positioning St. George’s at an enviable crossroads in the study of public health. The University’s medical and veterinary students work on cross-disciplinary teams, tackling complicated scenarios with a distinctly broad scientific approach.

St. George’s MPH Program

The mission of St. George’s public health program is to improve the health, quality of life, and well-being of populations, communities, and persons through education, research, and services in public health and preventive medicine. The University provides training in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy/management, and behavioral/social sciences, with electives such as maternal and child health, chronic disease, emerging infectious diseases, and occupational health.

The University’s students have completed public health practica across the Caribbean (Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tortolla, British Virgin Islands, Trinidad), across the United States (Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Washington, DC), and in countries that include Canada, Botswana, Cambodia, India, Japan, Kenya, Morocco, Pakistan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

From the US to Grenada, to Africa and Back

Brian Butler, DVM, a recent St. George’s veterinary graduate, traveled to Africa for his Master of Public Health practicum in 2003, to study disorders that cross between animals and humans, known scientifically as zoonotic diseases.

Under the auspices of WINDREF, Dr. Butler conducted a ten-week week project on Cystic echinococcosis in the Bsongoro people of Western Uganda. The disease is transmitted from dogs and perhaps wild carnivores to humans and domestic livestock., but its prevalence had never before been investigated in the Bsongoro people until Dr. Butler began his work, following a local wildlife veterinarian who tagged and tracked lions and hyenas. As a result, Dr. Butler secured funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to underwrite his continuing study for his PhD at the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Butler credits the unique international educational experiences at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine as the unusually rich academic setting that helped shape him for this goal. “I owe much to the rich and diverse environment at St. George’s, where I was surrounded by ideas and knowledge from many different cultures and countries.”

Making a Difference…As a Student

Students in the public health program at St. George’s impact their surroundings even before they attain their degrees. Some were instrumental in helping local Grenadian communities cope with the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Ivan. Though they had begun an epidemiological study in an outlying village in Grenada, after Hurricane Ivan swept through, the students shifted their immediate focus to provide care during the crisis. They fanned out to deliver critical medical supplies, assess emergency needs, and monitor developing health-related situations.

The University’s Dean of Enrolment Planning, Margaret Lambert, says that St. George’s alliance with WINDREF frequently benefits its Caribbean neighbors: “One country-wide effort reduced the incidence of dengue in Grenada by teaching the population the importance of eliminating the standing water that dengue-carrying mosquitoes breed in. We have worked very successfully with Grenada’s ministers of health, and with ministers from the surrounding region, to tackle other problematic issues, for example lymphatic filiariasis in Guyana.”

What Does a Public Health Background Offer for a Career?

Now, as the world has turned yet again, many new positions are opening in the public health field to fight the old battles and to prepare to fight new ones. Some future public health practitioners, such as a Jonas Salk or Madame Curie, may develop treatments to eradicate emerging health scourges such as HIV/AIDS. Others could migrate to career paths in government, or intergovernmental agencies like WHO or UN-FAO, working to improve the health of the overall populace by documenting ways to manage or avoid medical disorders brought on by unhealthy lifestyle choices. Still others might coordinate initiatives documenting the close ties of all creatures to the environment they live in, how pollution of water can cause terrible dysentery in those forced to drink it, how mosquitoes that breed on standing stagnant water can carry the miserable dengue virus to the people they bite, how we can work to respect the Earth and in the end benefit ourselves. Those with a drive to the veterinary medical concentration might monitor not only the animal population at large, but also the food supply chain, on the alert for disease that could transfer to human beings. And still others might man the frontline defense against agroterrorism and bioterrorism.

According to Dean Lambert, “The University’s approach to the teaching of medicine and programs that allow our medical and veterinary medical students to collaborate collegially on important scientific study make St. George’s unique the world of education. Our world is interdependent. People and animals are intricately linked, for food and for companionship. St. George’s broad training and public health offerings translate into wonderful possibilities for our students”

For more information on St. George’s University, its programs in public health, medicine, veterinary medicine, and research, please visit: www.sgu.edu

Published on 11/30/2005

St. George’s University Veterinary Student Elected Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) President

On October 26th, SGU’s Kara Tassone, received recognition for her election as the upcoming President of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA). The University sponsored an awards ceremony and reception in Kara’s honor on True Blue Campus to celebrate her success. Dr. Kevin Dajka, AVMA co-advisor to SAVMA, presented a plaque to Kara.

Chancellor Charles R. Modica and Dr. Raymond Sis, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, congratulated Kara on her achievements.

Kara was elected to her new position at the AVMA Conference in Minnesota this past July; she is currently serving as the President Elect of SAVMA. As President Elect, Kara’s primary responsibility is to serve as an alternate delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates and to assist the President and SAVMA in any way needed. Kara’s position will shift from President Elect to President at the upcoming SAVMA Conference which will be held at the University of Minnesota on March 9-11, 2006. At this time, her responsibilities will include presiding over SAVMA meetings, serving as a Delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates, and, most importantly, representing the voice of students in the veterinary profession.

Kara completed her undergraduate degree at Weber State University, located in her hometown, Ogden, Utah. In 2000, she earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology and Psychology. Kara, who matriculated in the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University in January 2003, chose SGU to enjoy a cultural learning environment as well as attain an excellent internationally based education. During her tenure, Kara became an active member of SAVMA at St. George’s, serving as both the local chapter President and as a delegate to the SAVMA House of Delegates.

Kara’s stellar accomplishments and record of excellence while at St. George’s University has made her the perfect candidate for this new role. With her perseverance, Kara plans to stay actively involved in the future of veterinary medicine. She hopes to enhance the bond between humans and their pets by providing exceptional medical care and she admits that the possibilities within the profession are limitless. She believes that in today’s world making a difference is not only feasible, but is a necessity.

Kara is only the second veterinary student outside the U.S. to be elected President of SAVMA.

Published on 11/07/2005

First Non-U.S. Phi-Zeta Honor Society Chapter Installed At St. George’s University

The US veterinary honor society, Phi-Zeta, installed a new chapter this month at Saint George’s University, the first chapter ever installed outside of the United States. The Charter and Installation Ceremony took place on the evening of Tuesday, March 8, at a dinner held at the Caribbean House on the True Blue campus. Chancellor Charles Modica addressed the esteemed students who earned their place in the new chapter, stating, “You’re the cream of the crop – and it’s a very good crop.” The most outstanding student of the class and therefore an executive member of the chapter was Laura Paasch.

The School of Veterinary Medicine had the honor of having present with them at the Installation Ceremony, two renowned figures, Dr. Ed Smallwood, the International Secretary – Treasurer of the Society of Phi-Zeta, and Dr. Howard Evans, one of the founding members of the Society. Dr. Smallwood explained what is involved in becoming a member school of the society. The charter was then unveiled by Dr. Smallwood and Dr. John McKibben who will be President of the Alpha Delta Chapter.

With the addition of Phi-Zeta, SGU veterinary students are able to be compared directly with students at American veterinary schools. Phi-Zeta confers awards for superior performance, and also outlines specific goals for students to work towards. A high level of performance is required to be inducted into the honor society, and therefore, students will have a set of standards to aspire to while studying at St. George’s. In becoming a member of Phi-Zeta, students are able to support their effort and strive towards excellence following their education at St. George’s. The existence of this new chapter, Alpha Delta Chapter, at St. George’s will provide a great incentive for students entering Saint George’s; they will be recognized by their peers for their hard work and outstanding success.

Students are eligible for induction if they are juniors ranking in the top ten percent of their class, seniors ranking in the top twenty five percent of their class, and as well, induction is available to selective faculty members. Upon applying to Phi-Zeta, students will be chosen who fulfill the required criteria.

Originated in 1925, by New York State Veterinary College at Cornell University, Phi-Zeta is a national veterinary honor society created to recognize students for their superior academic achievement. Phi-Zeta is an abbreviation adapted from the Latin form of the Greek word, PHILOZOI, which means Love of Animals.

The inception of SGU’s chapter of this esteemed National Honor Society deepens the collegial relationships between the members of the SGUSVM community and the larger community of US veterinarians and scholars.

Published on 03/07/2005

Record Enrollment for St. George’s University

Enrollment at St. George’s University is at an all time high. The campus is bustling with students from all over the world studying medicine, veterinary medicine, business, information technology, and in many other undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The entering student population has increased by 6% from last year alone (the 2003-04 academic year). In fact, the total enrollment of the University – slightly over 3,000 students, has increased almost 50% since 1999! The enrollment of new students increased by 55% since the 2001-02 academic year. We have enrolled almost 1,060 students this academic year.

This year, more students have entered the MD program through the premedical program (recently moved into the School of Medicine) than in any year since its inception; there were 22 new students in the program in August, and 40 entered this February – for a total of 62 new students in this academic year. The premedical program allows students from around the world in various educational systems to enter the Doctor of Medicine program.

The Masters of Public Health Program enrolled over 100 students this academic year, maintaining its image as one of the healthiest programs on campus. Over 100 new undergraduate students have entered this year, reaching a four-year high. If we add those students who have entered the baccalaureate degree program through our affiliate, T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), we have enrolled more than 200 new students this academic year.

The secondary school component of Camp Medicine, 2005 is already oversubscribed, with many more students and student-teacher groups waiting to sign on board.

“The best kept secret in the Caribbean is no longer a secret,” said Margaret Lambert, Dean of Enrolment Planning. “It is gratifying to see so many students from so many places all studying and living together on this beautiful island, which is recovering so well and so quickly from the violence of Hurricane Ivan.”

Published on 03/07/2005