Veterinary Medical Program
Admission Process

The School of Veterinary Medicine achieved full membership in the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) this past year and, as a benefit of membership, has joined the 34 schools that use the AAVMC's centralized Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).

Aspiring veterinary medical students use the AAVMC's application service to apply to most veterinary medical schools that are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. VMCAS collects, processes, and submits application materials to the veterinary medical schools and responds to inquiries about the application process from applicants, advisors, parents, and schools. The system also has electronic evaluation and submission capability and serves as a social media hub via Facebook where applicants can ask questions, interact, and obtain updates.

The VMCAS application cycle for the August 2013 and January 2014 entering DVM classes  launched on June 7, 2012. Candidates who intend to apply to other schools through VMCAS can include St. George’s University as a designated school and follow our instructions for a supplemental application. To learn more or apply go to http://www.aavmc.org/Students-Applicants-and-Advisors/Veterinary-Medical-College-Application-Service.aspx

Application

If you are not applying through VMCAS, we encourage you to apply online and track your application status through Self-Service Admission. As an alternative, you can still download a paper copy to print and complete manually. APPLY or DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION NOW.

All documents must be in English or must have a certified English translation attached and must be originals or certified copies. In addition to the completed application, the following are required:

  • Application fee: $50.00 US for preveterinary medical and veterinary medical sciences.
  • Passport-sized photograph with your name and date of birth printed on the back.
  • A documented period of farm experience and/or some time spent in a veterinary medical practice.
  • For North American applicants: Standardized Examination scores from the Graduate Examination Record (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  • Official secondary school transcripts.
  • Undergraduate coursework transcripts must be submitted by the undergraduate institution.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not your principal language.
  • Two letters of recommendation. In order of importance to the Committee on Admission, these are the categories:
    • A veterinarian with whom you have worked
    • A university professor (or, for those applying for the preveterinary program, a teacher)
    • A preveterinary advisor committee, or an advisor/counselor
  • Two Essays: A personal statement discussing the significant factors which led to your decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, and how you see yourself using this career to make a difference in the world (maximum 1500 words ) and an additional essay explaining how you will contribute the diversity of St. George’s University(approximately 500 words).

Admission Deadlines

The Committee on Admission utilizes a rolling admission policy in the School of Veterinary Medicine; therefore, applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. The final deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting documentation is June 15 of the current year for the August class, and November 15 of the preceding year for the January class. Prospective candidates should note that the entering classes are highly competitive and those applications completed early have the advantage of being reviewed at the beginning of the admission process. The time necessary to secure official
transcripts, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation should be taken into consideration. The Committee reserves the right to defer an application to the following semester if there are no available seats.
 

All Applicants

Applicants are advised that the Committee on Admission requires an academic indicator (completed coursework or exam score) within the three years prior to making application. North American applicants are advised that MCAT scores may be used as a recent academic indicator.
 

Selection Factors

The Committee on Admission takes seriously its charge of choosing future veterinarians who will contribute positively to the world’s community of veterinary medicine. The selection of students is made after careful consideration of many aspects: academic ability; emotional and professional maturity; academic achievement; community service; indicators of responsibility and motivation; time in a veterinary medical practice or farm experience; and letters of recommendation regarding the applicant’s personal qualities, character, motivation, and academic abilities. Candidates for admission will be invited for an interview.
 

Admission Process

The Office of Admission will acknowledge receipt of a candidate’s application within two weeks of its arrival. A candidate will be informed of any required supporting documents missing at that time. Within one month after receipt of all application materials, a candidate will receive notice that the application is complete and being reviewed to determine whether an interview will be granted.

The Office of Admission encourages candidates who have been approved for an interview to request interviews in Grenada, and will schedule one upon the applicant’s request. The University recognizes that financial considerations may prevent many candidates who reside at great distances from Grenada from choosing this option. Interviews, therefore, may be conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Caribbean, or other locations that best serve the diverse applicant pool.

The interview gives us a chance to know candidates better and gives the candidates a chance to articulate themselves in ways that might not show in an application.

Applicants are notified of the decision of the Committee on Admission. A record of the notification is kept for one year. Students’ acceptance into the School of Veterinary Medicine is granted upon the presumption by the Committee on Admission that (1) all courses currently being taken by applicants will be completed prior to registration and (2) all statements made by applicants during the admission process, whether oral, written, or in submission of academic documentation, are true and correct. If it is subsequently discovered that false or inaccurate information was submitted, the University may nullify a candidate’s acceptance or, if the student is registered, dismiss the student. A complete health history report must be submitted prior to registration. Students must submit a signed acknowledgment of admission along with a nonrefundable tuition deposit to reserve a seat in the class.
 

The Orientation Process

The Office of Admission and the administration as a whole consider a realistic assessment of the veterinary medical program and the student experience in Grenada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and Australia a necessary component of a responsible decision to attend St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. Therefore, accepted and prospective candidates are invited to visit the campus in Grenada during the academic year, if possible. Accepted candidates who are unable to do so are encouraged to attend one of the orientation meetings for entering students that are held before registration, usually in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Dean of Enrolment Planning, faculty and staff members, graduates, students, and others will attend the orientation meeting in order to guide prospective students in making their decisions, and preparing for veterinary medical school.
 

Advanced Standing Applications

Applications for advanced standing are considered rarely, and only for the beginning of the second year of the four-year veterinary medical program. The Committee on Admission does not seek or encourage transfer applications. A candidate seeking advanced standing should write to the chairman of the Committee on Admission to determine whether an application will be considered. The letter should include the citizenship of the candidate, the prior veterinary medical school with years attended, a brief summary of academic achievement, and the reason for leaving. Should the Committee on Admission consider the application, the candidate will be notified of the procedures for application.
 

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