The St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine curriculum provides a 3-year foundation in basic science and clinical skills to prepare our students for their 4th year of clinical rotations abroad and for Day 1 readiness as clinical practitioners. Our program offers students a unique, innovative, international approach to veterinary medicine. We put great emphasis into clinical instruction as a method of formulating basic science curriculum into clinical practice with the use of simulation models, case-based teaching and outstanding student to faculty ratios. Our diverse faculty supports the curriculum and is charged with invigorating its ever-developing structure. The SGU School of Veterinary Medicine model of education is proven to be a successful veterinary education model through outcomes assessments of students training in the foundation curriculum at SGU, in the 4th year clinical rotations at our affiliate schools, and as successful practitioners.
The School of Veterinary Medicine has developed a curriculum that is unique in nature but fulfills all requirements as mandated by the AVMA Standard 9. Our curriculum operates on the premise that students will learn, retain, and perform more confidently when clinical skills training occurs alongside basic science foundation course work. Our training program is robust and diverse to ensure students receive not only basic science foundation courses, but serial and incremental clinical skills courses to fully prepare our students for the educational phases of our unique veterinary model of education.
The first two years of the program combines basic science curriculum with clinical skills courses utilizing simulation models, hands-on laboratory, didactic, and small-group experiential learning sessions. Introductory medicine and surgery courses begin at the end of year two and training is intensified during year three with live animal surgery and medicine courses. Clinical rotations at the SGU Small Animal Clinic and on the Large Animal Ambulatory Services rotation complete the student preparation for the fourth year of clinical training.
The final year of the program is delivered at our affiliated veterinary medical schools: there are twenty-three in the United States, two in the United Kingdom, one in Ireland, two in Canada, and one in Australia. SGUSVM students are fully integrated and train alongside final year students at these affiliated schools.
Year four consists of forty-eight weeks of clinical training which takes place at one of our twenty-nine AVMA-Accredited affiliated veterinary medical schools. The final year consists of twenty weeks of instruction in seven core subjects and twenty-eight weeks of electives that may be a continuation of core subjects or concentrations in select specialties. The clinical core subjects include a minimum of four weeks in Small Animal Medicine, four weeks in Small Animal Surgery, six weeks of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery; and two weeks each in Diagnostic Laboratory, Clinical Anesthesiology, and Diagnostic Imaging. The remaining weeks of the clinical program are made up of elective rotations including specialty rotations such as ophthalmology and dermatology. Externships approved by the affiliated schools may be included in the clinical training program.