100% pass rate for St. George’s graduates entering into RCVS

Students from St George's University, Grenada, attend a ceremony at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London, and are admitted to the college. L-R: Francesca Hendey, Matthew Foulkes, Jennifer Roberts. Front: Caroline Dennis, college president Dr Jerry Davies, Ashley Beresford. Wednesday 7/27/2011. Photograph © Andrew McCargow

Students from St George’s University, Grenada, attend a ceremony at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London, and are admitted to the college.
L-R: Francesca Hendey, Matthew Foulkes, Jennifer Roberts. Front: Caroline Dennis, college president Dr Jerry Davies, Ashley Beresford. Wednesday 7/27/2011. Photograph © Andrew McCargow

Five graduates from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine (SGUSVM), in the Caribbean island of Grenada, have passed the Statutory Membership Examination of the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

SGUSVM graduates have traditionally demonstrated impressive pass rates on this rigorous exam, but this year’s 100 percent pass rate by SGU students –compared with the 44 percent pass rate for candidates overall– is an exceptional result for SGU students, and only the second time it has been achieved in the school’s history.

In order to practice veterinary surgery in the UK, all graduates with foreign or Commonwealth qualifications must pass the RCVS examination. The exam consists of two days of written papers, followed by clinical, oral, and practical exams at a UK veterinary medical school. Thirty-five St. George’s graduates have passed into the RCVS since the School’s inception in 1999.

The RCVS sets no quota for this Statutory Membership Examination, meaning those who meet the standards will pass, regardless of the number of candidates sitting the exam.

Austin Kirwan, St. George’s Associate Dean of UK and Ireland Clinical Affairs stated, “St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine once again produces an excellent set of results with a 100 percent pass rate for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Statutory Membership Examination for those SGU students who sat the examination.  This is a credit to the school in the quality of education it provides, but also an indication of the caliber of person SGU attracts in its student cohort – outstanding success abounds by thinking beyond.”

Presenting the graduates with a membership certificate at the Ceremony of Admissions at Belgravia House in London, RCVS President Dr. Jerry Davies said, “I was delighted to welcome so many of this year’s successful candidates to the College. Whether newly graduated or long qualified elsewhere, all of those registering today have succeeded in meeting the educational and professional requirements that enable them to call themselves veterinary surgeons and to practise in the UK.”

Published on 7/28/11