Eight St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine Grads Pass into RCV

news rcvs09Eight graduates from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine (SGUSVM) have passed the Statutory Membership Examination of the UK’s  Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) , representing more than one-half of the total number that passed.  Of the 50 candidates that took the exam, a total of 14 worldwide passed successfully.

In order to practice veterinary surgery in the UK, all graduates with foreign or Commonwealth qualifications must pass the RCVS examination which consists of two days’ written papers, followed by clinical, oral and practical exams at a UK veterinary medical school.   SGUSVM graduates have traditionally demonstrated impressive pass rates on this rigorous exam.

“Nearly 400 students from St. George’s University have graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine since its inception in 1999,” says Austin Kirwan, St. George’s Associate Dean of UK and Ireland Clinical Affairs.   Since that time, a total of 22 SGUSVM graduates have passed the RCVS membership exam, including students from Sweden, the United States and most recently Ireland.  Rachel Heenan, one of this year’s eight SGUSVM candidates, is the University’s first veterinary medical graduate from Ireland.

Rachel describes her time at St. George’s as “a hugely rewarding and hands on experience” and praised the professors for their “enormous support and kindness.”

Presenting the graduates with a membership certificate at the Ceremony of Admissions at the RCVS in London, Professor Alexander Trees of the University of Liverpool congratulated and welcomed the students to the veterinary practice.  Commenting that the students were now part of a “privileged elite,” who were well equipped to protect animal welfare, he advised the students to nurture and maintain this well earned privilege.  Professor Trees urged the students to enter the veterinary practice with confidence and expressed his hope that a few students would go on and make a “contribution to mitigating the world’s global healthcare problems.”

Fortune 500 Recognizes SGU School of Medicine Alumna as Outstanding Physician Citizen

Doctor Lisa Radix of Hopkinsville & Christian County Dialysis Recognized as Outstanding Physician Citizen

DaVita’s Outstanding Physician Citizen Program Highlights Physicians for Outstanding Patient Service

Hopkinsville, KY (March 2009) – DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), one of the nation’s leading providers of kidney care services, today announced that Dr. Lisa Radix Medical Director, of the Hopkinsville & Christian CO. DaVita® dialysis centers, has been recognized as the divisional Outstanding Physician Citizen, receiving the  Doctor PEPper award, for the River Valley Division. The honor will be presented to Dr. Radix during a dinner celebration.

DaVita’s Doctor PEPper program seeks to recognize those physicians who exemplify DaVita’s mission and core values. The Patients Enriched by Partnershipsm (PEPsm) department is a department within DaVita that strives to involve patients and their families to educate and better their quality care. The doctors are nominated by Facility Administrators who feel the nominee is an integral part of the PEP program and their DaVita team. The doctors must have strong clinical results, actively participate in the Wall of Fame (a way to help DaVita patients and teammates to get to know one another by decorating a wall with photographs and fun facts), involve themselves in political action as well as being a strong member throughout the kidney care community. The doctors who are nominated enjoy the celebrations, games and events in the dialysis unit.

“Receiving the Doctor PEPper award is such an honor because it comes directly from the teammates I work with every day. I am very humbled by it.” said Dr. Radix, DaVita Medical Director. “The Doctor PEPper award also represents some of the aspects of patient-care that makes the practice of Nephrology so fulfilling.”

The Doctor PEPper program was founded in 2006, and promotes DaVita’s mission To Be the Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice, and core values, Service Excellence, Integrity, Team, Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Fulfillment, and Fun. At DaVita, that means high quality clinical care is generally coupled with a personalized approach.

DaVita, Patients Enriched by Partnership and PEP are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About DaVita Inc.
DaVita Inc., a FORTUNE 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, providing dialysis services and education for patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita manages more than 1,400 outpatient facilities and acute units in more than 700 hospitals located in 43 states and the District of Columbia, serving approximately 110,000 patients. As part of DaVita’s commitment to building a healthy, caring community, DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. For more information about DaVita, its kidney education materials, and its community programs, please visit www.davita.com.

St. George’s University Vet Grad Obtains Competitive Surgical Residency

Nicole Salas has a promising future as a veterinary surgeon.  A 2005 St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate, Nicole has earned a competitive surgical residency at the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Langhorne, PA.

“I am very happy thus far and feel I have learned a tremendous amount in my two years post graduation, between my rotating internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in New York City and my surgical internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Florida,” Nicole says.

A native of Oxford, NJ, Nicole received an Animal Science degree at Cornell University.  She always knew she’d like to become a veterinarian, and looked to St. George’s University to help her prepare for her career.

“I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was four years old.  I’ve always loved animals and science,” says Nicole. “I am thankful St. George’s gave me this opportunity.”

After basic veterinary medical sciences at SGUSVM, Nicole was placed at North Carolina State University for the clinical part of her education.  In many ways, she felt better prepared than students from other schools, likely due to the hands-on training SGU students receive a year earlier than most students in other veterinary programs.

“St. George’s prepared us to be well-rounded veterinarians, despite our concentration in small or large animal medicine,“ Nicole says.

Nicole was also impressed with the professors at SGU: “They are always available, always willing to help you in any way they can,” she says. “Coming from a large university with teaching assistants, I was amazed to see that my professors had an open door policy, and would be willing to help and encourage me any way they could.”

Nicole’s potential was evident early on to SGU.  Jeffrey Bates, Veterinary Enrolment Manager at SGU, notes that “even though spots are very limited, having known Nicole for the past several years, it’s no surprise that she obtained a surgical residency.

“Her passion for and knowledge of veterinary medicine have always been strong, and with all of the hands-on experience our students receive, I knew St. George’s University would teach her the skills necessary to follow her lifelong dream,” he says.

In addition to the exceptional faculty, Nicole considered the Caribbean atmosphere a benefit.

“It was a relaxing atmosphere, despite the stress of class,” she says. “It really made me want to study, though most would think the opposite.  You’re in a place where there aren’t the everyday distractions of the mall, the movies, and the hustle and bustle.”

Nicole couldn’t be happier with her education. “I am going to be a veterinary surgeon and I love what I am doing,” says Nicole.  “St. George’s gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream.  The faculty prepared me to be an excellent veterinarian and the serene environment offered a wonderful place to study.”

“Who wouldn’t want to study in the Caribbean for three years?”

School of Veterinary Medicine White Coat Ceremony Held on January 26, 2009

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On January 26, 2009, the White Coat Ceremony of the School of Veterinary Medicine had special significance as it not only inducted 46 new students but marked the 10th anniversary year of the SGUSVM.  Dr. Gregory S. Hammer, a 30 year veteran of small animal and equine practice at the Brenford Animal Hospital in Dover, Delaware, a facility in which he is part owner and partner, delivered the Keynote Address.

As he addressed the incoming class, Dr. Hammer acknowledged the intense competition each student endures when they apply to veterinary school.  He then urged these students to put the competition aside and now encourage and mentor each other, as this “academic family” will serve as an inspiration for many years to come.

news svmwcc09 hammerDr. Hammer emphasized the great deal of responsibility these students will have as they become Doctors of Veterinary Medicine.  He stressed the importance of sharing their voice as professionals in their field and educating the public and government on issues of animal well being and public health.  He encouraged them to find this voice now by becoming active participants in the student AVMA, helping to shape the “bright” future of veterinary medicine.

In closing, Dr. Hammer expressed excitement for these students as they embark on this new endeavor, encouraging them to explore opportunities beyond the traditional careers in veterinary medicine, making specific reference to the fields of public health, food safety and bio-security.  “You are our future and I think we are in great hands,” he said.

A recent graduate from the SGUSVM, Dr. Kara Tassone, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.  Dr. Tassone completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  After graduation, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona.  During her years at SGUSVM, Dr. Tassone was elected President of the Student Association American Veterinary Medical Association (SSAVMA), serving the student body proudly and effectively.  She is married to her classmate Dr. Michael Lemmon and currently lives and practices in the Phoenix area.

Dr. Hammer has had a distinguished career which includes Immediate Past President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  Prior to this position, he represented District II of the AVMA Executive Board for six years beginning in 1999, serving members in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  During this time, he also served as vice-chair of the board and chair of the legislative advisory and long-range planning committees.

Dr. Hammer received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1971 and in 1973 received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University.  During his studies, he was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Zeta and Phi Zeta honor societies.  Dr. Hammer received the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.

Dr. Hammer’s career has included work in both the public and private sector.  While a captain in the US Air Force, he served as a veterinary medical officer from January 1974 to January 1976, and received the Meritorious Medal for his outstanding service. While stationed at the Dover Air Force Base, he practiced public health and food safety.  Then, in 1994, he was named honorary commander of the 436th Military Airlift Wing Medical Group.

As an active member of the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association (DVMA) since 1975, Dr. Hammer has made significant contributions to the DVMA in legislation, the securing of educational opportunities for Delaware veterinary medical students, participation in convention activities, public relations and the reorganization of the DVMA itself.  He was honored in 1997 with the Delaware Veterinarian of the Year Award.  On a local level, he has been involved in the Dover community and civic affairs as a member of the Dover Rotary Club since 1982 and member of its Board of Directors since 1991.

Dr. Hammer is also a member of the District of Columbia, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia Medical Associations.   In 2008, he was honored by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association as the state’s Veterinarian of the Year.

Read Dr. Gregory Hammer’s Keynote Address

School of Veterinary Medicine White Coat Ceremony 2009 Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker Dr. Gregory S. Hammer Helped Ring in the School of Veterinary Medicine’s 10th Anniversary Year.

Good afternoon.  It is my privilege to be here celebrating with you today.  I am Greg Hammer, and this past year I had the honor of being President of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  The AVMA represents more than 78,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academic and the uniformed services.  The AVMA acts as the collective voice for its membership and for the profession to the public and government.  With every new member, our voice becomes stronger and more effective.

I’m glad to be here, this may be as close to paradise as I ever get.  I left 20-degree weather a couple of days ago to get here.  Delaware does not usually get that cold, so I’m glad to he here.  I practice in Delaware.  Our practice is about 70% small animal and 30% equine.  It is my hope that when you finish here, that whatever type of practice you enter, you have as much fun as I do.  Never lose the enthusiasm that you have right now.  Never lose that compassion for and desire to help those animals that we serve.

I want to first of all, congratulate you and your parents.  You are among the select few that have joined the greatest profession on earth.  I look forward to the day that you will be my colleagues.  That day will be here sooner than you think.

I think these types of speeches are supposed to be filled and with advice…so the next paragraph or two are my words of wisdom:

All of you are type “A” personalities and extremely competitive.  That is how you got here.  Each and every one of you had to compete against many others for the seat you now occupy in your class.  Well, you made it into veterinary school and it’s time to stop competing against each other.  It’s now time to start challenging yourself to become the best doctor you can be.  Take advantage and soak up every bit of information that you can.  When the information becomes tedious and overwhelming…remember you can do it.  Your clients, your patients will need you.  Remember your ultimate goal…DOCTOR!!!  Be the best, don’t settle for less.

In addition to challenging yourself, help your classmates.  This is your family for the next four years.  You will spend more time with them than anyone else.  Mentor each other.  I had the good fortune of being selected for the class of ‘73’ at Kansas State University.  We helped each other.  We learned from each other.  We pushed each other.  Get to know your classmates, help them through the next four years and they will help you.  Tell them how much you appreciate their help.  You will grow closer to some of your classmates.  They will be life long friends.  Be sure you let them know before you graduate, because unfortunately some you will never see again.   Again this is your academic family-help each other and you will all benefit.

I want to turn the page a little now, and ask you to do something for your chosen profession in the future.  You will be Doctors of Veterinary Medicine in less than four years.  With that title and respect, comes a great deal of responsibility.  No matter what type of practice you enter, or where you go, you will be a respected member of your community.  You must advocate on behalf of your profession and the animals we serve.  The public and government rely on us to educate them on animal well being and public health.  If you don’t do it, others will and you may not like the results.  You can start now by joining and participating in your student AVMA.  You should have 100% membership.  The student AVMA is your voice to the profession.  We have many positions on AVMA councils and committees that are only open to students.  They don’t require that much time and are a good way to get involved in national veterinary medicine.  There are externships that are only open to first and second year students at AVMA headquarters and the Washington DC office.  Remember if you don’t get involved in shaping the future of veterinary medicine, someone will shape it for you.

The future of veterinary medicine is bright.  There has never been a better time to be a veterinarian.  The demand in all fields of veterinary medicine is high and the supply has never been lower.  We are at a crisis in our work force.  You will be asked to do more, but you will have the freedom to get involved in any facet of veterinary medicine.  Be sure and look beyond the traditional careers of veterinarians.  Your future is unlimited in public health, food safety and bio-security.  You are our future and I think we are in great hands.  Welcome to the greatest profession…Veterinary Medicine.

Scholarships Celebrate 10th Anniversary of School of Veterinary Medicine

As St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine approaches its tenth year, the School has introduced the “Decade of Excellence” Scholarship Program. This program is designed to assist incoming students in the January 2009 class by awarding a number of partial scholarships.

Students at universities worldwide are encountering considerable difficulty obtaining loans for educational programs, an unfortunate ripple effect from the current uncertainty of the global economy.  It has long been the University’s mission to provide superior educational opportunities to any and all qualifying students.   St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine is eager to assist those students who are facing difficulty acquiring the funds to further their education and reach their goals of practicing veterinary medicine.

The University believes that an investment in the future of each individual student is, in turn, an investment in the well-being and development of communities throughout the world.  Since its establishment in 1999, the School of Veterinary Medicine has been dedicated to providing a broad range of educational and professional training opportunities preparing and inspiring students to become leaders in the field of veterinary medicine and curtailing the current shortage of veterinarians worldwide.

In the ten years since its inception, St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine has expanded to include state-of-the-art laboratories, a Small Animal Hospital, unparalleled faculty and visiting professors from veterinary medical schools throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, and superior enhancement programs.  The SGUSVM has emerged as a leader in the field of veterinary medical education.

All incoming students interested in applying for the “Decade of Excellence” Scholarship should contact the Office of Enrolment Planning for more information.

Published on 11/24/08

SVM Restructure Reflects SGU’s Evolution, Expansion and Success

The new structure of St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine reflects a more efficient support of the University’s teaching, research and service missions, as it incorporates the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA-COE) Standards into the unique academic program of the School.

Since 1999, the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) has provided its culturally diverse student body with an internationally based veterinary medical education designed to prepare students for the world of global health care.  SVM students complete three years in Grenada and their fourth clinical year of study at one of twenty-nine AVMA-accredited colleges of veterinary medicine.  Twenty-three of these accredited colleges are located in the United States, and the other six affiliated colleges that are accredited are located in the United Kingdom, Canada, The Republic of Ireland and Australia.  By restructuring SGUSVM, we will further enhance the effectiveness of this dynamic and comprehensive program.

According to Dr. Raymond Sis, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, “Moving the administration away from the standard academic department process toward a subsequent provision of Academic Programs is critical to aligning the SVM structure to AVMA-COE Standards; the primary objective of this reconstructive process.”  The AVMA Council on Education is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting body for schools and programs that offer the professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or its equivalent in the United States and Canada.

The most noticeable change is replacing the three former departments within SVM:  Preclinical Studies, Paraclinical Studies and Clinical Studies. Four Academic Programs have been implemented, each of which are overseen by a Program Director.  Effective July 2008, Dr. Tom Aire is Program Director of Anatomy and Physiology Academic Program (Terms 1-2); Dr. Ravindra Sharma is Program Director, Pathobiology Academic Program (Terms 3-4); Dr. Rudolfo Bruhl Day is Program Director, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Academic Program ( Terms 5-6); and Dr. Ram Purohit is Program Director, Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Academic Program (Terms 5-6).

In addition, SVM has appointed four Associate Deans who, in conjunction with the Program Directors, are responsible for upholding one or more of the AVMA-COE Standards.  They are: Dr. Desmond Baggot, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Academic Programs; Dr. Timothy Ayliffe, Associate Dean, Information Resources; Dr. Rolf Larsen, Associate Dean, Clinical Resources; and Dr. Sunil Gupta, Assistant Dean,
Learning and Teaching.  Dr. Gregory Wybern has also been appointed Director of Clinical Services.

As the University as a whole continues to expand, so too does the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM), one of the three entities which collectively form St. George’s University’s great triumvirate, along with the School of Medicine (SOM) and School of Arts and Sciences (SAS).  Each of the schools is afforded the same recognition, status and autonomy.

As with the SOM, SAS and the Graduate Studies Program (GSP), the SVM is under the strategic coordination of the Provost, who oversees the extensive sharing and cross referencing of activities, resources and initiatives between the four programs.  The SVM Dean serves as its chief academic officer and sits on the University Council of Deans (UCD) with the other deans, Vice Provosts and senior administrative officers.

Organization within the School of Veterinary Medicine

There are seven units within the SVM that define functional identity.  The units and the AVMA-COE Standards for which they are responsible are as follows:

  • Faculty and Academic Programs (Faculty, Organization, Finance, Admissions).
  • Learning and Teaching (Curriculum)
  • Clinical Resources (Clinical Resources, Outcomes Assessment)
  • Research (Research)
  • Students (Students)
  • Information Resources (Library and Information Resources)
  • Clinical Services (Facilities and Equipment)

The Faculty and Academic Program Unit is responsible for all administrative support services as Faculty.  The Unit is assisted by the Faculty Senate which has an elected Faculty Affairs Committee and Academic Affairs Committee.  The Department of Educational Services (DES), Dean of Students Offices (DOS), University Health and Counseling Services, Housekeeping, Human Resources (HR) and Department of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) are managed through University-wide structures.

The Learning and Teaching Unit provides all support for the delivery of the Curriculum which is unique to the SVM, providing management of the instructional resources and outcomes assessment through the Term Program Directors of Terms 1-6.  Assistance is provided through the Learning and Teaching committee which is comprised of the
Term 1-6 Program Directors.  Horizontal integration of curriculum is achieved through the Course Directors of each term.  Vertical integration of curriculum is achieved through the Program Directors.

The Clinical Resources Unit is responsible for outcomes assessment of Terms 1-9 of our Curriculum.  The unit is also responsible for the year four academic program.  The activities are coordinated through the Outcomes Assessment Group, which reports to the Associate Dean of Clinical Resources.

The Research Unit provides all support for the administration of faculty and student research within the School.  The research unit is also responsible for outreach and graduate studies.  The research focus areas are:  Public Health (Epidemiology, Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, Food Safety, Water Quality and Ecosystem Health); Marine Medicine (Aquarium Fish, Food Fish, Marine Turtles and Coral Toxicology); and Teaching Methodologies.

The Student Unit provides support for all academic and nonacademic student support services through the DOS and DES.  The unit is responsible for the work of the Academic Progress Committee.  The Student Government representative and other SVM student organization representatives meet with the SVM Assistant Dean of Students.

The Information Resources Unit coordinates the needs of the SVM Library and Information Resources through the University.  Information Technology (IT) and the University Library Services are managed through University-wide structures.

The Clinical Services Unit is responsible for providing the resources for the academic programs.  The Unit is responsible for providing the resources for Small and Large Animal Clinical Skills.  The Unit is also responsible for the Physical Facilities and Equipment Standard which includes the Health and Safety Program of the School.

The management decision-making body of the SVM, which meets bimonthly, is the SVM Management Team (SVMMT) and it consists of the following:  Dean, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Academic Programs; Associate Deans, Learning and Teaching, Clinical Resources, Research, Information Resources and Students; Director, Clinical Services and Academic Program Directors.  The Associate and Assistant Deans and Program Directors lead strategic development in the functional areas above, supported by senior faculty and staff in the units.  All significant budgets are administered through the Academic Programs.

Faculty Governance

While management decisions are made by SVMMT, the SVM’s academic governance is assisted by its committees which are open to all academic members of the faculty.  The SVM has several academic committees that report on a regular basis and those relationships are defined by the SVM Bylaws.  There is student (and/or graduate student) representation on most of the committees.

There are analogous higher-level University committees that reflect the role of the School committees.  The decision-making body of the University is the University Council of Deans (UCD).  The University Senate is a forum for faculty and students and serves as a vital advisory role for the University governance.

The organization and composition of the School of Veterinary Medicine reflects the higher-level structures of the University and allows all required legal, academic and fiscal governance metrics to be addressed adequately.  The budget approval comes from the Chief Financial Officer and the Board of Trustees.  The final decision on how to spend the money comes from the UCD.  The final decision on how to spend the money comes from the UCD.

St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine is fully authorized by the government of Grenada to confer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree upon those candidates who successfully complete its rigid academic requirements.  The SVM is listed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and our graduates qualify for entrance into the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) certification programs.

St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine/Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Partnership

Effective immediately, St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine will offer its student body the opportunity to perform its fourth year clinical rotations at world-renowned Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.This partnership will broaden SGUSVM students’ experiences by providing practical, hands-on experience that allows them to translate theory into practice and develop the level of confidence that can only come from participating in such a respected program.

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Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1894, and is recognized internationally as a leader in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine and veterinary medical education. It is consistently ranked at the top of the U.S. News and World Report’s list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”  As part of the State University of New York at Cornell University, the College is located on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, N.Y., and is one of only three veterinary medical colleges in the Northeast.

“The partnership with St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine presents a wonderful opportunity for Cornell University to participate in the education of these bright and committed students,” said Michael I. Kotlikoff, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “The next generation of veterinarians will need to be dedicated, passionate, and talented, and we look forward to helping St. George’s students to assume a leadership role in society and our profession.”

St. George’s University’s partnership with Cornell expands the University’s total number of veterinary medical college affiliates to 29, with 23 of the 28 U.S. schools now offering clinical training for St. George’s students.  This affiliation further enhances the University’s mission to provide an internationally based veterinary medical education with worldwide practice application through superior instructional programs, public service and clinical research exposure.

Second “One Health, One Medicine” Clinic a Success

news-2one-health-one-med-groupOn Saturday, March 1st, 15 SVM and 30 SOM student volunteers joined forces for the second “One Health, One Medicine” Clinic, a collaborative effort delivering valuable health care and information to members of the community. The response was tremendous, with many individuals receiving assistance at the River Salle Government School in the parish of St. Patrick.

The “One Health, One Medicine” Clinic was first spearheaded in November 2007, by SVM student Brittany King, and the credo was again brought to life in this important event. The concept focuses on the convergence of animal, human and ecosystem health; addressing them collectively is critical to improving health care worldwide.

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The Student Affiliate of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SAAVMA) assembled 50 doggie goodie bags which included educational literature on rabies, important contact information, a Zoonotic track sheet and bright green “#1 Paw Print” bandanas.

Although March 1st was only days before midterms, students were eager to participate in the Clinic.  SVM and SOM volunteers set up their respective facilities on the grounds of the River Salle Government School, with the SOM portion of the clinic using the school itself to perform various diagnostic procedures. According to Lorenzo Zanotti, President of AMSA, over 125 patients, from infants to the elderly, were examined.

news-2one-health-one-med-2With the assistance of the Pediatric Club and Women in Medicine (WIM), subgroups of AMSA, a complete patient history was taken to help determine the primary medical concern and complaint.  All patients were evaluated for glucose level, auditory and visual capacity, respiratory rate and blood pressure.  Volunteers from WIM performed breast exams for the women.  Lorenzo explained that patients were also provided with educational materials as well as important contact information for healthcare professionals in the area.

Brittany King, a 4th term SVM student, SAAVMA class representative and SGUSVM Safety Committee representative, credits St. George’s University for its help in organizing the event and providing support services, faculty supervision and clinical support.  Brittany hopes the “One Health, One Medicine” Clinic becomes a self-sustaining endeavor and continues each term for many years to come.

School of Veterinary Medicine White Coat Ceremony Held on January 22, 2008

larry corryOn January 22, 2008, the 18th White Coat Ceremony of the School of Veterinary Medicine was held at Bell Lecture Hall. Dr. Michele Consiglio, an SGUSVM alumnus, welcomed all attendees to the symbolic celebration. Dr. Larry R. Corry delivered the keynote address to the incoming class of 66 men and women from 13 countries around the world.

Dr. Corry served 15 years in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates as either a delegate or alternate delegate from Georgia.  Throughout his career as a small animal practitioner, Dr. Corry has owned five hospitals.  He currently owns two hospitals and is a shareholder in two emergency clinics.

Dr. Corry received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Georgia in 1966.  Following graduation he spent two years in the US Air Force Veterinary Corps.  He has been very active in state and local veterinary medical organizations, including the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) with service as District Director, Treasurer, President and Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee.  His honors include University of Georgia Veterinary Alumnus of the Year, University of Georgia Distinguished Service Award and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinarian of the Year in 1992.

As he addressed the students, Dr. Corry advised them to “taste what the different careers (in veterinary medicine) are…explore, try to find out what you really like.”  He also stressed the importance of getting involved in their local community through various groups and civic organizations to enhance their client relationships.

The students’ enthusiasm was abundant as several expressed their excitement to begin what is for many a lifelong dream.  Jamaican vet student Annizette Slowley said, “I have always lovedanimals… there is a real need in the marine field. I want to work with marine animals. Although I lived in New Jersey, USA for 10 years, I am from Jamaica and coming to Grenada feels like coming home… I feel like I’m accomplishing something. .. I have the white coat; now I will earn it.”

Another incoming SVM student also from Jamaica expressed an interest in Public Health with a focus in the area of meat inspection, ensuring that safety standards are maintained for consumption. His comment seemed to convey the spirit of the event, “I feel great; and I feel that I’m on the right track in choosing Grenada and St. George’s University as the means of accomplishing my dreams and my desire to serve mankind.”