Brandon University and St. George’s University Sign Education Agreement for Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Students will have new options to get a degree in medicine or veterinary medicine, thanks to a new agreement between Brandon University (BU) and Saint George’s University.

(left to right) Brandon University President, Dr. Gervan Fearon, and Dr. P. Benjamin Robinson, Assistant Director of Admission – Canada, for St. George's University

(left to right) Brandon University President, Dr. Gervan Fearon, and Dr. P. Benjamin Robinson, Assistant Director of Admission – Canada, for St. George’s University


The two institutions today signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow students to obtain medical or veterinary degrees at Saint George’s, in Grenada, after taking either a three- or four-year pre-professional science degree at BU.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for students at Brandon University to broaden their cultural and geographic horizons while furthering their education,” said Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science Dr. Austin Gulliver. “There is very strong demand for physicians and veterinarians in Manitoba, and this agreement helps us educate Manitoba students to help meet that demand.”

Manitoba’s Labour Market Forecast predicts that there will be 1,300 job openings for physicians, dentists and veterinarians by 2021.

After two years at Saint George’s, medical students will take another two years in clinical rotation at affiliated hospitals in the Canada, the United States or the United Kingdom. Students of veterinary medicine will take three years at Saint George’s, followed by a year of clinical rotation at affiliated veterinary schools in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, or Ireland.

”We are very excited to be announcing this agreement with Brandon University,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President and CEO of St. George’s University. “With the need for physicians and veterinarians on the rise in Canada – particularly in rural areas – we look forward to addressing this shortage by expanding the opportunities for BU students to receive a high-quality, international education here in Grenada.”

This new agreement builds on existing agreements that BU has for students to obtain a medical degree at the University of Manitoba, or a veterinary medicine degree at the University of Saskatchewan.

Brandon University President, Dr. GervanFearon, said that the new international agreement was a natural fit for the two institutions. “We are advancing our international activities at BU by increasing international student recruitment and providing our students with more opportunities for international experience,” Dr. Fearon said. “Today’s agreement reflects this broad internationalization theme at Brandon University.”

“In today’s world, it is important for students, citizens and universities to look globally for the best solutions,” he said. “Not only have we found a great partner in Saint George’s, but our partnership helps us supply solutions right here in Brandon and in Manitoba.”

Published on 4/21/16

St. George’s University and University Of Delaware Launch Medical, Veterinary Partnership

St. George’s University and the University of Delaware announced a new partnership which will enable qualified University of Delaware undergraduates to pursue advanced medical and veterinary degrees at St. George’s University in Grenada.

University of Delaware partnership hand shake

“We are thrilled to welcome the University of Delaware into our growing University community,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President and CEO of St. George’s University. “By further expanding our network of partners, we are continuing to provide a pathway for students from around the world to pursue medical and veterinary education.”

Upon receiving their bachelor’s degree, qualified students from the University of Delaware will have the option to pursue a degree in medicine or veterinary medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada. Students in St. George’s School of Medicine will complete their first two years of medical study in Grenada and their final two years in U.S. or U.K. clerkship programs. Those in the veterinary school will spend three years in Grenada before completing their final clinical year elsewhere.

University of Delaware partnership campus

The University of Delaware joins a diverse group of over 15 colleges and universities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada that have partnered with St. George’s University. The University also has similar partnerships with Mahidol University International College in Thailand and schools in Bermuda, Grenada, Hong Kong, Guyana, and Uganda.

“This agreement further enhances our relationship with St. George’s University and will provide our students with the opportunity to continue their journey to becoming professionals in the fields of medicine and veterinary medicine,” said Lynn Okagaki, UD deputy provost for academic affairs.

“We are pleased today to announce that the University of Delaware has entered into an agreement with St. George’s University in the West Indies that will expand opportunities for qualified UD students to pursue a career in medicine or veterinary medicine,” said David Barlow, director of the Center Premedical/Health Profession Studies. “It is designed for students who are certain that they want to become physicians or veterinarians and who desire a program of study that blends the scientific aspect of these professions in a highly diverse international setting.”

Published on 3/28/16

An Amazing Profession Spring 2016 DVM Class Begins Its Journey

The newest class of veterinary students at St. George’s University donned the emblematic White Coat and recited the Oath of Professional Commitment, signifying their entry into the profession of veterinary medicine on January 30.

SVM White Coat Spring 2016

“It’s an amazing and well-respected profession,” declared Dr. Jessica Harmon, DVM SGU ’13.  Dr. Harmon, this term’s emcee, welcomed and congratulated the incoming veterinary class.  “You made it,” she rejoiced, “but this is where the real work begins. This is the beginning of a long but very rewarding journey.”

Currently an associate at the McDavitt Veterinary Clinic in Zionsville, Indiana, Dr. Harmon credits her experience in Grenada as having shaped her successful career as a veterinarian. “The education I received at SGU went past knowledge,” she said. “It taught me to be a compassionate veterinarian and care for all of my patients.”

Attending his second School of Veterinary Medicine White Coat Ceremony was Dr. G. Richard Olds, Chief Executive Officer of St. George’s University and its first-ever President. “The White Coat Ceremony itself is relatively new, started by Columbia University in the early 1990s, with SGU being one of the first medical and veterinary schools to hold a White Coat Ceremony just three years later,” said Dr. Olds. “Symbolic of all health professions uniting in one health, the White Coat Ceremony is now almost universal. And so today, you too will go through the process of donning the white coat as you begin your health professional journey.”

As both a physician and a tropical disease specialist, Dr. Olds has spent most of his professional career working largely with veterinarians. “I know the importance of all the health care professionals who share in the unified theme of improving the health of our planet,” he stated.

Dr. Timothy Ogilvie , Dean of the SVM, shared four tips with the matriculating class that have served him well in his 41 years in the field of veterinary medicine. “Show up – because real change is made by those who show up and stick around. Keep up – don’t fall behind in your studies; this is a volume intensive program. Step up – colleagues, community members, and others will look to you for leadership. And lastly, cheer up – SGU is a great place and you’re going to have fun.” Dr. Ogilvie reminded the newly enrolled students, “You’re going to learn in an international environment, a cosmopolitan environment, and in a different culture. You have every opportunity to count your lucky stars and be cheerful.” He also took the opportunity to introduce his longtime friend and fellow Canadian, Dr. Trevor Ames, to deliver this year’s keynote address.

Twice a year for at least 10 years, Dr. Ames has been welcoming SGUSVM students to the University of Minnesota for their clinical year, where he currently serves as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Addressing the incoming students, Dr. Ames said,  “Today as you put on this coat you signify to those around you that you understand the professional, ethical, and social responsibilities of being a veterinarian.  “I would encourage you to not only think of today as your entry into veterinary school but also as your entry into the profession and begin practicing the ethical behavior and the responsible acts required of a graduate veterinarian.”

“The PAWS (Professional Attributes Workshop) training will not only help you succeed as a student but, after you graduate, those same traits will be just as important to your success as a veterinarian,” counseled Dr. Ames, “It’s as important as all of the facts and knowledge you will learn over the next four years.”

The School of Veterinary Medicine accepted its first class in August of 1999. In 2005, SGUSVM installed the first international chapter of Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society on campus, the Alpha Delta Chapter. In September 2011, the DVM program was granted full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) for seven years. Graduates, who come from 27 countries, have been licensed to practice in 47 US states, and in 10 countries around the world including Canada, the UK, and South Africa.

Published on 2/4/16

St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine Hosts Third Annual Caribbean Bee College

Working Together to Improve the Health, Productivity, and Sustainability of Bees

The American honey bee seems to be under siege. In the last year, U.S. beekeepers lost 42 percent of their colonies, another spike in a series of mass die-offs of epidemic levels.  However, when we talk about bee death, or colony collapse, we are talking about industrial honey bees— bees in managed colonies, utilized for the purpose of pollination. In Grenada, bee health is critical for the success of pollination-based agriculture, which produces over a third of the Grenadian diet. Thus, the honey bee’s resistance against parasites – parasitic mites in particular, is the most serious problem facing beekeepers in Grenada, the East Caribbean, and other Caribbean countries.

third annual caribbean bee college

In May, St. George’s University’s School of Veterinary Medicine’s East Caribbean Bee Research and Extension Centre (ECBREC) and Bee Research Laboratory held its third annual Caribbean Bee College to discuss this major concern and other topics such as; honey bee biology, research, and hive maintenance. Participants were treated to a myriad of lectures and workshops, some featuring hands-on learning experiences with live honey bee colonies and visits to Grenada’s local apiaries. The event was topped off with an evening Honey Show featuring honey and hive products including candles, colony art, photography, and honey wine known as Mead.

Beekeeping is an essential component of modern Grenadian agriculture, providing pollination services for agriculture crops and livestock feed, and adding US $2 million in value. The apiculture industry is one of the subsectors holding the greatest potential for transforming the agro-business sector with approximately 50 beekeepers producing between 3,000 and 7,000 gallons of honey per year valued at EC $126,000 to $540,000. Through pollination, it is thought that honey bees account for one-third of the world’s food, and their products serve many purposes, including healing wounds.

“ECBREC and the Bee Research Lab are dedicated to improving the health, productivity, and sustainability of bees in Grenada, the Eastern Caribbean, and the wider Caribbean,” said Dwayne Mitchell, Research and Apiary Manager at St. George’s University. “Our primary goal is to partner with beekeepers and other groups in the Caribbean in an effort to share information, tools, and resources that we hope will improve the sustainability of beekeeping among the islands.”

ECBREC currently carries out internationally recognized research in bee diseases, parasites, pests, husbandry, and pollination, to enhance knowledge of agriculture and livestock sustainability, ecology, behavior, and conservation. These study areas will contribute to the understanding of foraging behavior, defensive behavior and mechanisms that provide honey bees resistance especially against parasitic mites.

The Caribbean Bee College is a partnership between the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organizations, ECBREC and Bee Research Laboratory at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, the Honey Bee Research Extension Lab at the University of Florida, and individual beekeepers and other groups in the Caribbean. Through the support of key individuals and groups, the honey bee extension event serves as a learning experience for beekeepers, farmers, those in various bee-related industries and others interacting with honey bees and beekeeping at any level.


St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2015 Take Oath of Professional Commitment at White Coat Ceremony

Veterinary students brimming with excitement donned their white coats at the Fall 2015 White Coat Ceremony at St. George’s University and recited the Oath of Professional Commitment, symbolizing their entry into the veterinary profession.

svm wcc fall 2015

Having once sat where they are now, alumnus and Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Patrick Flynn, SGU DVM ’06, knew exactly how the matriculating class felt and counseled them to make the most of this opportunity. “As with your veterinary education, the sum of your career can only equal the effort you are willing to give and the sacrifices you are willing to make. Through the highs and lows you must always remember how truly blessed you are to be given the honor of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine,” Dr. Flynn said. “You’re blessed because you will be able to make a difference in the world; your actions and your conduct while performing them will have the power to change the lives of your patients and the people associated with them.”

Dr. Flynn’s sentiments were echoed by Dr. Allen Pensick, Provost of St. George’s University, who welcomed and congratulated the students. “The world needs more trained veterinarians, and by taking the oath tonight, you pledge your commitment to doing what’s needed to make things better for everyone.”

The Provost also took the opportunity to introduce, Dr. Richard Olds, the founding Dean at University of California Riverside Medical School and first-ever President and Chief Executive Officer at St. George’s University. Dr. Olds shared a brief history of the White Coat Ceremony, noting its association with the medical profession, the nursing profession, dentists, and many others in the healing arts. He also spoke of society’s earlier need for medicine to be guided by the scientific method, thus the white coat is also a lab coat.

“The purpose of the White Coat Ceremony is to remind you that, from the very first day you are involved as a health professional and you don the white coat, you also assume a great responsibility for your behavior,” Dr. Olds said. “How you carry yourselves, how you interact with people, with your patients, and with those you are attempting to help is a responsibility that will stay with you throughout your entire professional career.”

dr clark fobian

Dr. Clark Fobian, Immediate Past President for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and member of its Executive Board, gave the keynote address where he shared a study which professed that doctors who wore their white coats were rated 15 percent higher in competency, knowledge, and clinical skills by their patients than those who did not. He discarded his own jacket in favor of a crisp white coat to emphasize his point.

“You are coming into a family, not just a profession,” said Dr. Fobian. “There are approximately 100,000 veterinarians currently practicing in the US. That may sound unimpressive, but the impact that veterinarians have on their communities and on society far exceeds those numbers.”

St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine was first established in August 1999, followed six years later by the installation of the first international chapter of Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society on campus, the Alpha Delta Chapter. In September 2011, the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education announced its full accreditation of the St. George’s University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program for seven years. The School of Veterinary Medicine continues to strive toward being leaders in providing veterinary knowledge and technology, while expanding its curriculum and adding new state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms.


American University of Nigeria and St. George’s University Enter into a Joint Program leading to the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Students of the American University of Nigeria now have the opportunity to pursue medicine and veterinary medicine studies at St George’s University, Grenada, West Indies (SGU), after completion of their studies at AUN.

This new cooperative venture is open to students who meet all the requirements for enrollment in the combined programs leading to the pursuit of a career in medicine. Such students must successfully complete the relevant combined courses in the pre-medicine and pre-veterinary medicine programs in AUN’s program in Natural & Environmental Sciences major.
They must also show a competitive grade point average while in the science major at AUN Upon meeting all AUN and St George’s admission criteria, they will then proceed to the SGU Schools of Medicine or Veterinary Medicine to obtain the MD or DVM degree.

At the SGU School of Medicine, admitted students will complete the first two years of medical study in Grenada and then the final two of this combined program in clinical rotations at affiliated hospitals in the US and or the UK. Students who qualify for veterinary medicine will be eligible to complete the first three years of study in SGU and their final clinical year at affiliated veterinary schools in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, or Ireland.

“We are pleased to have an opportunity to welcome students to SGU from the American University of Nigeria,” said Charles R. Modica, Chancellor at St. George’s University. “This collaboration between SGU and AUN further supports our mission of academic excellence and global medicine as we prepare these students to excel in their studies and in their careers.”
For more information please visit the AUN and SGU websites.

St. George’s University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from over 140 countries to the island of Grenada, West Indies. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University has contributed over 15,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals who are studying across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities. For more information, visit

St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine Graduates Class of 2015

More than 1,000 DVM Degrees Conferred on Graduates Since 1999

With each round of applause during the St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine commencement ceremony at Lincoln Center, Class of 2015 graduates had the opportunity to congratulate and celebrate with their colleagues, the newest class of veterinarians to come from SGU. All together, St. George’s University conferred Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees to 105 graduates who came to Grenada from 32 US states and eight countries on June 16, 2015, at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

svm graduation 2015

“When you first assembled in Grenada at the White Coat Ceremony four years ago, you knew that you were four years away from your lifelong dreams, but you also knew that a lot of hard work laid ahead,” said Charles R. Modica, St. George’s University Chancellor. “You have my utmost respect for what you have achieved, and I think you have the respect and love of all those who are here today.”

Among the 2015 graduates was Anais Alamo, DVM SGU ’15. Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Alamo spent three years in Grenada before doing one year of clinical training at the University of Tennessee. She looks forward to beginning her career as a veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Pembroke Pines, FL, this summer.

“It’s emotional because ever since you were little, you dream of what you’re going to become in the future,” she said. “Finally you can look back and see everything you went through to get where you are right now, and you can say ‘I did it.’ It’s such an amazing feeling. I’m very excited.”

The daughter of an allergist, Christine Gerardi, DVM SGU ’15, grew up around medicine, but she was drawn to the veterinary side while doing her undergraduate studies at James Madison University in Virginia. After having earned her DVM at SGU, she will join a small animal practice in Arlington, VA, this summer.

“I come back today and see my classmates who are family to me, I see my professors who I miss, and it really makes you realize what an amazing experience it was,” Dr. Gerardi said. “I would do it all over again if I had to.”

The Class of 2015 included six students who transferred to SGU from the American University of Antigua, which closed its veterinary school in 2011. In addition, SGU bestowed the Distinguished Service Medal to Dr. James Smallwood, Professor of Veterinary Anatomy and Radiology, North Carolina State University, and Visiting Professor in Anatomy and Radiographic Anatomy at SGU. Dr. Smallwood was recognized for his longtime contributions to SGU. In his address to the crowd, Dr. Smallwood reflected on his own career and wished the Class of 2015 the best of luck in theirs.

“Being a veterinarian is one of the most wonderful things that has ever happened to me, and I wish that in your career you’re blessed with as much happiness and reward as I was,” he said.

Graduates closed the ceremony by stating the customary Veterinarian’s Oath. SGU has now conferred DVM degrees to more than 1,000 veterinarians since the School of Veterinary Medicine opened its doors in 1999.

Dr. Springman is Always on the Move

A mobile veterinarian, Kim Springman, DVM SGU ’10, offers a nearly full-service veterinarian’s office within the confines of the Hometown Veterinary Clinic van.

St. George’s University and Rutgers University Launch Joint Veterinary Partnership

St. George’s University and Rutgers University today announced a new pre-veterinary program partnership in which select students with a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Rutgers may gain direct entrance into St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine. This new pathway further demonstrates SGU long standing relationship with the State of New Jersey and academic institutions and hospitals in the field of medical and veterinary education.


“This collaboration only strengthens St. George’s University’s relationship with another terrific academic institution and with the state of New Jersey,” SGU Chancellor Charles R. Modica said. “Each university has a proud tradition of producing graduates who will make a difference in the lives of animals both big and small, in the US and around the world.”

“The Animal Sciences program at Rutgers University has a long history of successfully preparing our students for admission to schools of veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Larry Katz, Senior Associate Director, NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and Professor, Animal Sciences. “This new relationship with St. George’s University provides a unique opportunity to offer qualified candidates the exciting opportunity to study veterinary medicine in a stimulating setting alongside students with diverse international backgrounds.”

Through the agreement, St. George’s University has set aside seats in their upcoming veterinary classes for qualified candidates from Rutgers. To qualify, Rutgers students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or better on their pre-veterinary courses, and a minimum score of 305 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Those accepted will complete three years of study at St. George’s University and one clinical year at one of SGU’s 29 affiliated universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland, upon which time they will earn their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Students who are interested in entering the program must submit their application by May 15 for the August class and October 15 for the January class.

“New Jersey currently doesn’t have any contract seats with out-of-state schools, so this is a great opportunity for New Jersey students to have seats reserved at an AVMA accredited school,” said Chadd Tindall, DVM SGU ’03, Director of the SVM Office of Career Guidance.

The connection with Rutgers joins recent veterinary medical partnerships forged with Long Island University, Springfield College, and the University of St. Thomas. For a complete list of the School of Veterinary Medicine’s academic partnerships, click here.

St. George’s University and King’s College Announce Seven-Year Medical and Veterinary Education Partnerships

St. George’s University and King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, have announced an articulation agreement to provide international options to students interested in medical or veterinary careers.

kings college

Qualified King’s students may begin their programs in medicine or veterinary medicine at St. George’s University after completing three years in the undergraduate college and after meeting all admission requirements to St. George’s.

“We are proud to welcome King’s College students to our University community,” said Charles R. Modica, Chancellor at St. George’s University. “We look forward to a long relationship with a school with such proud academic and ethical traditions.”

“The agreement with St. George’s University allows interested King’s students a unique opportunity to finish their bachelor’s degree studies at an international medical school,” said Dr. Fevzi Akinci, associate dean of the William McGowan School of Business at King’s and director and professor of the master’s program in health care administration. “The students will then be exposed to one of the finest international medical educational facilities for their professional studies and have a wealth of international options for their clinical rotations.”

In addition to this new partnership, St. George’s maintains partnerships in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada with the Niagara Christian Community of Schools, Regis College, City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X College, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)/Albert Dorman Honors College, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Caldwell University, Franklin Pierce University, St. Thomas University, University of the Sciences, Drexel University, Monmouth University, Widener University, Northumbria University, Abbey DLD Group of Colleges and University of the West of England. The University has similar partnerships with Mahidol University International College, Thailand and schools in Bermuda, Grenada, Hong Kong, Guyana, and Uganda.

About St. George’s University
St. George’s University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies, to its programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, science, and business. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University’s over 14,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region. For more information, visit

About King’s College
Founded in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1946 by the Congregation of Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame, King’s College offer 40 majors in Business, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Sciences and Allied Health programs, seven pre-professional programs and 11 concentrations to 2700 undergraduate and graduate students. For 19 straight years, King’s College has been ranked in the top tier of U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Colleges in the United States. King’s is also recognized as among the best master’s degree granting institutions in the country in a national ranking by Washington Monthly magazine.