Princeton Review: St. George’s University vet grad is well prepared for future, obtains competitive surgical residency in Pennsylvania.

Nicole Salas has a promising future as a veterinary surgeon. A 2005 St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine grad, Nicole has earned a competitive surgical residency at 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, N.J., 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 in Grenada 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 sciences, taught on SGU’s True Blue Campus in Grenada, West Indies, 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 during their years in Grenada.

“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 know 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. “Even though spots are very limited, having known Nicole for the past several years, it’s no surprise that she obtained a surgical residency,” says Jeffrey Bates, Veterinary Enrollment Counselor at SGU.

“Her passion and knowledge for veterinary medicine has 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 for her to follow her life-long 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. They prepared me to be a great veterinarian and it’s a great and safe study environment.”

About St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine

The School of Veterinary Medicine, established in 1999, has become a sanctuary for aspiring veterinarians worldwide. It advances the University’s evolution as an international institution that offers a broad range of educational and professional training opportunities.

The School continues to keep pace with the latest in veterinary knowledge and technology, expanding its curriculum and adding new, state-of-the-art laboratories. The University’s True Blue Campus is an architectural masterpiece on the southwestern corner of Grenada, on a peninsula overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Published on 5/30/07