VIRMP 2024: 28 SGU Students Secure Competitive Veterinary Internship and Residency Positions

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Twenty-eight students and graduates of St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine secured competitive internship and residency positions within the 2024 Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP).  

SGU-trained veterinarians achieved a match rate of 51.8 percent, in line with the match rate of 51.5 percent for all veterinary schools—including those in the US, according to data released by the VIRMP, a program sponsored by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC).

Beginning in June, the veterinarians will begin their specialized training in areas such as small animal internal medicine, emergency and critical care, surgery, dermatology, orthopedic medicine, and more. These positions are situated at prestigious institutions within the SVM’s network of clinical affiliates as well as specialty hospitals across the US and Canada.

“Congratulations to all who matched in this year’s VIRMP,” said Dr. Neil Olson, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. “The hard work that students put in to make their dreams come true has been reflected in these hard-won internships and residencies. It is a true testament to the dedication they have to the veterinary profession, and to the desire to contribute to the betterment of animal healthcare. I hope that students will continue use these opportunities to learn and grow as professionals and to make SGU proud.”

Students shared their reactions to learning they matched and their advice for future veterinarians.

Whitney McCoy, DVM '23

Whitney McCoy, DVM ’23

Matched: Animal Dermatology Clinic, Dallas, TX
Current location: Small animal rotating intern at Iowa State University

What was your reaction to matching in the VIRMP? Are you happy with the outcome?
Dr. McCoy: I was thrilled to see I matched with my top choice!

How does the residency fit within your career plans?
Dr. McCoy: A dermatology residency in private practice will help me achieve my goal of becoming a board-certified veterinary dermatologist in my hometown of Jackson, MS.

What is your top piece of advice to veterinary students?
Dr. McCoy: Believe in yourself and your abilities. Know that veterinary medicine isn’t one size fits all, so find the niche that makes you happy and never give up on your dreams, even if they seem unattainable.

What was your SGU experience?
Dr. McCoy:
Attending SGU was a truly transformative experience that gave me much more than just a veterinary education. I gained invaluable life lessons, formed lifelong friendships, and received a diverse and comprehensive education that has helped me excel in my career.

Lauren Smith, DVM '24 (expected)

Lauren Smith, DVM ’24 (expected)

Matched: Red Bank Veterinary Hospital (Red Bank, NJ)
Current location: Completing clinical year at the University of Georgia

What was your reaction to matching in the VIRMP? Are you happy with the outcome?
Ms. Smith:
I am very excited! I have heard really great things from other veterinarians, interns, and residents who know colleagues that went through the same program. I will also be close to a few friends that I made while in Grenada which is so exciting.

What are your ultimate career aspirations?
Ms. Smith: Completing a one-year small animal rotating internship is the stepping stone to most residency programs. My ultimate goal is to complete a residency in radiology and diagnostic imaging so that I can become a board-certified veterinary radiologist (DACVR).

What key piece of advice can you offer to aspiring veterinarians?
Ms. Smith:
Don’t give up! It took me three application cycles to get accepted into veterinary school and now I’m on my way to an internship program. You get out of your education what you put into it, so always be enthusiastic and willing to learn/try new things.

Why did you choose SGU?
Ms. Smith:
I knew a few veterinarians who went to SGU, and I really admired their work ethic and thought process when working up cases. They really enjoyed their time in Grenada and recommended the program to me. I was also excited about living in a new place as I love to travel.



— Laurie Chartorynsky


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