In the fall of 2011, the St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2013 celebrated in Grenada when word came that the University has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Two years later, they gathered together once again, this time with their family and friends present, at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City to collectively rejoice once again.
On Friday, June 14, SGU’s School of Veterinary Medicine conferred Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees to 94 students, bringing its alumni total to more than 850 since its founding in 1999.
“The spirit you have is one of success and perseverance, and this is a spirit you have and are also qualities of the School of Veterinary Medicine,” Chancellor Charles R. Modica said to the 2013 class. “You have an attachment to animals that many may not understand, yet this affinity and love you have for over 10,000 species is admired and respected.”
The ceremony marked the 10-year anniversary of the University’s first SVM graduation, and to commemorate the milestone, charter class members presented Chancellor Modica with an award of appreciation, acknowledging his vision and determination for establishing the School of Veterinary Medicine and developing veterinary medical education at SGU.
In addition to the conferral of degrees, Chancellor Modica presented Dr. Richard Halliwell with a Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Halliwell has served as president of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (1984-1986), European College of Veterinary Dermatology (1994-1996), World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (2000-2008), and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (2003-2004).