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?”