Last updated on September 2nd, 2021

ADMISSION

Acceptance and Placement

Students in the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program have been reviewed and accepted by the Committee on Admission of the School of Veterinary Medicine into the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program as viable candidates in the continuum into the veterinary medical program. Though the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program curriculum is up to three years of study, students are accepted and placed into the first, second, or third year of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program according to the educational achievements documented by the Committee on Admission. If students are placed at an advanced level, this placement does not result in the award of credit hours, grades, or any transcript notation. Students’ placement is in a specific year and semester classification. Students are not permitted to accelerate their academic program. When appropriate, students may apply for advanced standing or transfer credit through the Office of the University Registrar

BACHELOR OF BASIC VETERINARY MEDICAL SCIENCES DEGREE PROGRAM (BS/DVM)

Students in the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program, especially those admitted to the first year of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program, may choose to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in addition to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. In order to accomplish this goal, however, appropriate guidance is needed at the beginning of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program in order to ensure that all requirements are met. The students who wish to complete the BS degree should, therefore, inform the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program Director and the Office of the University Registrar of their intentions during their first semester of matriculation. All requirements for the Bachelor of Basic Veterinary Medical Sciences Degree must be met before it is awarded.

Where appropriate, Pre-Veterinary medical students who wish to obtain the combined BS/ DVM degree may apply for advanced standing or transfer credits through the Office of the University Registrar. Transfer or advanced standing credits can be awarded provided that a minimum of 71 credits towards the BS Degree are completed at St. George’s University through the completion of the prescribed curriculum for Year 3 of the Pre-Veterinary medical program and Year 1 of the DVM degree program.

Credit is granted for the BS/DVM degree only for documented appropriate coursework for Year 3 of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program and Year 1 of the DVM Degree Program. Only courses with a grade obtained of “C” or better will be considered for credit. Transfer credits from academic partner institutions will be assessed according to the agreement of cooperation in place at that time.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that all related documentation, including official transcripts, grading policy, and official course descriptions are sent directly to the Office of the University Registrar, who, in turn, will forward all the documentation to the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program Office for assessment.

Students may request the opportunity to simultaneously complete the Bachelor of Basic Veterinary Medical Sciences Degree late in the program; however, they may be precluded from doing so due to program and time restraints.

REGISTRATION

All students in the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program are registered by the Office of the University Registrar based on registration forms received by Faculty Advisors.  Students are required to complete check-in on or before the first day of classes each term as scheduled by the Office of the University Registrar.

Check-In

In order to check-in for the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program, students must have financial, academic and health insurance clearance. Students who are not in good financial standing are required to work with the Office of Student Finances to receive permission for provisional or full registration. Students should not proceed to Grenada without financial and academic clearance.

New students who are not pre-registered into specific courses must first meet with their academic advisor to determine their course schedule for the semester.

If students have paid in full for all previous academic terms but have not yet paid for the upcoming/current term, students will be reviewed by the Office of Student Finances and may be approved for a payment plan. If approved, the student is permitted to register for classes.

EXAMINATIONS

EXAMINATION ATTENDANCE

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each registered course. If, due to extreme extenuating circumstances, students are unable to be present for an examination, the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program students must follow the same procedures as found in the DVM Program and approval must be obtained from the Director of the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program.

The University faculty recognize that exams are an integral part of training in the DVM program and expect all students to comply with all examination policies and attend all exams on their scheduled dates. It is expected that exams will only be missed in exceptional circumstances where illness, catastrophic or other pre-validated reasons preclude a student’s adherence to the exam schedule.

Students who fail to appear for an examination without a valid reason for doing so will receive a grade of zero (“0”) for the examination.

Students who miss an examination due to catastrophic event may be allowed to sit a re-scheduled examination within the term if the course director is notified of the excuse by the Dean of Students or the Director of the PV Program.

COMPLETION EXAMINATIONS

Students who receive an approved Incomplete (“I”) for an exam must take a Completion Examination as scheduled. Failure to sit scheduled examinations results in an exam grade of zero (“0”). Students who take a medical excuse for a final examination must expect to stay in Grenada for the completion examination.

Pre-Veterinary Medical Science Comprehensive Examination (PVSCE)

All students must take this examination at the conclusion of the final year of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program. The examination is comprehensive for the final year of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program.

If students fail the PVSCE, the Pre-Veterinary Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards will determine if students are:

  • permitted to take a re-sit of the examination at the start of the next semester; or
  • required to repeat coursework and take the PVSCE at the conclusion of the semester; or
  • dismissed from the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program.