When students enter the School of Veterinary Medicine, they take an academic oath reciting the following professional commitment at the White Coat Ceremony:
Being accepted into the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to further my knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and advancement of medical knowledge.
I will conduct my studies conscientiously, with dignity and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept my responsibility to assist my colleagues to achieve our mutual goal.
I acknowledge my obligation to adhere to the University’s Honor Code and to conduct myself with integrity and in an ethical manner at all times.
It is a privilege to have been given the opportunity to become a veterinarian. I will be ever conscious of that privilege and never abuse it.
THE OPTIMAL EDUCATIONAL TRACK FOR THE DVM PROGRAM
Most students complete the veterinary medical program at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine on an optimal track of four years. Students on this optimal track spend three years in Grenada studying preclinical, paraclinical, and clinical subjects before moving to affiliated schools of veterinary medicine to spend a final year in clinical rotations.
The optimal track is a continuum of terms with time off kept to a minimum. The terms in the first two years are progressive with each term being a prerequisite (“building block”) for the next. Breaks in this progression are disruptive; therefore, leaves of absence (LOA) are discouraged.
Since the mission of the School of Veterinary Medicine includes the preparation of students for entry into the profession of veterinary medicine, an orderly, satisfactory, academic progression is important. High achievement will place students more favorably in the rankings for clinical training and residency matching in the clinical years and beyond.
THE GLOBAL VETERINARY HEALTH (GVH) TRACK
The Global Veterinary Health (GVH) track provides our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students with a One Health One Medicine (OHOM) experience, conducted in a variety of international settings, embracing the School of Veterinary Medicine’s goal to think beyond.
The successful completion of the GVH track, which is delivered in parallel with the AVMA- accredited DVM degree, leads to the additional award of membership in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), once approved.
The RCVS is the veterinary regulatory body in the UK that requires the GVH track to be completed by our DVM students in order for the degree to be additionally accredited by them. Our DVM students who choose not to complete the GVH track requirements are still able to sit for the RCVS Statutory examination in order to register with the RCVS. This requirement is waived for students who complete the GVH track in addition to their DVM degree.
Third year Pre-Veterinary Foundation to Veterinary Medicine (FTV), and all DVM students entering the DVM four-year program are eligible to enroll in the GVH RCVS Accreditation track.
The GVH track is the DVM program with 64 additional courses: Extra Mural Studies (EMS)- Pre-Clinical, Preparatory and Clinical- totaling, 38 credits carried out during the vacation time of the DVM program: Transboundary Disease (1 credit); Food Hygiene and Meat Inspection (1 credit); and Veterinary Public Health- A Global Perspective with a virtual Abattoir Experience (1 credit). There is no extra course fee for the GVH track and the time to completion does not exceed the DVM program. Students should understand the rigor of the course, its requirements, and they must comply with the RCVS fitness to practice standards.
INDIVIDUAL ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM (IAP)
The optimal track may not suit all students. A good academic record at a decelerated pace is more important than a poor record in the optimal track. All students enrolled at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine will enter the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program; however, based on the recommendations of CAPPS, some students identified to be performing unsatisfactorily at the mid-term, will be allowed to pursue their studies based on IAP. Many of these students excel in IAP.
Students already in the program who encounter difficulties can also split their terms by withdrawing from some subjects while maintaining a balance of credit hours. Once the IAP terms are completed, students re-enter into the normal program track in order to remain within the timeline constraints as outlined (See Timeline Standard)
SPECIFIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS FOR DVM STUDENTS
In addition to participation in funded faculty research projects, the SVM has two programs specifically designed to pride in-depth, one-on- one faculty-mentored research opportunities for DVM students:
- The Island Veterinary Scholars Program (IVSP) immerses interested veterinary students into hypothesis-based research during the summer break. The DVM program includes instruction on research design, ethics and laboratory techniques currently being used in SVM research. The program exposes all participants to a variety of Grenada-focused research currently underway on the island. Participants are aligned with a faculty-mentored IVSP approved research project and proceed to own their part of the project from literature search to presenting their findings at the sponsored symposium held in the USA. The IVSP encompasses an entire summer program of 10 weeks by providing interactive lectures on scientific writing, guest speakers to discuss a variety of veterinary and OHOM topics (e.g. , IACUC [Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee], government-based research and public health implications of research), research-related field trips and laboratory-based workshops to teach a variety of research-related techniques.
- The Veterinary Scholars Research Initiative (VSRI) is designed for students who want more involvement in research with one-on-one faculty mentorship but are not pursuing the dual degree (DVM/MSc) option. Upon completion of all the requirements these students receive a “distinction in research” on their transcripts. The expectation is that they will actively participate in all aspects of the research process, including laboratory and field work, presentations and manuscript preparation. This intensive mentorship program is intended to provide motivated students with an in-depth research experience in a flexible time frame. Each successful applicant receives research support funded by the SVM research enhancement budget.
The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) is taken by all students requiring licensure in the United States and can be taken during the final clinical year. Students who will practice in the United Kingdom (UK) will take the membership examination of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) after graduation with the DVM degree. Students who are enrolled on our Global Veterinary Health (GVH) Track are upon graduation, automatically entitled to registration with the RCVS as this track is approved by them; no further examination is required.
RCVS registration entitles veterinary surgeons to practice in the UK. Note that with the UK leaving the European Union (EU), students should contact the relevant member state of the EU to check that state’s registration requirements.
SGU students and graduates are advised to check the registration or licensing requirements very carefully with the veterinary licensing authority of any/all countries where they wish to practice. Ultimately, it is their responsibility to see that their applications are properly processed in accordance with the requirements of the particular authority from which licenses are sought. The Office of the University Registrar maintains some information on the requirements for licensure in the 54 American jurisdictions, and in many international jurisdictions; however, the University is not an agent of any licensing authority.
For precise, up-to-date information, it is the responsibility of students or graduates to seek that information from the licensing agency in the region, state, or country where licensure is being sought.
NOTE: The following websites provide current licensing information: