Last updated on August 17th, 2021

STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION, RETENTION, AND GRADUATION

The faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine has specified the following academic standards, which all applicants/students are expected to meet in order to participate in the veterinary medical education program and the subsequent practice of veterinary medicine. The faculty reserves the right to place on academic or nonacademic probation, suspension, or request the withdrawal or dismissal of all students whose conduct, health, or academic performance would appear to render students unfit for the practice of veterinary medicine. The appropriate Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards, Disciplinary Panel (CAPPS), or administrator determines such actions. While on academic or nonacademic probation, the performance of the students must improve in accordance with the specific written instructions given to them by CAPPS or they risk dismissal.

ACADEMIC PROGRESS STANDARDS

The Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards (CAPPS) reviews the progress of all students at the end of each academic term. Based on its review of students’ progress, the Committee makes decisions on the progression and retention of students according to the following standards.

All students are expected to meet the qualitative and quantitative standards of the School of Veterinary Medicine. The quantitative standards relate to the progression of the students through the academic program in a timely fashion. The qualitative standards relate to the achievement of satisfactory grades, the successful completion of coursework and maintain the minimum standards set forth in the qualitative standard section below.

QUANTITATIVE STANDARD

Students will normally complete the veterinary medical program within four calendar years. The maximum time allowable is six calendar years. Students must successfully complete at least 50% of their cumulative credits attempted at the completion of their first two terms in order to maintain good academic standing.

Thereafter, in order to maintain good academic standing, students must successfully complete at least 67% of their cumulative credits attempted. Grades of “W”, “I”, “F” or “NG” count towards credits attempted, but not credit earned or successfully completed.

Failure to complete the program in the allotted time will result in a recommendation for dismissal by CAPPS. Normally, leaves of absence (LOAs) will not be granted for more than a total of 12 months from matriculation to graduation.

QUALITATIVE STANDARD

Progression into each succeeding term during the first year through the third year will be granted if students have fulfilled all of the following requirements:

  • Students have satisfactorily completed all courses required for that term in the curriculum.
  • Students have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
  • Students must have satisfied all outstanding grade requirements.

Progression into the final year will be granted if:

  1. students have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  2. students have no outstanding unsatisfactory grades (“D+”, “D”, “F”).

The following cumulative grade point average (GPA) standards are used for the evaluation of students by the CAPPS:

Cumulative GPA = 4.00

Students will be placed on the Provost’s List and promoted to the next term.

Cumulative GPA > or = 3.50

Students will be placed on the Dean’s List and promoted to the next term.

Cumulative GPA < 3.50 and >1.99

Students are making satisfactory progress and are promoted to the next term

Cumulative GPA < or = 1.99

Students will be placed on academic probation.

To complete the final year of the St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine curriculum successfully, students must comply with the rules and regulations of the SGU affiliated institutions where they are completing the final year of clinical training of the veterinary medical curriculum and must remedy all deficiencies accordingly.

Students must fulfill the following distribution of subject areas:

  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Large Animal Medicine
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Clinical Anesthesia
  • Electives

Students are eligible for graduation if they have passed all required courses in the veterinary medical curriculum.

NON-COGNITIVE SKILLS

In the event that the Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards, the Dean of Students, or the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine believes that students’ non-cognitive skills are not in accordance with the Code of Conduct nor the standards specific to the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Committee or Dean will require an assessment, which could include seeking relevant information about students’ personal adjustments, psychological, and/or medical status. When a deficiency that interferes with professional development as a future veterinarian is identified, the Committee can require intervention, place students on non-academic probation, suspend students, or send a dismissal letter.