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P.O. Box 32330
Regatta Park, Leeward Four
Grand Cayman KY1-1209
CAYMAN ISLANDS, BWI
St. Matthew's University
12124 High Tech Avenue, Suite 350 SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Orlando, FL 32817
800-498-9700 “Improving Life By Degrees”
Volume 2, No.II; 2008 Grand Cayman • British West Indies
St. Matthew’s University
School of Veterinary Medicine
A T T H Official Catalog
. W 2008-2010
Grand Cayman • British West Indies
William C. Wagner
DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT
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CONTENTS W elcome to the School of Medicine at St. Matthew’s University.
We are pleased that you have chosen to launch your career in veterinary medicine in our program. Opportunities exist for a variety
of careers within the veterinary profession, including clinical practice, public health, cutting-edge research on biomedical problems
important to both animals and humans, environmental medicine, aquatic and other exotic species medicine and corporate or
government agency leadership positions. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Medical Association have
both embraced the concept of “One-Health,” which is opening new avenues of cooperation between veterinary and medical
Credentials • Location....2
researchers and practitioners. Our close contact with the School of Medicine here at St. Matthew’s provides opportunities for
Mission....3 collaborative seminars, research and teaching. A particular area of cooperation will be with zoonotic parasites and diseases.
What's Around Campus....4 We continue to expand our faculty roster, adding internationally recognized scientists, including board certified diplomats in fields
such as surgery, internal medicine, public health, animal behavior and toxicology. With our faculty numbers expanding as our
student enrollment is increasing, we continue to maintain a low student to faculty ratio. The still relatively small class size provides
Admissions....8-11 unique learning opportunities with close student-faculty interactions. We seek to have our faculty provide and exhibit professional
Financial Aid Options & Obligations....12 role models for our students as they move through the program.
The recent addition of our new Clinical Teaching Facility has accelerated our interactions with the Cayman Department of Agriculture
and the livestock owners on Grand Cayman. As a result our students travel to farms, learn large animal handling techniques and
expand their knowledge and skills in diagnostic and treatment procedures. Our use of grand round presentations, in which students
Semester I -II....15 present brief case descriptions and answer questions from both students and faculty, facilitates the integration of basic sciences with
Semester III -IV....16 clinical courses. Our emphasis is on academic process and growth.
Grand Cayman is a beautiful setting and may be a pleasant distraction for our students. There are numerous opportunities for
Semester V -VI....17
students to participate in community service activities including beach cleanup, the turtle farm, setting up databases for stray pets,
Semester VII....18 etc. These can serve as a change of pace from the studies you are here to undertake. We look forward to meeting you and welcome to
Academic Performance....19-21 St. Matthew’s University.
Standards of Behavior and Academic Honesty....22
William C. Wagner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT
School of Veterinary Medicine Leadership....24-25
Providing, Helping, Motivating,
Creating & Engaging
St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine was established in 2005.
At the core of our mission is a commitment to the success of our students. Our
Charters and Accreditations Grand Cayman aim is to provide qualified students from around the globe with the best
veterinary training available. St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary
•The Government of the Cayman Islands, B.W.I. has fully Within the vibrant blue waters of the Caribbean is Grand Medicine develops socially responsible veterinarians skilled in the art and
chartered the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Matthew’s Cayman, one of the three Cayman Islands. Not only does Grand
University. Cayman offer some of the most pristine beaches and world-class
science of veterinary medicine. We are committed to achieving our mission by:
•The School is an Affiliate Member of the Association of diving, it boasts numerous attractions, shopping opportunities
American Veterinary Medical Colleges. and points of interest, including the capital city of Georgetown. • Providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to practice veterinary
•Graduates can pursue licensure to practice by either of two As the largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman offers many medicine in the 21st century.
routes: the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary familiar amenities and modern conveniences from dining to
Graduates (ECFVG) or the National Board of Veterinary Medical transportation, entertainment and healthcare. You are sure to
• Helping students acquire the judgment and confidence necessary to become
Examiners, which uses the PAVE exam followed by the National feel at home.
Cayman Islands • British West Indies
Veterinary Licensing Examination. competent veterinarians.
Only 480 miles from Miami, Florida, 50 miles south of Cuba and
Cayman Islands, B.W.I.
180 miles northwest of Jamaica, the island is easily accessible. • Motivating students to pursue knowledge outside the classroom, both during
There are at least 55 flights per week entering Grand Cayman their tenure at St. Matthew's and throughout life.
and 28 from Miami, Florida alone. Major carriers such as
Cayman Airways, American Airlines, Continental, Delta,
Northwest and US Air offer direct flights from major cities
• Creating an environment in which students and faculty interact with each
including Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Boston, New York, other, their patients, and the community with compassion and integrity.
Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston, Tampa, Orlando,
Miami and London. • Engaging faculty and students in the understanding and active practice of re-
search which furthers their knowledge of the process of science and increases
their appreciation of the balance between research and the artful practice of
What’s Around Campus Cayman Life
The Cayman Islands' remarkable success as a financial chicken and pork at roadside stands across the island, there is
center and tourist destination has transformed the nation into something for everyone.
a dynamic society that has every modern convenience but still Diners can choose from traditional Caymanian,
retains the charm and vibrancy of the Caribbean. People from Mediterranean, American, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Tex Mex
more than 100 countries live and work in this British Overseas restaurants, or even familiar franchises like Burger King,
Territory, creating a lively and unique blend of cultures. Wendy's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Domino’s Pizza. Choices
range from 5-star Sushi to pasta Alfresco served by serenading
While the diverse accents and idioms of Caymanians, Italian waiters.
Jamaicans, Europeans, Hondurans, and Filipinos may take How about Tea at the Ritz? The Ritz Carlton, Cayman serves an
some getting use to, there is no denying the hospitality of the elegant tea with all the trimmings in the Silver Palm Lounge
local people, the superb weather, stunning beaches and great every afternoon (pre-booking highly recommended).
restaurants and nightlife that make the transition to this new Craving for local food, such as turtle stew, fish rundown and
country easy, as well as exciting. stewed conch, can be satisfied at Caymanian hot-spots like
As an integral part of this exceptional community, St Matthew's Welly's Cool Spot, Champion House and Corita's Copper
offers students a quality of life that few universities in any part Kettle.
of the world can match.
The Cayman Islands: Some of the most vibrant coral reef systems in the world exist
• Provides world class health care system with one of the in Cayman waters, which offer wonderful opportunities to
highest ratios of physicians to its population in the scuba dive, snorkel and swim in tropical seas that are warm year
•Enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the Since the main campus and residence halls are just steps away
world. from the famous Seven Mile Beach, students can literally walk
•Offer stability, a strong tourism trade, a safe community, out of their class and across the street for a quick swim, snorkel,
and highly developed technology and health care sunset volleyball game, or even to study on the beach.
resources. The calm waters and 200-foot visibility under water make the
• Has one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean. Cayman Islands an ideal place to build experience and
confidence in scuba diving and snorkeling. Divers and
Country Per Capita GDP Physicians per 1,000 Crimes per snorkelers can swim with the friendly rays at Stingray City, or
Cayman Islands $39,801(c) 1.4(c) 5,416(c) experience the magic of swimming among a school of
Dominica $3,800(d) 0.5(e) 8,845(a) Yellowtail fish, or see up close various species of turtles,
Grenada $3,900(d) 0.5(e) 10,117(a) parrotfish, lobster, eels, sea urchins and squid that populate
St. Kitts $8,200(d) 1.19(e) 5,543(a)
St. Maarten $15,374(b) 1.28(b) 6,265(b) the famous coral reefs.
USA $43,500(d) 2.56(e) 4,118(d) As a premier dive destination, Cayman has a wide choice of
local dive operators that offer beginner and advanced scuba
(a) Harriott, Anthony (2002). Crime Trends in the Caribbean courses, as well as affordable dive trips for certified divers. For
and Responses. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. those with hectic schedules or divers who want to avoid a
(b) Statistical Info. (2007) Central Bureau of Statistics, crowded dive boat, there are plenty of gorgeous dive sites that
Netherlands Antilles - Website are an easy swim from shore.
(c ) Compensium of Statistics (2005). Economics and
Statistics Office, Government of the Cayman Islands. Leisure & Recreation
(d) CIA World Factbook Aside from the word class diving, Cayman has a plethora of
(e) World Health Organization Statistical Information System activities and points of interest. From Stingray City where you
- Website can swim with the rays, to the Cayman Islands National
Museum which overlooks George Town harbor and houses
shopping • dining • banking • health & beauty • leisure Dining natural and cultural histories, Cayman offers a unique mix of
In the last five years, Cayman has emerged as a culinary island entertainment. Just like at home, Hollywood Theaters
playground for chefs and a paradise for people who at Camana Bay offers a state of the art, six screen, stadium
appreciate excellent food. From Haute Cuisine, to casual seating cinema. With over 33 sporting associations you are
waterfront bars and restaurants, to Jamaican-style quot;Jerkquot; bound to find a league whether its baseball, cricket, cycling or
soccer. There also multiple gyms on the island as well as Food Fair and Kirk Supermarket have in-store pharmacies Transportation
endless water sports including diving, sailing clubs, and open 12 hours a day. There are many options for navigating the island. People from,
kayaking. For a list of local health care contacts please visit all the major European countries, most major English speaking
Nightclubs along Seven Mile Beach provide a wide choice of http://www.caymanchamber.ky/relocation/healthcare.htm countries (including the United States, New Zealand, Australia,
dancing, including hip-hop, reggae, disco, rave, country and or http://www.caymannewresident.com/page_id_11.html. Canada and South Africa), and the following Caribbean
western, and Latin. countries – Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and
Hotels and restaurants, such as the Wharf, Marriott and the Ritz Currency Trinidad and Tobago, are entitled to obtain a Cayman driving
Carlton, are sparking off new trends with themed nights on a Cayman has its own currency – the Cayman Islands Dollar license without having to take any further tests. If in doubt call
monthly or weekly basis, such as disco or smooth Latin beat by (CI$). The exchange rate is CI$1 = US$1.20. The cash rate is the Licensing Department on 945 8344 or visit
the pool. For a more casual experience, numerous bars and traded at CI$1 = US$1.25 which means that US$20 cash is worth www.geocities.com/bkkriders/law/unc/. You must apply for
pubs dotting the island offer a cold beer while watching the sun CI$16 or US$5 is worth CI$4. When making a Cayman license within three months of arriving. Please
set over the ocean or their favorite sport on TV, or joining in a transactions the common change will be in CI, not US remember driving is on the left side of the road like in the U.K.
noisy game of Dominoes - a popular Caribbean pastime. Dollars. US Dollars are accepted everywhere as are travelers
checks. Almost all shops, restaurants and hotels accept credit Cayman also offers rentals, leasing, and has numerous
Climate cards and there are ATMs throughout the Cayman dealerships for purchasing a vehicle. The island also has a
The weather in Grand Cayman is pleasant year round with Islands. Currency denominations are CI$ 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and wonderful bus system with seven bus routes, and the buses each
temperatures ranging from 70˚ to 90˚. Rainy season usually 100 dollar bills. have a distinctive colored circle on the front and rear with a
lasts from May to November however the rains are usually brief route number in the middle, which get you where you need to
and the sun will soon return. In these summer months Banking be. Residents also have the option of having their
humidity is high and the sun’s rays are strong, so sunscreen is As the fifth largest financial district in the world, banking vehicles imported onto the island.
highly recommended. Cayman does have a winter, from options in Cayman are endless. Butterfield Bank, Cayman
December to April which is when the rain subsides and the cool National Bank, Fidelity Bank, FirstCaribbean International Please visit New Resident for further details
breezes return. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to Bank, Scotiabank, and Royal Bank of Canada offer electronic http://www.caymannewresident.com/page_id_9.html
November 30th and Cayman is well prepared. Hurricane and on-line banking. ATMs are offered by Butterfield Bank,
information packs are available from the Government Cayman National Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Fidelity, Schools
Information Services in Cricket Square (Tel: 345- 949 8092) FirstCaribbean International Bank and Scotiabank. The Caymanian school system is based upon the English
When opening a new account, banks may require all or some learning system. Cayman offers primary schools in each
Telecommunications of the following information: district for children 4-11 years of age as well as Government
State-of-the-art telecommunications services are offered by • Bank reference from your current bank. This must be high schools, a community college, a university college and a
over five companies. These services include local and long addressed specifically to the bank in the Cayman Islands and law school. Private schools are also abundant on the island
distance calling, mobile phones, faxing, cable and Internet. must include how long you have banked there (i.e. including but not limited to, Cayman Prep & High School,
Service is comparable to that found in the US. The main minimum of three years), the average balance and manner in Cayman International School, First Baptist Christian School,
providers are Cable & Wireless, Digicel, WestTel, and which your account has been conducted; Montessori By The Sea and St. Ignatius Catholic School. The
TeleCayman. • A letter from your Cayman employer stating the origin of your classes are taught in English, as it is the main language of the
All Cayman mobile phone service providers use GSM funds, the position or job you have with the company and the island.
technology. It would be best to consult with your existing length of time you will be employed with them; Children starting pre-school can begin at the age of two and for
provider to ensure that your mobile phone is compatible. As a • Driver’s license and passport (they will photocopy your primary school the starting age depends on whether they will be
guideline, CDMA is the technology used by Verizon and Sprint license and the pages of your passport); attending a British school such at St. Ignatius or American
in the USA, and Telus and Bell in Canada. GSM is the • One form of physical address confirmation, such as your local school such as Cayman International School. British schools
technology used by Vodaphone, O2 and Orange in Europe, Cayman electricity bill; require children be the age of four by September and American
Cingular and T-Mobile in the USA, and Rogers Wireless and • Full name and residential address, your phone and fax schools require the age of five by September.
Microcell in Canada. number, your nationality, date and place of birth, occupation For further information and a detailed listing of schools,
For more telecommunication information please visit and the name and address of your employer. please visit The Chamber of Commerce at :
http://www.caymannewresident.com/page_id_30.html http://www.caymanchamber.ky/relocation/school.htm or
Moving with Pets New Resident at :
Health Care Pets are allowed to be brought to Cayman, a import permit or http://www.caymannewresident.com/page_id_13.html.
Offering both state and private health care facilities, Cayman valid animal passport issued by the Department of
has an excellent health care system. A wide range of specialists, Agriculture, and an official health certificate issued by a
including visiting doctors from the US and elsewhere operate government employed or accredited veterinary inspector in the
from private clinics. Grand Cayman is well served by private country of origin is required for the importation of dogs and
dentists and optometrists. There are also two hospitals on the cats.
island, The Cayman Islands Hospital and The Chrissie For further information, please visit the Chamber of
Tomlinson Memorial Hospital as well as numerous Commerce at
pharmacies. Many have multiple branches, and both Foster’s http://www.caymanchamber.ky/relocation/pets.htm.
Admissions Admissions Committee Policy on Acceptance of Personal Statement
Applicants must submit a personal statement with the
See our website (www.stmatthews.edu/admissions) for most current
The committee reviews completed applicant files for the
upcoming semester. The application files are reviewed by Transfer Credits application form. This offers an opportunity for the applicant
information on admissions requirements. The policy concerning transfer credits is designed to meet the
admissions staff in Orlando and by three members of the to describe personal attributes, characteristics, and interests
Each candidate is evaluated on the basis of these factors: desires of transfer students for advanced standing, the need
faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Currently these that support a decision to study veterinary medicine. The
• Academic background
three persons are Dr. William Wagner, Dean of the School, Dr. for the Veterinary School to maintain high academic standards, admissions committee is interested in participation in
• G.P.A. of 3.0 preferred
Heather Barron, Chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Dr. and, most importantly, to assure the students that the School is research projects, hobbies, and animal-related employment
• Science grade point average
Scott Taylor, Chair of Veterinary Biosciences. The committee not jeopardizing future decisions affecting the students with
• Strength of major/minor or experiences. Use specific examples to demonstrate
reviews the application to ensure that all specific prerequisite respect to either choice of clinical affiliate programs or
• MCAT/GRE scores motivation, commitment to pursue a veterinary career, and the
courses have been taken and work to select those students who
• Letters of reference veterinary licensure. ability to work with people and animals. Compassion, empathy,
exhibit the strongest potential to flourish in the rigorous
• Personal statement Beginning with Fall Semester 2008, in the School of Veterinary
curriculum in veterinary medicine and with the potential to and the ability to deal with everyday problems are considered
• Activities that demonstrate service to the Medicine, all transfer students will have the right to ask for a
become a strong professional and ethical member of the important qualities as well.
community and to animals
profession. Candidates who meet the admissions criteria may review of prior course work and admission to an advanced
• Personal interview
be interviewed prior to a final decision. Applicants should
*For non-native speakers of English, or those who have had
submit materials early and ensure that their application file is
semester as considered appropriate by the University. This
review of the transcript will be performed by the Vice President Interview
complete. The admissions committee will not review When a candidate is favorably considered, the admissions
less than 4 years of post-secondary education in English. for Enrollment and the Dean of the School or his/her designee.
incomplete documentation. committee schedules an interview. For all new students, the
Given the variability in course content, this review is of
necessity somewhat subjective, being based on course grades interview may be in person or by conference call. The interview
Admissions Criteria Procedures & Paperwork and recommendations from the program in which the student serves both the applicants and the committee by providing an
opportunity for the applicant to ask pertinent questions and
was previously enrolled. Transfer of credits will only be
Most candidates have earned an undergraduate degree from an introduce any special circumstances that should be considered.
Non–U.S. Transcripts considered if the student received a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher
approved college or university in the United States, Canada or The committee gains the opportunity to determine if the
Students with academic transcripts from outside the United in a specific course. The final decision on transfer credits
a recognized international institution. However, a student who
States must have them evaluated on a course-by-course basis allowed will be made as a recommendation by the Dean of the candidate demonstrates the personal qualities that are
has 90+ semester credit hours of earned college credits will be
by either the World Education Services (www.wes.org) or a required in a good veterinarian. These qualities include
considered for admission. We recognize that since veterinary School of Veterinary Medicine to the Registrar. No student will
service that holds membership with the National Association of motivation, commitment to a veterinary career, empathy,
medicine deals with people as well as animals, an
Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) (www.naces.org). be placed in the program higher than Semester 5.
understanding of literature, art, history, ethics, and philosophy compassion, maturity, and flexibility in dealing with problems.
Prospective students with English as a second language must
is an asset to a veterinary physician. Science and Humanities
are not mutually exclusive and both are viewed as necessary for
submit a TOEFL score of 550 or higher. Standardized Tests
the practice of veterinary medicine. It is strongly As part of the application process, applicants are requested to
recommended that students be computer literate. The Advanced Standing and submit their GRE or MCAT scores to the Admissions Office in
following list of courses and credits indicates the minimal Florida. For more information on the GRE, please visit
prerequisites that all applicants must complete prior to Transfer Students www.gre.org, or call 1-800-473-2255. The GRE reporting code
admission to the veterinary school. A cumulative grade point
Chiropractors, podiatrists, dentists, veterinary technicians, for St. Matthew’s is 5681.
average of 3.0 is preferred. Applicants with lower grade point
and physician’s assistants are not granted advanced standing.
averages are encouraged to apply if they have other
accomplishments or work experience that demonstrates their
However, these students may use completed coursework to
qualify for admission. Students with advanced degrees (Ph.D.) Letters of Recommendation
aptitudes. Confidential appraisals by college advisors, instructors, or
in a subject may be provided credit in the specialty area of their
degree. St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine others are an important part of the application. These
Course name semester/quarter hours
only accepts transfer students from veterinary schools listed recommendations may include a letter from a peer. Ask for
by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Transfer recommendations from individuals who can give a concise and
General Biology* 8/12
students undergo the same admissions process as first-time
General Chemistry* 8/12 thorough assessment of your personality, industry, reliability,
applicants. Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion
Organic Chemistry* 4/6 motivation, and animal experience. References are given the
of the University. Students must complete a minimum of three
Biochemistry 3/5 option of signing a waiver regarding the confidentiality of these
semesters of didactic coursework at St. Matthew’s prior to
Physics (recommended) 4/6 letters.
being assigned to the final year of clinical core rotations.
Language Arts (English) 6/9
College Math or Computer Science 3/5
Social Science (recommended) 9/12
•These courses must have laboratory work.
Clinical Teaching Facility
Notification of Acceptance Tuition and Fees Basic Science Refund
Letters of acceptance or non-acceptance are mailed within one Tuition and fees are subject to change. They must be paid by
week after the admissions committee has reached a decision. U.S.$ personal check, money order, or travelers check. Policy
Students must be able to demonstrate ability to pay, and/or All refunds will be made within thirty (30) days of the
Students who are accepted are expected to return a letter of
ability to obtain financial aid no later than 30 days before the withdrawal date. Before any refund can be initiated, a
intent within a week. The letter of intent must be accompanied first day of classes or placement in a clinical rotation. Students withdrawal form must be completed and submitted to the
by a fee of $500U.S. payable to St. Matthew’s University School with an outstanding balance are not eligible to register for the Dean.
of Veterinary Medicine to reserve a place in the upcoming class. next semester without clearing up that outstanding balance to Basic Science Tuition refunded according to the following schedule*:
This seat deposit fee is part of the first semester tuition. Laptop the satisfaction of the Chief Financial Officer. Tuition and fees Prior to the first class day 100%
computers are required of all students. are billed on a semester basis. Tuition and fees are due on the During the first 5 class period 93%
day of registration. Students may not attend classes until During the second 5 class period 87%
tuition and fees are paid. A $100U.S. late fee will be assessed at During the third 5 class days period 80%
Re-Application the end of the first week payment is not made. Failure to pay by After the third 5 class day period No refund
Unsuccessful applicants may reapply by repeating the the end of the second week will result in registration being Any new applicant to SMU requesting withdrawal within three
admissions process. A new application form, a new cancelled. days of payment of the seat deposit to SMU shall receive a full
Tuition and fees are charged for all fourth year clinical refund of all tuition and fees paid. * The first semester seat
personal statement, and new letters of recommendation
rotations. Tuition and fees for students in the fourth year deposit fee of $500 and the $75 application fee are excluded
must be submitted with a check or money order for from this refund policy and are not refundable after the first
$75U.S. payable to St. Matthew’s University School of clinical rotations are due at least 30 days prior to the
three days’ exemption as previously described.
Veterinary Medicine. commencement of the clinical rotation. Students in the fourth
year clinical rotations will be billed for an entire semester as
long as the student enters a rotation within the first 10 weeks of Clinical Rotation Refund
the semester. Students beginning rotations in the last 5 weeks
will be billed the following semester. Each student will pay a Policy
maximum of 3 clinical sciences semesters (given that no Any student withdrawing from a fourth year clinical rotation,
rotations were failed). subsequent to assignment and acceptance, will not be eligible
Application Checklist: for a refund on tuition for that semester of rotation.
A completed application file will include: Tuition and Fees ($US)
• Completed application form* Basic Sciences Tuition (per semester) 8,900 Other Charges
• Official academic transcripts Clinical Sciences Tuition (per semester) 14,750 Students attending the School of Veterinary Medicine in Grand
Internet Access & Technology Fee* (per semester) 100 Cayman will be billed monthly for miscellaneous charges.
• Two letters of recommendation
Administrative Fee 175
• Official MCAT/GRE scores Payment is due upon receipt of these invoices. Non-payment of
• Personal statement One Time Fees accounts will result in the loss of credit privileges on campus.
• Nonrefundable application fee of $75 U.S. Non-Refundable Application Fee 75
($50 of which is nonrefundable for Florida Cayman Immigration Fee** 304.88
residents) Seat Deposit 500
• Six current passport photos (one as profile)
• Current resume Miscellaneous Fees
• Evidence of financial support Tuition for less than 11 credits (per credit hour) 740
Malpractice Insurance - (Clinical Science Only) 20
• Copy of passport
Health Insurance (per semester, unless proof of coverage) 354
Transcript Request, First 3 free, thereafter 10
* A completed VMCAS application can be submitted in Letter of Reference, First 3 free, thereafter 10
lieu of the St. Matthew’s University form. Document copies up to 15pgs. (Over 15pgs., $1 per page) 15
White Coat Fees (fifth semester and sixth semester) 100
Submit a completed application form along with Recreation Fee (Cayman Only) 20
Leave of Absence Fee 500
other supporting documents to: Graduation Fee 500
Lab Fee 100-250
St. Matthew’s University Late Registration Fee 250
School of Veterinary Medicine
Office of Admissions U.S. Office 12124 High Tech Avenue,
Late Payment Fee 100
Suite 350, Orlando, Florida 32817 *Laptops required of all students.
**Cayman Island Government Fee
Scholarships (presently the first seven (7) semesters on Grand
Applicants must submit the following information at
Financial Aid Each semester excellent first-semester students at St.
the time of application:
• Letter of request to the Scholarship Review Board
Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine may be explaining the desire for consideration. This letter
Options & Obligations awarded academic scholarships from the school. This
scholarship is for $2,000 per semester for the first seven (7)
should include (but not be limited to) examples of
You’ve made a smart decision to further your education and tenacity, compassion, and commitment to helping
semesters of the curriculum, making the package worth
pursue your passion. The commitment, time and money $14,000. St. Matthew’s is proud to offer these academic others and animals.
you invest at St. Matthew’s University during the next few scholarships to students who display exceptional promise in • Proof of current Caymanian citizenship.
years will surely pay off! the pursuit of a veterinary degree. It is our way of rewarding The Caymanian Scholarship Review Board consists of St.
excellence and encouraging individuals to pursue a veterinary Matthew’s University personnel and officials from the
It is our goal to make the financial aid process as painless as degree.
possible. The office of Financial Aid is here to assist enrolled If you have any questions or need assistance please contact us: Ministry of Health & Agriculture of the Cayman Islands.
At the time of application, candidates must:
students with their application process as well as debt Office of Financial Aid • Have completed an undergraduate degree.
Scholarship recipients will be notified within two weeks
management and consolidation options after residency. We St. Matthew’s University • Have completed coursework with heavy emphasis in the hard of the Scholarship Review Board’s decision.
are also here to help you avoid possible pitfalls that can come 12124 High Tech Avenue, Suite 350 sciences.
from dealing with money and finances. As experts in this area, Orlando, Florida 32817 • Have earned an overall GPA not lower than 3.5.
we are here to help so that you can concentrate on what is most 800.498.9700 • Submit a letter requesting the consideration of the
important - becoming a great veterinarian.
Scholarship Committee. The letter must include (but not be
limited to): academic achievement, community achievement,
Both loan and scholarship programs are available to assist you firstname.lastname@example.org awards received. Applications for all scholarships are available online
with funding the full cost of your education. The scholarship recipient must meet the following criteria to at www.stmatthews.edu or from the Florida office.
retain the scholarship for successive Basic Science semesters: Completed applications may be faxed to:
Students must make a realistic assessment of their financial • Remain in the top 20% of his/her class 1-800-565-7177
situation prior to coming to the island. When devising a • Have no disciplinary actions Completed applications may be mailed to:
budget, students should consider the following expenses:
CALENDAR The Academic Scholarship Review Board meets in Florida on or St. Matthew’s University
around July 15, March 15, and November 15 of each year to School of Veterinary Medicine
Tuition review all completed applications for all scholarship awards. Office of Admissions—U.S. Office
Semester Term Dates Graduation
Utilities All scholarship applications must be complete and ready for 12124 High Tech Avenue, Suite 350
Health Insurance review prior to these dates because the staff must prepare the Orlando, FL 32817
Books Summer 2008 May 5–Aug 15 August 22
applications for review by the board. Therefore, it is necessary Or via the website at
Phone Fall 2008 Sept 1–Dec 12 December 19 to set a deadline for receipt of applications prior to the meeting www.stmatthews.edu
Evacuation Insurance of the Review Board. Deadlines for receipt of completed
Equipment Spring 2009 Jan 5–April 17 May 2
scholarship applications are as follows:
Internet Summer 2009 May 4–August 14 August 21 • November 10 for January semester
Personal Expenses • March 10 for May semester
Room and Board Fall 2009 Aug 31–Dec 11 December 18
• July 10 for September semester
Transportation Spring 2010 Jan 4–April 16 May 1 Scholarship recipients will be notified within two weeks of the
Scholarship Review Board’s decision.
A semester is four months long and it is easier to devise a Summer 2010 May 3–Aug 13 August 20
“semester budget” to go along with the receipt of your loans. Fall 2010 Aug 30–Dec 10 December 17
Remember - loans must be paid back, so only borrow what you
need. Most lenders defer payment while the student is in Spring 2011 Jan 3-April 15 April 30
The Cayman Islands
school and for up to four years into residency. Summer 2011
August 29-Dec 9
As part of St. Matthew’s University School of
Please note that as SMU is an international school, we Veterinary Medicine’s commitment to the country
operate on a three semester per year basis. Public and citizens of the Cayman Islands, one tuition and
holidays from your home country may not be observed. fees scholarship is offered to a qualified Caymanian
citizen each calendar year. This scholarship is only
for the didactic courses part of the program
Curriculum Semester I:
VM 101: Veterinary Anatomy I
(19 Credit Hours)
(5) Semester I Semester II
The curriculum integrates basic and clinical science to provide VM 111: Veterinary Histology and Embryology (5) VM 101 Anatomy I – 5 credits VM 201 Veterinary Anatomy II – 6 credits
students the framework for integrating all of their accumulating VM 121: Veterinary Physiology I (5) Students’ first exposure to anatomy will concentrate on the This course highlights gross anatomy of the horse and
knowledge to be applied to the clinical setting. The students VM 131: Current Issues and Practice Management (2) structure of the dog, with some attention directed at the cat. ruminants, with lesser emphasis on the pig, turtle and birds.
develop their knowledge of all species in both normal and VM 191: Veterinary Clinical Skills I (2) Laboratories utilize canine cadavers, as well as models, skeletal Laboratories utilize equine and bovine cadavers. Live animals
abnormal states, building their skills from basic coursework specimens, and radiographs. The lectures employ will also be utilized during applied anatomy sessions. Lectures
into the clinical applications. The veterinary graduate is Semester II: (19 Credit Hours) computer-assisted instruction and clinical correlations to make use of differential features of body systems supported by
equipped to not only treat diseases of animals but also to solve VM 201: Veterinary Anatomy II (6) stress anatomical details. radiographs to illustrate anatomical structures of clinical
disease problems that affect both animals and humans. With significance.
VM 221: Veterinary Physiology II (4)
the increase in frequency of zoonotic diseases and the focus on VM 111 Histology and Embryology – 5 credits
VM 211: Veterinary Immunology (4)
“One Health,” this is an increasingly important part of The fundamental principles of histology, the microscopic study VM 211 Veterinary Immunology – 4 credits
veterinary education.Sensitivity to the human-animal bond has VM 281: Animal Welfare and Behavior (3) of body tissues and organ systems in domestic animals, are The course will give a review of the innate and acquired
become a very important component of clinical veterinary VM 291: Veterinary Clinical Skills II (2) presented in lecture and laboratory formats. Complementary immunity and their components, including both the humoral
medicine, and can have a major impact on the success of the understanding of developmental anatomy of the animal body and cellular arms of the immune response. The course is
veterinarian in a private practice setting. At St. Matthew’s Semester III: (21 Credit Hours) is approached through the study of chick and pig embryos with designed to help you in understanding the animal body defense
University, we believe that learning to balance hard scientific VM ___ Medical Spanish (1) reference to developmental anomalies. mechanisms at cellular and molecular levels. The role of host
skills with accomplished people skills is vital to the VM 321: Veterinary Pharmacology I (3) defense mechanisms and the development of acquired
veterinarian’s success.During the first seven (7) semesters, VM 311: Veterinary Microbiology (4) VM 121 Veterinary Physiology I – 5 credits immunity after infection will be discussed. The use of the
students participate in a series of basic and clinical sciences VM 331: Veterinary Neuroscience (6) Instruction includes an emphasis on cellular and organismal different immunological tests in diagnosing animal diseases,
courses that provide the knowledge that will lead to success in physiology, including the functions of membranes in solute malfunctions of the immune response and the role of vaccines
VM 371: Veterinary Parasitology (4)
the clinical application later in their clinical practice training. and solvent transport systems. The course will also present in disease prevention will be covered.
VM 385: Veterinary Ethics and Communications (2)
Relevance of basic science information to solutions of clinical current information on physiologic functions of the
problems is key to the educational process. Students learn the VM 391: Veterinary Clinical Skills III (2) respiratory, renal, and cardiovascular systems, including VM 221 Veterinary Physiology II – 4 credits
role of veterinary medicine in the community and the effect composition of blood and pathways of coagulation. This course focuses on veterinary gastrointestinal, endocrine
that disease has on animals and the family involved as well as Semester IV: (19 Credit Hours) Laboratories utilize simulations. and reproductive physiology, with special emphasis on the
the potential for transmission of zoonotic agents from animals VM 421: Veterinary Pharmacology II (4) physiological mechanisms underlying several diseases and
to the human population. VM 431: Veterinary Toxicology (3) VM 131 Current Issues and Practice Management conditions of clinical importance. This course also covers basic
VM 451: Veterinary Pathology I (4) – 2 credits physiology of exotic species (birds, reptiles and fishes) and how
SMU School of VM 471: Veterinary Virology
VM 481: Veterinary Clinical Nutrition
This course will provide students with a forum to discuss major specific aspects of physiology differ between these taxa and
current issues facing veterinary medicine in a mammals.
Veterinary Medicine discussion/seminar format. The course also will introduce
practice and business management concepts to begin VM 281 Animal Welfare and Behavior – 3 credits
Semester V: (19 Credit Hours)
Curriculum VM 541: Veterinary Public Health/Epidemiology (3)
preparing students for the business aspect of veterinary This course examines the normal and abnormal behavior and
medicine. bionomics of various domestic livestock, companion, and
There are 139 credit hours in the Veterinary curriculum. Each VM 551: Veterinary Pathology II (4) laboratory species. Welfare issues related to the practice of
credit hour is equivalent to either 15 lecture hours or 30 VM 561: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (4) VM 191 Veterinary Clinical Skills I – 2 credits veterinary medicine, diagnosis and treatment of common
laboratory hours. Laboratory sessions provide the opportunity VM 571: Veterinary Anesthesiology (2) This course provides a general introduction to veterinary behavior problems, and learning theory are reviewed.
for students to develop the ability to make observations and VM 581: Veterinary Clinical Pathology (4) medicine, with emphasis on veterinary issues relating to
improve their analytical skills. Also, some students learn more VM 591: Veterinary Clinical Skills V (2) companion animals. Topics covered include: Breeds (dog and VM 291 Veterinary Clinical Skills II – 2 credits
quickly in this “hands on” experience. cat), handling and restraint, the basics of performing a small This course provides a general introduction to veterinary
Semester VI: (21 Credit Hours) animal physical examination, history taking skills, medicine, with emphasis on veterinary issues relating
VM 601: Small Animal Medicine I (5) communication skills, safety and biosecurity issues, training particularly to horses. Topics that will be covered include:
techniques and alternative medicine. Field trips and practical Equine breeds, handling and restraint, physical examination
VM 641: Food Animal Medicine (5)
labs are an important component of this course techniques, history taking skills, husbandry issues, basic
VM 671: Avian, Fish and Exotic Medicine (5)
veterinary terminology and an introduction to SOAP writing.
VM 681: Theriogenology (4) Field trips and practical labs are an important component of
VM 691: Veterinary Clinical Skills VI (2) this course.
Semester VII: (21 Credit Hours)
VM 701: Small Animal Medicine II (5)
VM 741: Large Animal Medicine (5)
VM 761: Small Animal Surgery (6)
VM 771: Large Animal Surgery