Antiguan veterinary school closes

Published on January 15, 2012
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A university in Antigua suspended its veterinary program in late 2011.

American University of Antigua had opened its veterinary curriculum in January 2010 as a two-year program through which qualified students would complete their educations at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. A Dec. 15 announcement from Antigua indicated the veterinary program was closing at the end of the fall semester.

"It is expected that AUA students presently attending will be accepted and will be able to complete their veterinary studies at St. George's University Veterinary School, located on the island of Grenada in the West Indies," the announcement states.

Margaret Lambert, dean of enrollment planning for St. George's University, said that those interested in transferring would be screened during the application process, and some could be required to complete additional undergraduate courses at St. George's before entering the veterinary school.

Dr. Jennifer L. Hodgson, associate dean for professional programs at Virginia-Maryland, said three students who were qualified to transfer from Antigua would begin study at her college in January. Virginia-Maryland had agreed to take up to five qualified students from Antigua every year, and January 2012 was the first time Antiguan students would be qualified to transfer under the agreement.

The qualifications for transfer to Virginia-Maryland included holding at least a 2.8 GPA after four semesters and passing the qualifying examination of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Dr. Hodgson said. Those students will have completed four semesters in Antigua but will start in the fourth semester courses of veterinary college at Virginia-Maryland.