St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine is located on beautiful Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. Grand Cayman is the fifth largest financial district in the world and has a highly developed infrastructure which is very comparable to the United States. It is also one of the safest islands in the Caribbean, boasting one of the lowest crime and poverty rates. Grand Cayman has hundreds of restaurants, scores of banks, world-class hotels, and many opportunities for boating, diving, horseback riding, and other recreation. The island is less than an hour’s flight from Miami, and also has direct flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Houston, Tampa, Toronto, Washington D.C., and other locations.
At SMU, we are as committed to your dreams as you are. Throughout your ten semesters with us, we will do everything we can to ensure your success by supporting all aspects of your education and life, including:
Focus on Teaching: Dedicated, talented faculty whose time commitments are focused on teaching and mentoring.
Student Mentors: Student mentors understand about adjusting to life in veterinary school, and are eager to see you succeed.
Very Low Student to Faculty Ratio: With a student to faculty ratio of less than four to one, you will have an unprecedented level of faculty support and attention. We limit each incoming cohort of students to a maximum of 20.
Best Value: Most affordable tuition of any Caribbean veterinary school.
Graduate in 3+ Years: Complete your pre-clinical education on Grand Cayman in just 28 months, and then return to the U.S. or Canada for clinical training, with the ability to complete vet school in just over three years.
SMU’s modern, state-of-the-art main campus is located across the street from beautiful Seven Mile Beach, and boasts wireless technology throughout the bright, air-conditioned classrooms, labs, library, and student lounges. SMU also has a Clinical Teaching Facility which hosts surgery, medicine and clinical skills training as well as anatomy and pathology laboratories. Students have the opportunity to travel to local farms with veterinary staff from the Cayman Department of Agriculture. Our students spend seven (7) semesters on Grand Cayman and their final months in clinical programs at one of our many AVMA-accredited Clinical Program Affiliate Schools in the United States and Canada.
There are significant opportunities for students to gain experience with exotic species through our collaborations with the Cayman Turtle Farm, Central Caribbean Marine Institute, Dolphin Discovery, the Blue Iguana Project and the Marine Research Program.
We welcome applications from any qualified candidate who dreams of become a veterinarian. For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, transferring to SMU and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information above.
SUMMARY OF ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES
Application deadlines: None. Rolling admissions. Three incoming cohorts per year.
Interviews: Held in person or via video conference.
School begins: August, January, May (three start dates per year).
Deposit (to hold a place in class): $500.00
Deferments: Considered on an individual basis.
Transfer applications for admission with advanced standings are welcome. Transfer credits (advance standing) may be awarded at the discretion of the University. No transfers are permitted after the beginning of Semester 5.
Seats generally available: Maximum of 20 (total) seats available per incoming cohort to ensure exceptional level of faculty support for students.
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation.
Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no
Is this an International School? yes
Pre-Clinical Sciences (Grand Cayman): $15,125
Clinical Sciences (Clinical Affiliates): $23,000
Additional Fees: $0
Seats: 20, 3 times per year
Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test, is not required but is recommended.
VMCAS Participation: non-VMCAS
Accepts International Students? yes
The admissions team at SMU wants to get to know you! To us, you are much more than a GPA or GRE score. We want to know about you as a person because ultimately, that is what will determine the kind of veterinarian you will be. We want to support you in your dream of becoming a veterinarian, and we welcome your application!
Application Deadline: rolling