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St. Matthew’s University

School of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 32330
Grand Cayman KY1-1209
Telephone: 345-745-3199

Administrative Office:
12124 High Tech Ave., Suite 350
Orlando, FL 32817
Telephone: 800.498.9700

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 hours 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 five to one, you will have an unprecedented level of faculty support and attention. We limit each incoming cohort of students to a maximum of 35.
Best Value: Most affordable tuition of any Caribbean veterinary school.
Accelerated Schedule: 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 new 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. Presently, the students spend seven (7) semesters on Grand Cayman and their final 12 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 Coral Reef Research Program.
Application Information
We welcome applications from any qualified candidate who dreams of becoming a veterinarian. For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, transferring to SMU and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course Requirements and semester hours:
General Biology* 8
General Chemistry* 8
Organic Chemistry* 4
Biochemistry 3
Language Arts (English) 6
College Math or Computer Science 3
Physics (Recommended) 4
Social Science (Recommended) 6
*These courses must include an attached laboratory.
Course completion deadline: all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation.
Standardized Examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, is not required but is strongly recommended. The exam must have been taken within the previous five calendar years, and scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions as part of the application for admission.
Additional Considerations: Each candidate is carefully evaluated on the basis of these factors:
Academic background
Overall grade point average
Science grade point average
Strength of major/minor
GRE scores
2 Letters of Reference (electronic or written; one should be from a veterinarian)
Personal statement
College activities that demonstrate service to the community
Personal Interview (by invitation)
Summary of Admission Procedure

Application deadlines: None. Rolling admissions. Three incoming cohorts per year.
Interviews: Held in person or via telephone/videoconference.
Acceptance notification: Within two weeks of interview.
School begins: August, January, May (three start dates per year).

Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00
Deferments: Considered on an individual basis.
Evaluation criteria: The 3-part admission procedure includes an objective evaluation of academic credentials, a subjective review of personal credentials and an interview by invitation.
Transfer: Transfer credits (advanced standing) may be awarded at the discretion of the University. No transfers are permitted later than beginning of Semester 5.

Seats generally available: Maximum of 35 (total) seats available per incoming cohort to ensure exceptional level of faculty support for students.

Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Pre-Clinical Sciences (Grand Cayman) $10,875
Clinical Sciences (Clinical Affiliates) $17,700
Additional fees $     275
Dual-Degree Programs
MBA graduate degree program is available.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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