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  • St. George's University Training to Confront Agroterrorism

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    According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the current shortage of veterinarians who treat food animals in America's rural areas is creating an increasingly high risk of agroterrorism—a potential terrorist attack on the nation's food supply. St. George's University (SGU) School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, which was recently granted full accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education, is leading the cause in defending the nation against agroterrorism.

    Founded in 1999, SGU's School of Veterinary Medicine has continued to advance St. George's reputation as a leader in global education, offering veterinary students a broad range of educational and professional training opportunities. SGU offers a preveterinary medical program and a veterinary medical program, which includes the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. The University holds 29 affiliations with international veterinary schools, including 23 out of 28 veterinary schools in the United States, two of the seven veterinary schools in the United Kingdom, and schools in Canada, Ireland, and Australia. At these affiliated universities, students complete 48 weeks of clinical training in the field. It is these international partnerships and the in-the-field training that allow St. George's to effectively prepare its students for the world of global animal health care.

    In addition to its global approach to veterinary medical education, St. George’s University trains its DVM students to effectively identify and evaluate potential agroterrorism agents, creating a solution to this growing public health issue:

    • A large number of SGU graduates have returned to practice in US rural areas such as Texas, Minnesota, Michigan, and Colorado where there is a high population of food animals and an advanced threat of agroterrorism.
    • In the third year of the veterinary medicine program students advance to the introductory stages of their clinical work, including extensive work in the on-campus vet clinic and large animal resources facility to work with the horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats found in Grenada.
    • SGU’s veterinarian educational program stresses the connection between animal-borne viruses and global human diseases.
    • St. George’s was recently recognized as the fifth non-US institution, and the only Caribbean university to be granted the prestigious accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health for its Master of Public Health Program.
    • SGU faculty and students come from over 140 countries, providing veterinary students with a diverse education in animal diseases they might not otherwise be exposed to at other universities.
    • SGU is one of only 12 veterinary schools outside the US and Canada to be granted the prestigious AVMA accreditation, allowing its graduates to qualify for licensure anywhere in the United States.

    Information on St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine is available at www.sgu.edu, and through YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter at StGeorgesU. St. George’s American students are featured on www.sgu.edu/usa.


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