New partnership allows NAIT Animal Health Technology students to further education in the Caribbean

Published on December 18, 2023

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine (SMUSVM) have agreed to establish an articulation agreement, making it easier for NAIT students to study veterinary medicine in the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

As part of this partnership, SMUSVM will evaluate the eligibility for admission to its Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, specifically considering current or former students of NAIT's Animal Health Technology Program. Eligible applicants must have a Grade Point Average of 2.70 or higher, and NAIT graduates should have completed their program within the last five years.

Successful applicants under this agreement will benefit from an expedited application review process, ensuring a seamless transition into SMUSVM. Additionally, they will be guaranteed an interview, qualify for a $10,000 Partnership Scholarship, and become eligible for other merit-based scholarships.

"This agreement is not just a collaboration; it's a significant milestone for students with a passion for animal care. As part of the GUS Medical and Veterinary Schools family, SMUSVM is committed to shaping the future of veterinary medicine, and we are excited to welcome our NAIT students as early as next year," said Dr. Brendan Lee, Executive Dean, St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine.

“The collaboration with St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine is a pivotal step in broadening educational horizons for NAIT Animal Health Technology (AHT) students and recent graduates. The partnership facilitates a seamless transition for NAIT students seeking to further their education in veterinary medicine in diverse learning environments and unique cultural experiences by breaking down geographical barriers and fostering a global perspective. By creating a pathway for academic continuity, this agreement opens doors to a richer tapestry of knowledge for AHT students and alumni,” said Terry Schlitter, Associate Dean Academic, School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT.

NAIT students will join hundreds of veterinary students who benefit from early hands-on training and exclusive access to small animals and aquatic reptilian care, distinct to the island and the Caribbean. Additionally, students will experience the immersive, personalized learning environment that sets SMUSVM apart from other veterinary schools; as well as a curriculum that is designed to nurture essential veterinary knowledge and practical skills.

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