AUA closes veterinary medical programme | Antigua Observer Newspaper
AUA closes veterinary medical programme
By VIN News Service - Wednesday, December 14th, 2011.
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – American University of Antigua (AUA) abruptly closed its veterinary medical college before Thanksgiving, and officials are in the midst of trying to place its students in other programmes.A few will be attending the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.Officials have not responded to media inquiries seeking details about what led to the programme’s demise or how many students are impacted.News of the shutdown is not announced on the university’s website, and as of Monday, the web page for the AUA College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences remained active.A woman who answered the phone in AUA’s admissions office confirmed the closure, but she declined to offer details.Marie McGillycuddy, executive director of enrollment management, did not respond to phone calls or an email. Faculty and administrators affiliated with the veterinary college could not be reached.AUA opened its doors in 2004, as an institution focused on human medical education that caters to students from the United States. Nursing and medical programmes initially were established. The veterinary college opened in 2009, and accepted its inaugural class in January 2010.It is unclear from the university’s website how many veterinary students attended the programme. The institution is billed as “the only veterinary college programme in the Caribbean that offers select students the opportunity to earn a DVM from a US veterinary college.”The arrangement is unlike those of other Caribbean-based veterinary schools, which also send students to US-accredited veterinary colleges in America for clinical education.The difference is that those students still graduate from their respective off-shore programmes, where they complete their veterinary classroom and laboratory education.“By teaming with Virginia Tech, one of the best veterinary colleges in the country, AUA has established a new model for earning a degree in veterinary medicine,” said **** J *****, AUA president and co-founder, at a press briefing in New York City held in 2009.***** is the former president of Ross University, which founded a veterinary school on St Kitts in the West Indies in 1982. In March, the school became the first of several veterinary medical programs based in the Caribbean to earn US accreditation.(VIN News Service) and (More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)
What more can we expect Mr. Tipton? The medical school too?
I had to let you know this disturbing news for all of the AUA students before I leave to the airport.
Good day sir