Hello! My name is Victoria and I am going into my third year of veterinary school at St. George’s University (btw if you saw the earlier SGU post I can definitely confirm that it is beautiful here!)
This will be my final year on the wonderful island of Grenada which while I am excited for my upcoming clinical year, I am sad to be nearing the end of my time here. You see, at SGU a vet student will spend three years here in Grenada and then for the fourth year we go to other vet schools for our clinical rotation. If anyone is curious I can elaborate on why that is in another post and talk about the process of applying for fourth year schools.
I currently have a cat that I adopted my first year of vet school and his name is SS Marmu
His name is actually an acronym for the nerves of the brachial plexus which would be Suprascapular, Subscapular, Musculocutaneous, Radial, Median, and Ulnar nerves. It was one of my favorite parts to dissect in anatomy lab so I decided I would name my cat after that. I also have a foster dog named Luca who is a local dog that ended up with one of SGU’s vet student organizations called Spay and Neuter Pothounds (SNP).
The local dogs here are called pothounds and are often tan, medium sized, with short fur but you can get a huge variety of shapes, colors, and sizes due to all the different breeds that have ended up in Grenada. For example, a former student from SGU DNA tested her dog and it came back as 75% Rhodesian Ridgeback!
After veterinary school, I am seriously thinking about becoming a bovine veterinary though I am undecided on if I want to focus on beef or dairy. I did have the opportunity to work with a dairy veterinarian last summer and it was a blast! I really enjoyed working with the cows, I find the industry fascinating, and I love farmers. They were all such down to earth very practical people. I have spent time in small animal clinics like any vet student but I have found that I enjoy large animal medicine more. However, I have two more years of veterinary school to go and a little over two years ago I had no idea I’d be going to school in a foreign country and loving it. So, I don’t know what the future holds but I am looking forward to finding out!
If anyone has questions about SGU or the island feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer the best I can. I love going to veterinary school here because it’s so different from anywhere else you can go to vet school. It certainly presents its own unique opportunities and challenges. Animal welfare and care is very different from the US and because of that students here see so many things that either never or rarely occur in back home. Also, not going to lie, I LOVE the weather here. Many students think it is too hot but I think it’s great and I am not looking forward to going back to places that have more than just a wet and dry season.
So, keep an eye for posts from yours truly in the future! I’ll be writing more about living in Grenada and very soon I’ll be writing a post about going to Nicaragua this summer to spay and neuter dogs and cats. Until next time!