Clarifying the VMRCVM
Agreement with the American University of Antigua
by Gerhardt G.
Schurig, DVM, Ph.D.
As I am sure many of you
have heard, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of
Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) recently signed a
Memorandum of Agreement with the American University of
Antigua (AUA). This agreement opens the
possibility of our veterinary college accepting transfer
students from their newly formed School of Veterinary
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
While our college is very excited about this
opportunity, it has become clear there is some confusion
in the veterinary community on what exactly this
partnership means. Therefore, I share the following
information in an attempt to answer any questions and to
clarify any misunderstandings:
The VMRCVM routinely has four or
more empty seats in its third and fourth years of the DVM
program as a result of attrition. This is an economic
challenge the college simply can’t afford, especially in
light of recent state budget cuts. By opening up these seats
to transfer students, who will pay out-of-state tuition, the
college will generate additional, needed revenue.
The American University of
Antigua was established by a group of American physicians
and medical education professionals to address the shortage
of healthcare professionals in the U.S. The university
currently offers medical and nursing programs designed to
make sure students meet the requirements of medical and
nursing licensure in the United States and achieve passing
scores on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examinations. They
recently indicated their intent to form a veterinary school
where students would transfer to established veterinary
colleges in the United States for their third and fourth
years of training.
The VMRCVM indicated it would be
interested in partnering with AUA to fill the seats left
open by attrition, pending we could be assured the first two
years, or four semesters, of instruction would mirror our
own. After many talks and a good deal of research, it was
agreed AUA would model their new veterinary college after
the VMRCVM’s curriculum. We are confident this will not only
provide quality instruction to students at AUA, but will
ensure those who transfer here will have no gaps in their
In addition, students will
transfer into the VMRCVM’s fourth semester after four
semesters of training at AUA. This will give the transfer
students one additional semester of training compared to
students who begin their training at the VMRCVM.
Only students who successfully
complete four semesters at AUA AND who pass the National
Board of Medical Examiners Qualifying Examination will be
eligible to transfer. We anticipate accepting an average of
five students per year.
Unless accreditation issues
preclude us from doing so, our intent is to confer transfer
students a degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional
College of Veterinary Medicine once they complete their
training at the college.
I hope this information resolves any
misunderstandings about our relationship with AUA. However,
should there be any additional questions, please do not hesitate
to contact my office.
Thank you for your ongoing support
of our college.
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