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Small Class Sizes and Life in Cayman

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

The American Animal Hospital Association student chapter, AAHA, strives to encompass the principles set forth by our parent association, utilizing training programs and educational opportunities for our current veterinary students. Future events to be sponsored by the AAHA chapter at SMU include fundraising activities, wet labs, and expert veterinary speakers, as this club is continuing to expand with each semester. Responsible client communication, modern hospital designs, state-of-the art medicine, and future leadership positions are just a few of the highlights that our chapter seeks to convey to the student members of our chapter.

Canadian Student Veterinary Club

The Canadian Student Veterinary Club' mission is to encourage positive dialogue between Canadian students of various semesters attending SMU SVM. Academic, social and professional issues relating to Canadians studying abroad will be discussed, as well as opportunities to perform veterinary externships at various Canadian clinics.

Coral Reef Research Club (CRRC)

Coral Reef Research Club was started in the fall of 2009 by Dr. Scott Taylor and Dr. Samantha Shields. The goal of the club is to teach veterinary students about conservation based research and coral reef management. Students are given opportunities to design research projects, practice the technicalities of underwater research, collect and process data, and contribute to research publications. They also learn about identification of coral diseases and are exposed to writing grant proposals.

Food Animal Medicine Club

The Food Animal Medicine club allows students interested in practicing beef, dairy, small ruminant and swine medicine to get additional exposure to case presentations and guest speakers as well as field experience. Enrollment in AABP is strongly recommended for club members. Meetings are held twice a month and case challenges are posted monthly.

Student Associate Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SAAVMA)

The Student Associate American Veterinary Medical Association, SAAVMA, facilitates communication between students and administration, serves as a link to the professional organization of the AVMA, and advocates volunteer activities and social events.

Student Chapter of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (SCAAVN)

The Animal Nutrition Club at St. Matthew's University officially was recognized by the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) as the second student chapter in Fall 2009. The club thus has changed its name to reflect this honor as the Student Chapter of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (SCAAVN).

The mission of SCAAVN is to provide a forum for the continued animal nutrition education of veterinary students. Goals of the club are achieved through field trips, case study discussions, lectures, webinars, and wet labs.

The mission of SCAAVN is to provide a forum for the continued animal nutrition education of veterinary students. Goals of the club are achieved through field trips, case study discussions, lectures, webinars, and wet labs.

Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP)

The purpose of this student chapter is to offer additional time outside of the classroom to build and expand on student's equine medicine and surgery interests. The club has a very active membership to which attend our meetings twice a month. At those meetings we conduct regular business in addition to having various guest speakers from areas of equine surgery, internal medicine, field work, radiography techniques, in addition to students presenting information obtained during equine externships.

Students also accompany the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture veterinarians when possible on equine field calls. Some of these calls include health prevention programs, lameness exams, wound care, dental care, and hoof care/management. These opportunities allow our members to expand classroom subject matter to a true problem based learning approach.

Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (SCAVSAB )

The student chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior provides an opportunity for students to discuss animal behavior, diagnose and develop treatment plans for their own pets’ behavioral problems or work through case studies. The club also provides a way to participate with the St. Matthew’s University community through dog training classes as well as the greater island community with educational opportunities, volunteering and fundraising events.

Student Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society (SVECCS)

The St. Matthew's chapter of Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society aims to promote student participation and interest in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. It is SMU SVECCS goal to provide opportunities for members to obtain hands on experience in veterinary emergencies and critical care. This experience will further student education and career opportunities in the field of emergency medicine. The club has hosted a wide range of lectures and wet labs for the student population at St. Matthew’s including: wound management, ruminant emergency management, radiographic diagnosis of emergency conditions, toxicology cases and stenting. Additionally, our members have the opportunity to participate in emergency large animal calls on the island.

The national SVECCS officers met and voted to recommend Joseph D’Abbraccio, 6th semester, and Cynthia Fichtner, 3rd semester, to the electoral board. Joseph has now been named the 2011 national President and Cynthia the secretary. Both students have strong interests in emergency medicine and are eager to work with all the chapters in North America and the Caribbean.

At a recent meeting of the Society, students from St. Matthew’s were successful in initiating contacts with several commercial vendors of veterinary equipment and supplies. This has resulted in additional support for the school’s programs including student activities.

Zoological, Exotics, Wildlife Medicine Club (ZEW)

The mission of the zoological, exotic and wildlife medicine club, ZEW, is to provide a forum for students who seek to enhance their knowledge and skills in order to improve the health and welfare of zoological, exotic, and wildlife species. ZEW coordinates talks from professionals in the field of animal medicine and conservation in an effort to further the student’s education. Additionally, ZEW seeks to locally support the propagation and conservation of exotic animal species through volunteer programs and donations to zoologic institutions, aquaria, and wildlife rescue efforts

Weekly Educational Articles: Cayman Net News
School of Veterinary Medicine

Cayman Creatures Great and Small is a weekly educational column written by the faculty and students of the School of Veterinary Medicine. The articles appear weekly in the Friday edition of the Cayman Net News, a popular local newspaper in the Cayman Islands. The goal is to provide the public with informative and educational articles on various topics relating to the field of veterinary medicine. Many species great and small have been included in articles written to date, including dogs, cats, birds, fish, iguanas, goats, horses, cows and pigs. The focus of the articles varies and includes topics such as animal nutrition, disease, behavior, surgery, welfare and general care. Students are encouraged to write informational articles as a part of their involvement with various interest clubs such as nutrition, behavior, etc. The School of Veterinary Medicine is proud to be a regular contributor to the Cayman Net News and is another example of our students contributing to the Grand Cayman community.

To view the listing of recent articles click here.

Cayman Island Animal Recovery Program
School of Veterinary Medicine

In cooperation with the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture, the veterinary students of St. Matthew's University SOVM maintain an online list of stray and lost dogs recovered by the department. These dogs are housed at the Department of Agriculture Animal Rescue Shelter off Agricola Road in Lower Valley.

The goal of the Lost Animal List is to reunite these dogs with their owners by providing pictures and descriptions of the dogs. During their 6th semester, students scan the incoming dogs for microchips, take their pictures for the website, help exercise the dogs and advertise the website to the people of Grand Cayman in an effort to achieve this goal.

To view the Lost Animal List visit:

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. For more than 58 years, AMSA has provided students with experience in areas of medicine not covered under the traditional curriculum. This includes technical, hands-on training in pertinent skills that will be necessary for students when they enter clinical rotations. We also work with the community to promote public awareness and improve public health.

We are a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With a membership of more than 68,000 medical and premedical students, interns and residents, and practicing physicians from across the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health.


CANADA KEY at St. Matthew’s University is a non-denominational, voluntary organization founded on the core values of Integrity, Excellence, Life-long Learning and Support & Community Service. Canada Key aims to provide a forum to facilitate dialogue, networking, exploring and sharing topical information about common medical career and related goals. Canada Key members are individuals interested in learning about options to further their medical training in Canada or in the USA (as Canadian nationals) or whose interests are aligned to matters pertaining to medical education and practice in Canada. Canada Key differentiates itself by taking a 4-quadrant holistic approach to self and professional development. Canada Key’s value-add is to help each member identify and develop a customized ‘Key’ -- a set of milestones to be achieved in each sphere of life: Personal, Professional, Academic and Community Service.

Indian Student Association

The vibrant culture, the rich heritage, and the effusive warmth of the people, all are a reflection of what we as Indians stand for. The Indian Student Association is an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the diversity and uniqueness of the Indian culture through various activities, community services, and educational programs to Indian and Non-Indian students in the SMU community and neighboring areas. Not only will ISA strive to preserve and promote the Indian culture but will also help new students enrolling at SMU adjust and adapt to SMU and their new home.

Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) works to promote a unified group of Muslim and non-Muslim students by educating the surrounding community about Islam, faith and medical practice. The MSA strives to offer support and aid to all new studdents at SMU through sharing learning strategies and specific course tactics. In conjunction with Cayman service groups, the MSA volunteers in the community to provide service to those in needs through hosting events and educational programs.

Research Organization

The Research Organization of St. Matthew's University School of Medicine encourages students to participate in research by working independently and with colleagues and faculty. Our annual Research Day showcases student research posters, displaying and discussing their studies to the entire campus community. We are also interested in helping physicians on the island and around the world conduct their research by volunteering in community events. The Research Organization emphasizes and fosters leadership, the importance of research and evidence based medicine, and the foundation of life long learning for future physicians.

St. Matthew's University Circle K Club

Circle K International (CKI) is an international collegiate service organization that is a sponsored leadership program of Kiwanis International. It promotes service, leadership, and fellowship. With over 13,250 members worldwide, it is the largest collegiate service organization of its kind in the world. Here at St. Matthew’s University, in Grand Cayman, our service projects range from assisting the elderly and disabled to working with children in the local hospitals and pediatrics wards.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government of St. Matthew's University School of Medicine is the democratic government representing the entire Student Body of St. Matthew's University school of medicine. The Student Government Association plays a continuous role for students at SMU in policy and decision making, when the interests of students are involved. The Student Government Association works to improve the quality of both academic and non-academic life for students of the college, and to protect the rights of students, as students, and as citizens. Overall, the Student Government Association serves as the representative voice of the student body of the college on issues which pertain to academics and the general welfare of the students, both on and around the campus.