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Gateway Veterinary Program

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Gateway Veterinary Program

The Gateway Medical Program is a 15-week preclinical and clinical sciences program offered online or on-campus to students who have been granted conditional acceptance to St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine (SMUSVM). The on-campus option is offered on Nevis at our sister school Medical University of the Americas.

Gateway is offered three times per year, beginning in January, May, and September. Upon completing Gateway, students join the next entering SMUSVM medical school class. 

Gateway Program graduates may qualify for the full range of academic scholarships offered by SMUSVM’s DVM Program based on their combined GPA across both the Gateway Program and their undergraduate study, whichever affords the higher scholarship payout.  

Students may attend Gateway part-time, and online students may attend asynchronously.

Why Gateway?

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Expand Your Knowledge

Bolster your existing knowledge by focusing on the foundational concepts and skills needed to thrive in veterinary school.

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Enhance Your Learning Skills

Receive individualized, expert coaching on study techniques and knowledge retention strategies.

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Grow Your Network

Begin veterinary school with a built-in support system of friends and study partners.

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Low Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Gateway students benefit from a 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing personalized instruction.

Dr. Brendan Lee Executive Dean for St. Matthew's School of Veterinary Medicine

Top Faculty

100% of Gateway faculty hold either a PhD, MD or both, and have extensive experience teaching veterinary students.

Tuition “Free” Guarantee

The Gateway Grant is exclusively available to students who enrolled in the 2024 and 2025 terms and subsequent cohorts of the Gateway Program. Eligible Gateway students will be awarded a one-time grant of $2,500 USD to be applied toward their Gateway tuition fees. While students will benefit from this grant, they will continue to pay the administrative cost of $2,500 USD associated with the course.

Key Facts

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Delivery: online or on-campus
  • Study mode: full-time and part-time
  • Curriculum: clinical anatomy, physiology, cellular and molecular biology, and principles of veterinary medicine