President of St. Nicholas University dispels rumors that the institution is not accredited

President of the St. Nicholas University School of Veterinary Studies, Dr. Golnaz Naderkhani

President of the St. Nicholas University School of Veterinary Studies, Golnaz Naderkhani, has dispelled rumors that the newly-opened University is not accredited.

Speaking during the official launch, Dr. Naderkhani made known that while it is rare for a University to be accredited and approved by the time they open their doors, her academic institution is.

“We have even gone a step further, we are listed by the American Veterinary Medical Association which means our graduates will be able to practice veterinary medicine in Canada and the United States,” she stated. “In fact, they all have the option of doing a third of their training in Canada, the US, or the UK.”

She assured those gathered that the school was created out of compassion for all living things and driven only by dedication to academic excellence. Dr. Naderkhani further noted that they are not affiliated with any political parties and shall remain impartial to all political views.

The president disclosed, “this is not a business, this is not a job to be in the profession or trade of selling degrees, we are here to educate and train the future generation with the knowledge and opportunity to do better than our generation did. To encourage them with the knowledge and the opportunity to look forward to a better world and to  strive to be better.”

Acknowledging citizens’ skepticism due to recent events, she called on persons to be impartial when it comes to the St Nicholas University.

“I understand and acknowledge the experiences that have led to the lack of trust, hurt, the frustration of many  Dominicans when it comes to academic institutions. I am quite aware of the history of various universities that have at some point or [the other] continue to call Dominica home. We are a new beginning and here at St.Nicholas, we believe that actions speak much louder than words,” she declared.

Dr. Naderkhani added, “To those who are just getting to know us, I encourage you to keep an open mind and in time you will get to know the institution that is standing behind with confidence. It took  40 years for Ross University to become the Ross University that you knew… I am not asking for 40 years  but give us just a few years to demonstrate the full potential of this institution.”

Several veterinarians on the island have been offered faculty positions at the university, which is currently located on the corner of Hillsborough Street and Kings Lane in Roseau.

 

The following is taken from the St. Nicholas University website in regards to accreditation:

“St. Nicholas University: School of Veterinary Medicine is chartered by the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, as well as, the Ministry of Education in the Commonwealth of Dominica. The college is recognized by the government of Dominica and our graduates are eligible to practice veterinary medicine within that country without restriction.
This further qualifies the school to seek listing with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which in turn allows our graduates to register with the Educational Committee of Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG). ECFVG certification allows our graduates to be licensed in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and other countries accepting ECFVG certification.
St. Nicholas University: School of Veterinary Medicine graduates are eligible to practice veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada without restrictions once they pass the requisite licensing examinations.
St. Nicholas University: School of Veterinary Medicine is recognized and listed by the World Veterinary Association (www.worldvet.org) under universities, institutions, colleges and schools awarding Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in the world.”

Link below:

http://stnicholasuniversity.com/accreditation/

 

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26 Comments

  1. Jane doe
    February 8, 2021

    I am African, I am not a Dominican, I am an African medical student in Dominica. Meanwhile I am tired of people who claim intelligence always thinking low of the Dominicans. Not because they live a contented life doesn’t means they can be regarded as unintelligible. Madam, your school is not accredited, avma.org has only Ross and St. George’s as the accredited veterinary school in West Indies. It’s okay to tell the people that getting the school accredited is part of the future achievements and you are working hard to achieve but don’t make a joke out of a population in their own country. Don’t start the foundation of your school without trust. The truth goes a long way!All the best

  2. Jane doe
    February 8, 2021

    I am African, I am not a Dominican, I am an African medical student in Dominica. Meanwhile I am tired of people who claim intelligence always thinking low of the Dominicans. Not because they live a contented life doesn’t means they can be regarded as unintelligible. Madam, your school is not accredited, avma.org has only Ross and St. George’s as the accredited veterinary school in West Indies. It’s okay to tell the people that getting the school accredited is part of the future achievements and you are working hard to achieve but don’t make a joke out of a population in their own country. Don’t start the foundation of your school without trust. The truth goes a long way!
    All the best

  3. Pipo
    February 6, 2021

    Dear ms. Naderkhani, you are of Iranian heritage, are you not? No offence but that does not exactly instill confidence with us Dominicans, who still remember A certain mr. Monfared, an Iranian national and his My Dominica Trade House company, heavily endorsed by our present goverment that was going to build health clinics in our country among other promises that never materialised. He was even granted Dominican citizenship by the government and a diplomatic passport. At least you have an animal clinic in Roseau that is real, so count yourself lucky but don’t run ahead of yourself. They say that elephants have a long memory but Dominicans live on average longer than elephants and not all of us are endowed with chicken brains.

  4. I love my Dog
    February 5, 2021

    Dominican are so freaking negative.Ross left you all stayed silent, and is the new university that’s willing to give fresh opportunity to us Dominicans you people want to pressure , shut all you freaking mouth. Go sit under the mango tree.

  5. Truth Seeker
    February 4, 2021

    Dr you should not mislead the population. You are claiming that you are accredited and that graduates can practice in the US. Yet on your website, this is what you had to say: “St. Nicholas University: School of Veterinary Medicine is chartered by the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, as well as, the Ministry of Education in the Commonwealth of Dominica. The college is recognized by the government of Dominica and our graduates are eligible to practice veterinary medicine within that country without restriction.
    This further qualifies the school to seek listing with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which in turn allows our graduates to register with the Educational Committee of Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG). ECFVG certification allows our graduates to be licensed in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and other countries accepting ECFVG certification.
    St. Nicholas University.” So your website is a lie then?

  6. llllucclu
    February 4, 2021

    From the article: ‘“We have even gone a step further, we are listed by the American Veterinary Medical Association which means our graduates will be able to practice veterinary medicine in Canada and the United States,” she stated. “In fact, they all have the option of doing a third of their training in Canada, the US, or the UK.”
    From the school’s website and also in the article:
    ‘This further qualifies the school to SEEK listing with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which in turn allows our graduates to register with the Educational Committee of Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG). ECFVG certification allows our graduates to be licensed in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and other countries accepting ECFVG certification.’

    Seek listing, it’s not yet listed, which means it’s not accredited yet.

    Which is correct? Her website or her quote in the article?

    • Butter
      February 5, 2021

      Try to comprehend. The website was up since last year therefore it has not yet been updated. Obviously, now she is letting it be known that the university is now accredited.

      • llllucclu
        February 5, 2021

        Try to comprehend what? As a professional institution your website should always have the most updated information, especially something as critical as accreditation. Comprehend that instead, accreditation is a big deal and a key component of determining the validity of a university. If she’s now accredited, it needs to be reflected on the university’s website AND on AVMA’s website.

  7. JND
    February 4, 2021

    The AVMA website gives a full list of accredited institutions (only 2 are listed and accredited in the Caribbean, Ross and St.George) as well as the extensive criteria for accreditation, some difficult if not impossible to meet for a brand new school. Every institution accredited by AVMA proudly states this accreditation upfront and does not fall back to stating that it is “SEEKING LISTING” with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)”. Maybe St.Nicholas can meet the AVMA criteria for accreditation in the future but is seems very doubtful that this is the case now. This lady (who is not a veterinarian) could easily dispel any so-called false rumour by simply posting her school’s AVMA accreditation, if they really have it, on her school’s website.

  8. Josephine Baptiste
    February 4, 2021

    Show us the receipts concerning the accreditation.
    I’ve just looked at the website, and lots of red flags.

    First of all, why is the domain a .com? Why not an edu domain for an educational institute?

    Why hasn’t the website been secured? The website is not secure.

    Why have a President in post who is not even a qualified or trained vet? From what I have read, she is NOT A TRAINED VET.

    From my own research, this person’s medical background is in writing about the infant mortality in Dominica. Google her and you will see her name in an article pertaining to this issue.

    I really don’t believe this institute is accredited. If it is so, be transparent and tell is the accredboard so we can do our own research.

    Why can’t a home born Dominican have this role?

  9. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 4, 2021

    “Agriculture and National Food Security, as well as, the Ministry of Education in the Commonwealth of Dominica. The college is recognized by the government of Dominica and our graduates are eligible to practice veterinary medicine within that country without restriction.”
    Bull crap; because Dominica government recognize you does not mean accreditation; Roosevelt will recognize anything.
    To gain accreditation a University, or four year college, must have a chancellery, it must have a facility with a certain amount of qualified people with degrees in specific fields.
    Most of all that University or college must be associated with some other educational institution, which recognizes the curriculum that they teach!

    Anybody in Dominica can recognize you; that do not mean squat!

    The university of Punjab India where Roosevelt bought his honorary degree, the same as the one in America which sold him his second Ph.D are not accredited institutions anyway.

    • February 6, 2021

      Skerrit has been awarded honorary doctorates by Lovely Professional University in India and Duquesne University in the U.S. Both of these universities are accredited. In fact, both of them are accredited not only institutionally but also by a number of programmatic accreditors.

      Your description of the requirements of accreditation is also incorrect. For example, an institution need not be associated with another institution in order to become accredited.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        February 7, 2021

        “Skerrit has been awarded honorary doctorates by Lovely Professional University in India and Duquesne University in the U.S”

        Steve, there is a difference in a university honoring someone an honorary degree due to something special they contributed to society or something which had an effect on some individual or individuals.

        Roosevelt honorary degrees are bought and paid for, and mind you be reminded the universities which sold Rosevelt Skerrit that corrupted crook, these honorary degrees are not accredited institutions by any chance.

        First, that woman Scotland made some white boys dressed Roosevelt in a carnival costume, and told him he is a Knight, hoping people would call him “Sir, Roosevelt Skerrit.
        When that did not work he flew to India and paid for a useless scrap of paper

        When he bought the second piece of hog washing de man organized a carnival in Roseau, telling the idiots who followed him “this is for Dominica!”

        How stupid?

        Hahahahahahahahahah!

      • Me
        February 8, 2021

        Micky Mouse has an honour art degree from Old Fourah Bay College.

  10. Doggie Style
    February 4, 2021

    Madam President, you cannot compare Ross University School of Medicine with St Nicholas University School of Veterinary Medicine AKA Santa Claus University.

    First of all it did not take Ross University 40 years to become a giant in the offshore medical school business. Before you were here, there was also the Ross University School of Medicine which the government of the day, the Dominica Freedom Party, under the leadership of Prime Minister, Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, was forced to leave Dominica and relocated to the twin island state of St Kitts and Nevis.

    Like Ross University, St Nicholas University is starting from humble beginnings… Pray you guys are not kicked out of Dominica as Ross was kicked out of Dominica.

    Pray you guys meet the accreditation requirements that allows for graduates to practice Veterinary Medicine elsewhere other than Dominica.

    I wish you all well in the years to come and that the student population grows rendering business for landlords and…

  11. SN
    February 4, 2021

    I just checked the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website and among the foreign accredited colleges listed, there are only 2 Caribbean colleges – Ross in St. Kitts and St. Georges University in Grenada.

  12. LEJ
    February 4, 2021

    LEJ
    Congratulations Dr. Naderkhani! and Good Luck to St. Nicholas School of Veterinary Studies. Dominica needs this. I urge you to press on regardless of the criticisms and the “Doubting Thomases”.
    I am reminded of a now famous deceased Premier of Dominica, who himself was the subject of much criticism at a time when his vision for a free and independent Dominica was hardly understood. His advice still rings in my ears to this day: “Never mind the envious critics, because in the end those who criticize will be the first to give praise.”
    I can just envision 40 years from now how many skilled and qualified Vets coming out of this institution, and providing professional service in their various. communities.

  13. badbaje
    February 4, 2021

    Admin.
    “Several veterinarians on the island have been offered faculty positions at the university, which is currently located on the corner of Hillsborough Street and Kings Lane in Roseau.”
    Is this the location of the university in it’s entirety, or is it a location of the office?
    I tend to remember this being given as the location of the office sometime before, and the location of the actual university was given as elsewhere.

    ADMIN: This is the main office and current location of the university. Initially, the president stated that plans were in place for a campus in Stock farm.

    When questioned on this she said that details will be confirmed later this year.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 5, 2021

      “Several veterinarians on the island have been offered faculty positions at the university”

      So, how many veterinarians are there practicing in that profession on the island; and if there are several which simple implies more than two; why did they have to send the sick parrots as they claimed to Germany to be treated, and has not yet returned?

      And if the many animal doctors on the island whom they offered jobs decline the offer that in itself should be reason to believe something is wrong, because I am sure that they might be paid more teaching than what they earn practicing on Animals.

      From the day I was born in Dominica to the many times I have returned since I left; I’ve never seen or heard one person in all of Dominica say they are taking their dog or cat to a vet for treatment or even simple grooming eh!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      Maybe when they graduate they will work on sick chickens, manicoo, and rats nuh!

  14. Not A Herd Follower
    February 3, 2021

    Accredited by whom? Please provide the details.

  15. Nkrumah Kwame
    February 3, 2021

    Madam, truth matters! Why not just speak it?? Every time I hear some foreigner insult Dominicans intelligence, I ask myself if they really take us for fools.
    Lady, the simple and honest truth is that you are not an accredited institution so stop the stupidity about:”we have even gone further and are LISTED..”
    Accreditation is “a stamp of approval” awarded to a tertiary education institution by the competent accreditation body of a country as it relates to the QUALITY of the institution involved.
    Consequently, your institution would have to be approved by the National Accreditation Board. What you have been given is a licence to operate which must not be confused with accreditation!
    It is only after having submitted the institution to rigourous Quality Assurance evaluation and met the minimum standards that this “stamp of approval” is awarded and it’s not for a lifetime. Every 7 years or so, it has to be reapplied for.
    HOTEP!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 4, 2021

      Suck it to her; that’s what they do, anything goes in Dominica!

      I read where she said the students can practice in Dominica without hindrance or something to that effect.

      If her so called university is recognized by Government Roosevelt, why would they be restricted to work in Dominica.

      Problem is there are not enough sick animals in Dominica to keep all her prospected veterinary doctors employed!

      Everybody, and any body can come to Dominica and fool us!

      Ross University School of Medicine was in Dominica for more than forty years, it started there, but the University was associated with more than one educational institution in America; I met students (doctors) who studied in Dominica, nevertheless, they did their intern in hospitals in the United States.

      One such doctor operate a medical clinic in the City of Corona California, one of my daughters worked in that clinic at one time, it is still operating successfully.

      • February 5, 2021

        Francisco, why don’t you just shut your mouth for a second. All I read from you is nothing but negativity. What have you done for your country? Nothing but talk a bunch of shit everyday. As I have told you before, Lennox Linton will never be a PM of Dominica. Not on this earth, not on the next one. Neither will be the UWP. You all are just boom boom clats and desparadoes. Unfortunately, the new institution is not under the UWP administration. If it was, you would be singing kudos. Right? Come next election, it will be 21-0 under Labour once more. You jealous?

    • click here
      February 5, 2021

      Dominica has no standards. Anything goes here. Look at the state of Goodwill school

      Who is our accreditation board? All they going to do is review the curricullum and qualifications of faculty.

  16. Sybil nowell
    February 3, 2021

    Dominicans are always negative, don’t mind them carry on as you mean to my lady

  17. Iamanidiot
    February 3, 2021

    More money for government to pay for students

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