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.”