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Student Support Services

At St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine (SMUSVM), our focus is to empower students throughout their academic journey.

We are committed to providing support to all of our students, ensuring that they have the necessary resources and assistance to succeed in their veterinary studies. Our mission is to offer comprehensive support services that promote personal and academic development, ultimately helping students thrive during their time at SMUSVM.

Academic Support

Faculty Mentors

We understand that transitioning to a new place and embarking on a rigorous veterinary education can be both exciting and challenging. That’s why we have a dedicated team of Faculty Mentors to support you every step of the way. Student Support is an important aspect of your veterinary education, as you will find guidance for the duration of your studies.

Faculty Mentors at SMUSVM are here to provide valuable advice and assistance to help you adjust to living in Grand Cayman and successfully navigate the demands of veterinary education. Whether you have questions about the local community, need guidance on academic matters, or seek support for personal development, your Faculty Advisor is there to lend a helping hand.

One of the key roles of Faculty Mentors is to create a sense of belonging and connection among students. We believe that feeling a part of a supportive community is essential for your academic and personal growth. Throughout your veterinary education, your Faculty Advisor will remain a part of your support system. They will be there to listen, provide guidance, and offer encouragement whenever you need it. Our goal is to ensure that you feel supported and empowered to excel in your studies and future veterinary career.

Your journey with your Faculty Mentor will begin on Orientation Day when you are assigned a dedicated advisor. You will have the opportunity to meet them on the same day, and from that point on, you will have a reliable point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have.

At SMUSVM, we believe that the relationship between students and Faculty Mentors is an essential part of the learning experience. Together, we will work to make your time at SMUSVM fulfilling and successful, both academically and personally. We look forward to being a part of your veterinary education journey and assisting you in achieving your goals.

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Student Mentors

Each incoming student is matched with a current Student Mentor with the aim of encouraging collaboration between students in order to promote unity and interaction within the university. This provides opportunity for newer students to gain access to valuable information and the experience of the Student Mentor, which helps ease their transition to the island and the school. This peer-to-peer support provides helpful academic and personal support to students.

Teaching Assistants

Our dedicated Teaching Assistants (TAs) are an integral part of your learning journey, committed to enhancing your academic experience and helping you excel in your studies.

The role of our Teaching Assistants is designed to support your learning process. During recitation sessions, student TAs provide valuable insights and clarifications, allowing you to deepen your understanding of the course material.

Together, with our team of professors and TAs, we are committed to providing you with the support and resources necessary to thrive academically and reach your full potential.

The Learning Center

Your ultimate destination for academic excellence at St. Matthew’s University!

We are committed to helping you reach your full potential and achieve outstanding results in your studies.

Struggling with a challenging concept? Need assistance in improving your study habits? The Learning Center is here to lend a helping hand. Our services are tailored to meet your unique needs, ensuring that you receive personalized attention and support.

Our key offerings include:

  1. One-on-One Consultations: Experience individualized attention as we work closely with you to create personalized learning plans. By understanding your learning style and academic goals, we design a roadmap for your success.
  2. Active Learning Strategies: Engage and immerse yourself in the learning process with our active learning strategies. These innovative approaches will enhance your understanding.
  3. Time Management Support: Balancing academics, extracurricular activities, and personal life can be challenging. Our time management support equips you with practical techniques to make the most of your time and optimize your productivity.
  4. Goal Setting Assistance: Define your academic aspirations and map out a clear path to achievement with our goal setting assistance. We will help you set realistic and achievable milestones to drive your academic progress.
  5. Effective Exam Preparation: We work with you to provide exam preparation strategies and valuable test-taking tips to help you perform at your absolute best.

The Learning Center is one of the many pillars of Student Support Services at St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. At The Learning Center, we believe that every student has the potential for greatness. Our dedicated team is committed to nurturing that potential, empowering you to excel academically and beyond. No matter the challenge you face, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Through a collaborative and individual approach, we work with you to identify your strengths, weaknesses, and goals. We will help with creating  personalized plans and provide ongoing support to help you stay on track and reach your full potential.

Our aim is to empower you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to excel in your studies and achieve your goals.

By understanding your academic journey and personal ambitions, we create plans that align with your needs and learning style.

With ongoing support and guidance, we will assist you in staying focused, motivated, and on track throughout your academic endeavors. 

We aim to nurture your personal growth and self-confidence. We believe that every student has the  potential, and we help  you to unlock that potential, empowering you to surpass your own expectations and achieve your goals.

The learning center is dedicated to your growth and well-being. Together, we will pave the way for your academic journey, and there’s no limit to what you can achieve with the right support and guidance.

We are excited to be a part of your academic journey and witness the extraordinary accomplishments that lie ahead.

Student Counseling

We offer several group activities and one-to-one support for students who require assistance. Students can book in-person or virtual meetings with the school counselor for help with anything that is hindering their ability to perform to the best of their ability as a veterinary student. Students may, for example, need help with:

  • Management of performance/test anxiety
  • Management of life/situational difficulties
  • Resolving interpersonal conflicts
  • Concerns relating to transitioning to a veterinary school or island life

Life can present unexpected challenges, and we are here to help you navigate through difficult situations. Whether it’s adjusting to veterinary school, managing relationships, or coping with personal crises, we are here to provide support and guidance.

Student Support Services Programming (Wellness)

At St. Matthew’s University, we believe that a healthy mind and body are essential for personal and academic success. Our wellness activities are designed to promote physical, emotional, and social well-being.

Community Building Efforts

We understand the importance of a strong and supportive community. Through various events and initiatives, we aim to foster a sense of belonging and connection among students, making your veterinary school experience truly memorable.

We wholeheartedly embrace the philosophy that a healthy mind and body form the foundation for personal and academic triumph. As a testament to this belief, our comprehensive wellness activities are thoughtfully designed to promote physical, emotional, and social well-being, empowering you to thrive in every aspect of your life.

Community-Building Events

We celebrate the power of community. Through a variety of vibrant events and initiatives, we are dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive atmosphere where every student feels a deep sense of belonging and connection. From social gatherings to collaborative activities, these community-building efforts ensure that your veterinary school experience is enriched with camaraderie, friendship, and lasting memories.

At the heart of our wellness activities lies a commitment to nurturing your holistic development. We firmly believe that a thriving community and a robust wellness program contribute to your overall growth, enabling you to excel not only academically but also personally and professionally.

Role of Dean of Students

The Dean of Students plays a crucial role in advocating for student welfare and creating a positive campus culture. They are available to address student concerns and collaborate with various departments to ensure a supportive and inclusive learning environment.