ST JOHN’S, Antigua – For the first time since the abrupt closure of the American University of Antigua’s (AUA) veterinary school, its administrators are now publicly saying that the decision was taken “after carefully considering the best interests of the school’s present and future students.”
The facility suspended all classes for 2012 and closed its doors on December 14.
Officials initially did not respond to media inquiries seeking details about what led to the programme’s demise or how many students are impacted.
However, Senior Vice President for Enrolment and Chief Operating Officer Dick Woodward has since said that undergraduates would be transferred to St George’s University in Grenada while others have already been accepted to Virginia Tech Veterinary School to complete their studies.
Woodward noted those prospective students who have submitted applications to AUA’s veterinary programme could have their files forwarded directly to St George’s Veterinary school for consideration. Those students are advised work directly with the AUA admissions office to facilitate this process.
AUA opened its doors in 2004 as an institution focused on human medical education that caters to students from the United States. Nursing and medical programmes initially were established. The veterinary college opened in 2009 and accepted its inaugural class in January 2010.