Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine
St. Kitts, West Indies
Graduating more than 3,000 veterinarians since the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine’s began in 1982, the school has kept advancing its educational and research commitment to veterinary medicine.
The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts and is part of Ross University. The veterinary program provides students with practical experience in a clinical setting during the program’s final year in a cooperating school in the United States. Students benefit from the school’s dual accreditation by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board and the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. This certification permits graduates to have the option to practice in parts of North America including the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
“Students benefit from an accelerated program of seven semesters of integrated pre-clinical and clinical studies at our campus facilities in St. Kitts and a further year of clinical training at our affiliated veterinary hospitals in the United States—soon to be extended internationally,” according to university spokespersons.
Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine has a wide breadth of graduate training programs. Along with their DVM, graduate students have two Masters of Science options, along with a PhD program, providing students with a comprehensive selection of programs for further clinical or academic work.
Veterinary students pursuing a Masters of Science (MSc) in One Health prepares veterinary and non-veterinary students with One Health principles. One highlight of this program, according to university spokespeople include “reducing the burden of zoonoses.”
What this means for students is that they are able to study, according to its website, include “disease affecting livestock production and health have serious impacts on the economic growth, health and food security and alleviation of poverty in tropical and resource constrained countries.” The program puts an emphasis on training students to see how modified environments and diseases interact and what dangers they are to the global food supply, human health and species at risk of extinction.
“At the core of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine's mission is our commitment to research,” the university spokesperson explained. “In 2012, the school began to refresh its research strategy, extending its collaborations and making several strategic appointments to ensure that RUSVM is providing opportunities for our students to engage in research and benefit from teaching by research leaders in their field—supplementing RUSVM's reputation for developing career-ready graduates.”
Part of their continued research efforts, according to university spokespeople, includes expanding research and bringing four brand-new research facilities online to increase their teaching and scientific advancement capabilities. Facility highlights include:
Helping researchers in the field where the diseases are common-place to the laboratory where they can be isolated, The One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine center provides analysis of new and existing diseases regardless if they are bacteria, virus or parasite-based contagions.
Another facility is The Center for Conservation Medicine Ecosystem Health. As their website explains, its mission to is lead research efforts towards veterinary practice, train students and understand and maintain “the health of populations, communities, and ecosystems.”
At a Glance
Location: St. Kitts, West Indies
Programs: DVM, Masters of Science (Msc), Doctoral (PhD)
Tuition: $17,725 (Vet Prep Program and Basic Sciences); $22,250 (Clinical Sciences)