Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), founded in 1982, is a college offering the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. As of 2014, RUSVM began offering Master of Science and PhD degrees in public health, global animal health, conservation medicine, and other research areas supported by the school. The school is located in St. Kitts. Administrative offices are located in Iselin, NJ. RUSVM is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.
RUSVM students are almost all citizens or permanent residents of the United States, who are eligible to apply for financial assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. As of 2015, the veterinary school has graduated nearly 4,000 veterinarians. RUSVM enrolls students three times per year.
RUSVM was founded in 1982 by entrepreneur Robert Ross, who also founded a separate institution, Ross University School of Medicine, in 1978. Ross had a friend whose son was unable to secure admission to medical schools in the United States, and founded Ross University to give him and others an opportunity to become doctors.
In 2014, RUSVM launched four research centers, to give students a research-informed learning experience and to expand RUSVM’s scientific research focus.
In 2011, RUSVM was accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA-COE)—the Department of Education's accrediting body for veterinary education—effectively validating the quality and breadth of the school’s program.
RUSVM is also accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board Ministry of Education to confer the DVM to students who successfully complete the course of the program.
The Ross University Veterinary Teaching Hospital has also received accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association – the first teaching hospital to achieve this status outside the U.S. and Canada.
In July 2014, RUSVM received accreditation for its Postgraduate Studies program from the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board, effective for five years. The Postgraduate Studies program offers Master of Science (MSc) and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in all research areas supported by RUSVM. Areas of emphasis are guided by RUSVM's themed Research Centers.
RUSVM faculty have been recognized with awards for teaching and research In February 2013, the Association of American Veterinary Colleges (AAVMC) awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award—the most prestigious national teaching award in veterinary medicine—to Mary Anna Thrall, DVM, a professor at RUSVM. In addition, many faculty are top researchers in their specific fields and disciplines.
The university’s DVM curriculum follows models used in U.S. veterinary schools. It covers seven semesters in St. Kitts, followed by a year of clinical education at one of the more than 20 AVMA-accredited veterinary schools in the United States or at the AVMA-accredited Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada. The preclinical program includes a series of "introduction to clinics" courses that provide small-group instruction and hands-on animal experience through community practice, ambulatory practice, or working with university-owned-and-maintained herds of cattle, horses, donkeys, and sheep.
The school has established four Research Centers, each relevant to the concept of One Health in developing or tropical countries. The centers are:
- The One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine
- The Center for Integrative Mammalian Research
- The Center for Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health
- The Center for Research and Innovation in Veterinary and Medical Education
The faculty engage in research projects totaling $21 million from grant-awarding bodies, corporations, and governmental agencies. Faculty authored nearly 100 scientific papers in 2014. Approximately 400 RUSVM students participate in research projects annually, and a course on the principles of veterinary research has been added to the school’s curriculum.
In February 2012, RUSVM partnered with Moredun Research Institute to help generate collaborative scientific research opportunities, as well as training opportunities for research scientists and veterinary students.
RUSVM has begun recruiting students in Singapore for international research internship programs. In October 2014, RUSVM signed a memorandum of understanding with Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, to “develop mutually beneficial collaborations in education and research, as well as provide a pathway for Singapore students to obtain a veterinary degree.
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