Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine
AVMA American Veterinary Medical Association
CVMA Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
AAVMC affiliate member
Ross University is devoted to the education of medical professionals in both Veterinary and Human Medicine. The School of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1982, is located on the island of St. Kitts in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The School of Medicine, founded in 1978, is located in Dominica, West Indies. Both schools are supported by administrative offices located in Edison, New Jersey.
The mission of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is met through a seven-semester Pre-clinical Curriculum on the island of St. Kitts. The final three semester Clinical Curriculum is accomplished though contractual agreements with one of 23 AVMA accredited university veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States. The Pre-clinical Curriculum is a rigorous, comprehensive program delivered by a traditional lecture-and-laboratory learning experience. The program is enhanced through a series of Introduction to Clinics courses that provide small group instruction and hands-on animal experience through our community practice, ambulatory practice, or working with University-owned-and-maintained herds of cattle, horses, donkeys, and sheep.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine has graduated over 1,800 veterinarians since its inception. Nearly all students are American or Canadian citizens and return to North America to become licensed and pursue their careers. Graduates are eligible for licensure in all 50 states and Canada. The program has a rolling admissions process, and a new semester begins three times a year: January, May, and September. Each semester is 15 weeks long, including final exam week. Typically, the January and May semester breaks are two weeks long, and the end of the September semester break is three weeks. Each semester, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine has a one-day mid-semester break.
During the seven semesters on campus, students are encouraged to participate in the Ross Research and Clinical Seminar Series offered for two days, three times a year. Faculty speakers from affiliate institutions in the U.S. are invited to provide lectures to students independent of the core curriculum. The objective is to encourage and develop the mindset for lifelong learning and to expose students to clinical material and applied research early in their education. Speakers present material from a wide range of specialized topics with emphasis on clinical information derived from applied research and scientific discovery.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine's academic achievements have been recognized by the following:
United States Department of Education: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is certified as an eligible institution for the Title IV United States Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program.
Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis: Ross University is accredited by the St. Kitts and Nevis accreditation board to confer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.