Ross University Veterinary Medicine is committed to finding students who are passionate about veterinary medicine. If that’s you, they want to know more about you!
The Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Departments: Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Sciences. The RUSVM has 50 acres campus equipped with the latest academic, clinical, laboratory and learning resource facilities. According to the school’s official website, “Since our founding in 1982, RUSVM has graduated more than 3,000 veterinarians. Ross University maintains a technologically advanced campus in St. Kitts, part of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. At our campus, you will find yourself challenged by a broad-based curriculum that provides the foundation for an excellent education and entry into a variety of career pathways in veterinary medicine. The seven-semester pre-clinical curriculum is enhanced by hands-on clinical experience to help prepare you for the final year of clinical training at one of our affiliated veterinary schools in the United States. Our faculty have outstanding credentials in teaching and research and share a passion for educating the veterinarians of tomorrow.”
School of Veterinary Medicine
St Kitts, West Indies
1. Application Deadline
There is no application deadline. They continue to accept applications for each semester. Your application will be automatically considered for the next semester in the event that all seats are filled before you receive a decision.
2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required. If you took the test more than one time, you must submit all the results before the enrollment.
3. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
Based on 2014-2015 tuition rates for the DVM degree:
Tuition: $124,075 ($17,725/semester)
Ross Veterinary School was given full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next full review by the AVMA is scheduled for 2018.
5. School Rank
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine’s rank was not published by US News and World Reports in 2011.
6. School History
The Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1982 and has graduated more than 3,000 veterinarians.
7. Transfer Students
The RUSVM accepts transfer students. The applicant must provide evidence of completion of courses or their equivalent at a school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA.
The RUSVM’s Admissions Committee considers each applicant for admission based on a combination of factors, including:
• Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA)
• GPA in required pre-veterinary course work
• Advanced science courses
• Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
• Personal essay
• Letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references
• Extracurricular activities and accomplishments
• Personal qualities
• Personal interview
Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 2)
1. a pre-health or pre-vet professor
• Application Deadline – no deadline; rolling admission
• Interview – Year-round
• Date acceptances mailed: As soon as possible after the interview
• School begins: Three start dates per year: September, January and May
Before you Apply
Applicants are normally expected to have earned a bachelor’s degree from a North American or similar baccalaureate program. TOEFL is required for applicants presenting fewer than 60 upper-division credits from a college or university where English is not the primary language. The school would need to see your school transcripts and GRE results. They will want to know what kind of student you have been and judge how well you will stand up to the intensity of a veterinary school education. But they also want to know about you as a person, because ultimately that is what will determine the kind of veterinarian you will be. So, in their evaluation process, they give consideration to any student who shows the potential for handling the rigorous academic challenges of the school. In doing so, they focus as much on the life experience and determination of their candidates as on their academic background.
Pre-requisite Course Requirements
Course completion deadline: The required courses below must be completed before enrollment. Minimum of 48 credits is required and courses cannot be more than 10 years old.
• Biology with laboratory (8)
• Cell Biology or Genetics (3); laboratory recommended
• General or Inorganic Chemistry with Laboratory (8)
• Biochemistry (3)
• Physics with laboratory (4)
• Mathematics (3)
• *English (3)
• **Electives/Humanities/Social Sciences (9)
*Preferably to include one semester of English Composition. Canadian students may satisfy English requirements in 4 possible ways: (1) 2 semesters of University humanities where essays composed at least 40% of the overall mark, (2) those holding a grade 13 English credit in Ontario, (3) International Baccalaureate and (4) Advanced Placement English.
**Comparative Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Physiology, Spanish (or other foreign language), Public Speaking, Introduction to business
Veterinary and Animal Experience
Applicants are required to complete the equivalent of at least 150 hours of Veterinary Profession experience, working with animals or veterinary research. It is preferable that all such experience has taken place under the supervision of practicing veterinarians, but comparable experience may be considered.