Learn more about admissions requirements for applicants from educational programs outside the US or Canada
RUSVM gives serious consideration to all candidates showing the potential to meet the rigorous academic requirements of a highly structured veterinary medicine curriculum. The International Admissions Committee will look at a variety of factors in determining suitability for our program including:
- Grades from Coursework
- Two letters of reference
- Personal statement
- Personal interview (may be virtual)
- Recommended Pre-Requisite Coursework
Applicants will be evaluated based on grades achieved during their coursework, and will be expected to have undertaken general university-level science training after Year 13 of the school program.
Bachelor of Science (BSc): Applicants who have completed a BSc must have achieved at least an upper second class honours (2:1).
A Levels: Applicants possessing A-Level or similar courses should achieve the following PLUS complete at least one year of an appropriate biological science programme at the university level with good grades achieved:
Three A levels ABB-BBB, including Biology and Chemistry at A level and one other A level approved for a veterinary degree. If Physics and Maths have not been taken at A level, the candidate must have good passes in Physics and Maths at GCSE level.
Scottish Highers: Applicants should achieve the following in Year 12 PLUS have completed at least two years of an appropriate biological science programme at the university level with good grades achieved OR BB at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and Biology plus one year of an appropriate science programme at the university level, with good grades achieved.
Five Highers AABBB/C. Must have Chemistry and two of Biology, Maths, Physics, plus two other subjects. Must have good standard grade passes in each of Biology, Maths and Physics.
International Baccalaureate (IB): Applicants should achieve the following PLUS complete at least one year of an appropriate biological science programme at the university level with good grades achieved.
The minimum entry is 32-36 points. Must include higher level in Chemistry, Biology, and either Maths or Physics. If Physics does not form part of the IB diploma, candidates must possess GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.
**If English is not your primary language, you may be requested to provide RUSVM with your official record of scores for one of the following:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT – 100 or above 23 in each section
- IGCSE English (First language) Grade B
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 7.0
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic – 67
- Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 185
Your personal statement gives us an idea of your skills, achievements, and motivation, which are important factors in assessing your application. It should refer to practical work experience in veterinary settings – including research. We recognize that such opportunities may not be available to all candidates.
Applicants whose credentials are judged to be indicative of the potential for successful completion of the prescribed curriculum will be invited for interview, generally within two to four weeks after initial application materials have been received. The interview helps assess overall personal and academic background, maturity, adaptability, character, aptitude, and most importantly, your motivation to become a veterinarian. Interviews may be conducted virtually.
Letters of Reference
Two official letters of reference: either from two faculty members from the applicant’s first degree, acquainted with the applicant's academic ability; or one from a faculty member, and one from a veterinarian or other professional acquainted with the applicant's veterinary or research experience. All letters must be on proper letterhead with contact information included and sent directly from the referee to the RUSVM Office of Admissions.
Persons whose applications are incomplete, or whose qualifications are not acceptable, will be so notified. The International Admissions Committee's decision is communicated by letter to the applicant as soon as possible.
A dean's scholarship may be available for appropriately qualified students.
There are no application deadlines as RUSVM operates under a rolling application process (intakes in January, May and September). We continue to accept applications for each semester until all seats are filled. In the event that all seats are filled before an applicant receives a decision, the application is automatically considered for the next available semester.
Policy on Non-discrimination
The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, or age in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. It is the policy and practice of the University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as applicable and practical in St. Kitts. No qualified individual with a disability will be denied access to or participation in services, programs, or activities of RUSVM.