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WIVC 2017 General Information

Venue Information

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) will once again be hosting the West Indies Veterinary Conference at the beautiful St. Kitts Marriot Resort, in St. Kitts, West Indies.

The St. Kitts Marriott Resort is located 4 miles from the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. Estimated taxi fare is USD$20 one-way. Please note that the St. Kitts Marriott Resort does not provide a shuttle service to and from the airport.

The conference lectures will be held in the Ballroom and Saba Room of the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. Follow the signs from the hotel lobby. The Echocardiography Wet Lab will be held at the RUSVM campus.

Transport for the Echocardiography Wet lab and to events associated with the WIVC will be provided, where needed, from the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

Hotel Accommodation

A special conference rate has been secured at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort for rooms during the West Indies Veterinary Conference. To make your reservation online, please use the dedicated website by clicking here. To make your reservation by phone, please call: 869-466-1200 and mention West Indies Veterinary Conference.

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino captures the many moods of one of the most relaxing and romantic Caribbean Islands. This incredible resort offers an unparalleled island vacation experience. Its luxury guest rooms, trimmed with West Indian accents and cutting-edge comforts, are spacious and welcoming. That same Caribbean flavor sets the tone in the resort's eight restaurants and three lounges. For those who enjoy games of chance, the resort offers the 35,000 sq ft Royal Beach Casino. The casino offers many traditional gaming options as well as 3-card poker, Texas Hold 'em, and the new Sports & Race book. The casino is one of the Caribbean's largest and most luxurious. The 15,000 sq ft Emerald Mist Spa includes men's and women's saunas, hot and cold tubs, and relaxation lounges that will take you away from the bustle of everyday life.

Hotel Highlights
♦ 26-acre paradise of sun-drenched landscaping, coupled with championship golf plus a pristine beach
♦ 15,000-sq-ft Emerald Mist Spa & Fitness Center offering health, beauty and therapeutic programs
♦ 38,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space in a magnificent tropical setting
♦ Casino on-site

Social Events

Your learning doesn’t have to stop with the Continuing Education sessions; the conference also gives you an opportunity to explore the rich culture of St. Kitts (and its sister island, Nevis). You will have the opportunity to partake in a number of social events. Optional day excursions can also be booked through the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

  • Joseph Wilder Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser/Talent Show
    Saturday 4th November/St. Kitts Marriott Resort

    • 8-11.45PM - St. Kitts Marriott Resort, Saba Room

    Join us for the Joseph Wilder Memorial Surgical Scholarship Fundraiser and Talent Show and discover the talents of the Ross community. Created by Ross grad Dr. Nick Spaccarelli in honor of fellow Ross graduate Dr. Joseph Wilder, the Joseph “Joie” Wilder Memorial Surgical Scholarship is awarded annually to a seventh semester student at RUSVM. The award winner is selected by a panel of surgery professors for surgical skills and prowess. All event proceeds go towards the Joseph Wilder Memorial Surgical Scholarship. Please note that this event is organized by RUSVM’s fifth semester students and tickets will be available for purchase on Saturday 4th November and at the door.

  • Opening Cocktail Reception
    Sunday 5th November/St. Kitts Marriott Resort

    5.30-7.00PM St. Kitts Marriott Resort Concourse
    Included in conference registration fee.

    Kick start the conference in style with our "Night at the Movies" event. Meet fellow colleagues, Ross grads, faculty, sponsors and speakers whilst enjoying Caribbean entertainment.

  • Campus Tours and Alumni Reception Event
    Monday 6th November/Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Campus

    Campus tours: 4.00-5.30PM
    Alumni Reception: 5.30-7.00PM

    Included in Registration Fee.

    Discover the RUSVM campus, where our DVM students spend 7 semesters of preclinical training in a unique environment. Campus tours are also an opportunity for our alums to see how much the RUSVM campus has changed since their last visit! Attendees will go on small group tours with a guide from our campus community.

    RUSVM welcomes all our conference attendees on our beautiful campus! Attendees will be able to mingle with colleagues or reconnect with fellow classmates. The Alumni Reception is also an opportunity to celebrate Ross classes ending in ‘2 and ‘7. Light refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and Caribbean entertainment will be provided.

  • Sunset seaside dinner Event
    Wednesday 8th November/Reggae Beach Bar and Grill

    6PM-9PM: Reggae Beach Bar and Grill

    Enjoy an informal dinner and bonfire in a beautiful seaside setting at a well-known St. Kitts’ establishment. A perfect opportunity to network with fellow conference attendees!

    Adult fee: USD50; Children fee: USD35 (under 5's complimentary)

  • Catamaran/Snorkel Trip to Nevis
    Thursday 9th November


    Set sail to beautiful neighboring island Nevis, stopping along the way to enjoy Caribbean snorkeling at its best. Lunch will be served on board, leaving plenty of time for beach time and relaxation in Nevis. This is a popular event. Early registration is recommended.

    Adult fee: USD90; Children fee: USD60 (under 5's complimentary)

  • Closing Gala
    Friday 10th November/St. Kitts Marriott Resort

    6-9PM: St. Kitts Marriott Resort

    Celebrate a week of learning and networking at the Conference Closing Gala. Enjoy a Caribbean-inspired dinner and entertainment under the stars.

    Adult fee: USD70; Child fee: USD50 (under 5's complimentary)

St. Kitts Information

Although the official unit of currency in St. Kitts and Nevis is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, the U.S. Dollar is widely accepted (approx. EC$2.70 to USD$1.00). credit cards are also accepted at many island hotspots (although there are limitations on cards other than Visa and MasterCard).

Getting to St. Kitts
Flights to the St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport are available from Miami, New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Toronto, London and neighboring Caribbean islands.