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DVM Program

Step outside of the familiar, and into a new world of possibilities.

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) looks for hardworking students with the passion to pursue a career in veterinary medicine—students who are ready to see the world from a different perspective and help save it, one animal at a time.

RUSVM’s exciting international location can be an adventure, if you want it to be. It can be an opportunity to focus on tropical veterinary medicine, conservation of endangered species, preservation of ecosystems, zoonotic diseases and how they affect livestock, and much more. Our unique environment will challenge you to become engaged, compassionate, and ready to make a difference in the ever-changing landscape of animal health.

Facts About Our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program
  • The preclinical curriculum takes place in St. Kitts and consists of seven semesters (130 semester credit hours) of specifically prescribed course work.
  • Students may then begin the final three semesters (consisting of semester 8,9, and 10 – minimum of 45 weeks) of clinical training at one of our affiliated American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited schools of veterinary medicine in the US, Canada, or other international locations.
  • After completing clinical training, students are then eligible to apply and test for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in the US.

In addition, our students have the opportunity to undertake combined DVM/Master of Science (MSc) by Research degree programs, combining veterinary education with postgraduate level research training. Two tracks are available, integrated and intercalated.*

Once you become a vet, people will instantly open up to you as someone who may be able to give some guidance. I’m impressed by how powerful it is as a title. It’s such a powerful statement to say, ‘I’m a veterinarian'

- Krista Keller, DVM, Dipl ACZM ('10)


Download a digital copy of our DVM program guide to get an overview of what you can expect to learn as a DVM student. 

*The MSc by Research degree program is not Title IV eligible.

Important Dates

Events & Deadlines
December 15 Fall Semester Ends
January 09 Spring Semester Starts
January 09 Spring White Coat Ceremony