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Vet Prep Program

RUSVM offers a one-semester Veterinary Preparatory (VetPrep) program for students who may benefit from specific courses that will enhance the likelihood of their success in veterinary school.


Courses in the VetPrep program include science, mathematics, and scientific writing. Case-based learning is a separate course, though its principles are used throughout the VetPrep program. Additionally, students can benefit from a transitional course that introduces them to their academic veterinary medicine program and promotes mindfulness and study skills. Students who successfully complete the VetPrep program will be placed into first semester classes. The Admissions Committee decides who is accepted into this program.

Course No.

Course Title

Credits

VPRP 902

Clinical Applications

1

VPRP 905

Medical Mathematics and Introduction to Pharmacology

3

VPRP 906

Introduction to Microbiology

2

VPRP 907

Cellular (Cell) Physiology

4

VPRP 908

Transition to Veterinary Student Life

1

VPRP 909

Veterinary Terminology and Scientific Writing

1

VPRP 910

Case Based Learning

2

Total

 

14

vet prep course descriptions

  • VPRP 902
    Clinical Applications (1 credit)

    Provides the student with a clinical setting to integrate material that is taught in other vet prep courses. Within this clinical setting the concepts of anatomy and physical examination will be demonstrated and then practiced by the student. This course integrates with the Case-based learning course. Clinical skills will be focused on small animals, however other species will be introduced to emphasize comparative anatomy of common domestic species. The students will begin learning the process of acquiring information from a physical exam and applying it in order to formulate a clinical profile for an animal. Animal handling, restraint, and physical exam techniques will be demonstrated and practiced. Students are also introduced to the concepts of veterinary medical record keeping, problem-based medical record and the SOAP format.

  • VPRP 905
    Medical Mathematics and Introduction to Pharmacology (3 credits)

    Reviews basic mathematics and teaches abbreviations common to medication administration, and methods of solving problems related to drug dosage and intravenous infusions, toxicology calculations, ionization of drug calculations, pharmacokinetic calculations and basic statistics, as well as learning the general principles of pharmacology.

  • VPRP 906
    Introduction to Microbiology (2 credits)

    Covers the physiology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology of medically important bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, nematodes, cestodes and trematodes. Selected diseases that bring into sharp focus the conflict between host and pathogen are covered. Also covered is the central role of host immune responses [innate and adaptive], which ensure that most host-pathogen contacts do not lead to disease.

  • VPRP 907
    Cellular (Cell) Physiology (4 credits)

    The overarching theme of the course is homeostasis, particularly as it applies to energy balance (anabolism and catabolism), water balance (to include distribution, Starling pressures and osmotic balance), membrane physiology (to include receptors, transporters and second messengers), intercellular communication and acid-base balance. The roles of individual cell types (e.g., hepatocytes, adipocytes, myocytes, tubular cells, neurons, endocrine cells, erythrocytes) and their regulation in the service of homeostasis are discussed.

  • VPRP 908
    Transition to Veterinary Student Life (1 credit)

    Designed to help students adjust to island life and professional school while promoting mindfulness practice (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program in human medicine) and developing the skills necessary to attain success at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. It also serves as an introduction to veterinary medicine, giving opportunity for students to learn more about the various disciplines within the profession from a variety of individuals.

  • VPRP 909
    Veterinary Terminology and Scientific Writing (1 credit)

    Introduces students to medical terminology that will be utilized in the veterinary curriculum. The course begins with basic directional/positional terms and then proceeds to terms that are pertinent to each body system. Scientific articles will be used to highlight the use of these terms. Short writing assignments and verbal exercises will be used to enable the student to practice using these terms.

  • VPRP 910
    Case Based Learning (2 credits)

    A template for solving clinical problems will be introduced in a small group setting. The group will examine clinical case scenarios that integrate concepts and information presented in other classes and information found during assigned independent research in the library and on the web. A problem-oriented approach will be used to help explore the problem, formulate appropriate differential diagnoses, and develop a plan for its accurate diagnosis and amelioration.

Important Dates

Attend an Event
July 05 Webinar: Step-by-step guide on the Admissions Process
July 27 Webinar: Externships and the Clinical Year
August 17 Webinar: Life in St. Kitts