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Top 10 Stories from 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we're looking back at some of our most interesting and exciting stories. From innovative projects to student and alumni success stories, help us say goodbye to 2016 with some of our favorite posts from this year!


Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Launches iPad-Enabled Learning Program

Customized learning apps now provide a “campus in a backpack” to support vet students. RUSVM announced the launch of a new program that provides all new students with an iPad® custom-designed to offer a digitally advanced multimedia learning experience.

Nicknamed the “PawPad,” the iPads feature leading-edge learning apps designed by RUSVM to enhance the student experience in the classroom and laboratory.

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5 Things to Know: Neena Golden, the RUSVM Student Who Helped Save a Dog’s Life

You may have heard about Neena Golden in the news—she’s the RUSVM student who helped save a dog’s life minutes before he was to be euthanized.

At the time, Golden was an extern at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. While prepping the dog for the euthanasia procedure, Golden comforted him, petting him and scratching behind his ear. That was when she felt the strange lump that turned out to be a bloated tick—and the cause of Ollie’s mysterious paralysis.

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Realizing a Community Vision: Mary Charles Hospital Reopens to the Public

A local St. Kitts hospital serving approximately 10,000 people has undergone a complete transformation. Established in 1986, MCH had fallen into disrepair and was sorely in need of renovation and supplies, due to outdated or broken equipment and dilapidation of the physical site.

To improve the environment for health care, RUSVM and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, with other private stakeholders spearheaded a partnership to donate much-needed supplies and equipment, along with targeted renovations, to the facility.

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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Appoints Dr. Sean Callanan as Dean

Since joining RUSVM in 2013, Callanan has served as professor of veterinary pathology, director of postgraduate studies and inaugural director of the university’s Center for Integrative Mammalian Research.

With over 25 years of experience in research and veterinary education Dr. Callanan earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University College Dublin, and while at the University of Glasgow, he focused his doctorate studies on infectious diseases and pathology.

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Lions, Tigers, and Leopards, Oh My: Alum Works as Big Cat Veterinarian

There’s no question that alum Justin Boorstein, DVM (’12) loves his job. By day, he works at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Fla., performing surgeries on domestic animals. By night, he volunteers at the Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, doing… more surgeries and basic care on big cats.

Dr. Boorstein recently came back to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) to speak to vet students in the Zoo, Exotic and Wildlife club on campus. It was an opportunity for students to learn about the basics of treating and caring for big cats, including feeding, cleaning, enrichment, common diseases and safety.

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RUSVM and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Sign Memorandum of Understanding

RUSVM and the Bloomberg School signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore research collaborations and joint educational activities to benefit students at both institutions. The MOU marks the first such relationship with a veterinary school for the Bloomberg School.

Leaders from Ross and the Bloomberg School noted their mutual interest in issues such as food security and animal-borne disease.

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This Student Charted Her Own Path to Becoming a Veterinarian

On paper, the decision was loud, clear, and written in bold: Student not competitive for admission to veterinary college. Will discuss options for other career choices.

“I spent the next hour across from [a career advisor] who was very diligent in talking me out of my dream,” says Erika Blanco, now a fifth-semester student at RUSVM. “He told me to be realistic, to look at the evidence that supported my shortcomings and to accept that I would never become a veterinarian.”

Blanco wasn’t having any of that.

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One Health Day, Every Day at RUSVM

One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines to achieve optimal health for people, animals and the environment. On Nov. 3, RUSVM students and faculty introduced the first One Health Day on campus to raise awareness of how much we depend on our environment for food, water, shelter and overall health.

The events on campus were held in conjunction with 130 One Health Day events that took place across 37 countries.

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RUSVM Student to Present Sea Turtle Research in Peru

As a member of the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN), student Kristine Hill works late into the night to help preserve some of the most endangered turtles on the planet.

Hill, a 3rd semester Integrated DVM/Masters by Research student, has focused her studies on understanding why some sea turtle hatchlings thrive in St. Kitts and others perish. She traveled to Lima, Peru in March to present a poster of preliminary findings at the 36th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.

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Alumna’s Career Transition Leads to $60,000 in Scholarships for RUSVM Students

RUSVM is the first institution to benefit from the Blue Buffalo Foundation's new initiative to provide financial support to aspiring veterinarians. Nearly five years ago Victoria Carmella, DVM, (Class of 2007) left the private practice she co-owned in Bridgeport, CT and joined Blue Buffalo, one of the leading natural pet food companies in the nation.

Recognizing the common mission and dedication to animal health shared by the Blue Buffalo Foundation and her alma mater, Dr. Carmella sought to establish a relationship between the two organizations.

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