WELCOME PARENTS & FAMILY!
We know veterinary school can be a family affair, so we want to provide our students and their families with as much support as they need to make the entire experience a memorable one.
Get details on how to make your transition to the island as smooth as possible, from visa information and required documents, to shipping, banking, insurance coverage, and more.
Things to do in St. Kitts
St. Kitts is an island rich with culture and opportunity to explore, so learn more about what you can experience outside of the classroom.
Animals aren't the only ones who need care - find out more about our health and wellness services on campus available to students and family.
Very Important Partner Club
The Very Important Partner (VIP) Club was established as a support group for spouses, partners, and significant others of students attending RUSVM, and has grown considerably throughout the years. Many students move their entire families to St. Kitts to be with them while they pursue their education. Through the VIP Club, these family members/partners can meet others in similar situations in a supportive and fun environment.
Some of the activities planned by the VIPs include weekly volleyball games, hikes, trips, and dinners.
The VIP Club is always looking for fresh ideas so feel free to bring to the table any ideas they you may have to offer.
On the first day of each semester, a general VIP meeting is held on campus from 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. All VIPs are invited to attend. Following this meeting, VIPs who need to apply for or renew the visitor’s visa can visit the Housing Office in Tegreman Hall 111 to complete and submit their visitor’s visa documents. New VIPs and VIPs who have been living on the island must ensure that their visitor’s visa is at all times up-to-date. VIPs who will be staying on island for more than 30 days will require a visitor’s visa.
In preparation for the visitor’s visa please refer to this link to ensure that you arrive on island with all the necessary visa requirements. The visa documents must be submitted to Colleen Govia at the Housing Office within your first 30 days on the island. While there are no medical requirements for persons entering and staying on island we strongly recommend that your Tetanus, Hepatitis A & B are up to date.
VIPs already in St. Kitts
Ensure that your visitor’s visa is renewed within two weeks of expiring. Ensure that you submit the required documents listed under Visa Requirements on this page.
Note: It is an offense to be in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis without a valid visitor’s visa. An expired visa can lead to deportation.
Employment in St. Kitts is strictly regulated by work permits, although there are opportunities to volunteer in St. Kitts for those who want to keep their resumes up-to-date. When you arrive on island you can look into these options. Career opportunities at RUSVM can be found through the RUSVM careers page Work permits may not be applied for while living on the island unless it is a job located on the RUSVM campus.
VIP Coordinators Kayla Sell, Joe Langlee, and Jason Hanley offer guidance to other VIPs on transitioning to the island as well as offering positive support throughout the duration of your stay. Colleen Govia is our VIP Advisor who works in the Housing Dept. Colleen works along with the VIP Coordinators in addition to managing all VIP visa extensions.