Exploring Research at RUSVM
RUSVM’s location in St. Kitts provides the ideal backdrop for conducting surveillance and research programs of strategic importance to the developing world.
At the heart of our continued research efforts is our commitment to One Health. Throughout the tropics, from Africa to Asia and right here in the Caribbean, the number of people afflicted by zoonoses and vector-borne diseases is staggering and the people who are infected are almost always in the world’s poorest regions.
In many cases these zoonotic diseases have existed for centuries, yet research that could lead to diagnosis, treatment and prevention has been neglected. Besides ancient pathogens, new zoonotic diseases are emerging all the time. Meanwhile, the impact on families, communities, populations and economies continues to grow. RUSVM is committed to helping understand and combat these diseases using a One Health approach.
Faculty & Students
RUSVM faculty members participate in research projects totaling more than $12 million from grant-awarding bodies, industry, corporates and governments, and in 2015, our faculty contributed to scholarly literature by publishing almost 100 scientific papers in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. Our research team comprises faculty from across the globe—many with experience at international agencies such as the World Health Organization. RUSVM is providing opportunities for our students to engage in research and benefit from being taught by research leaders in their field—enriching RUSVM's reputation for developing career-ready graduates. Postgraduate students in our Masters and Ph.D. programs are supervised by faculty advisors aligned with one of our Research Centers.
RUSVM’s location in St. Kitts, part of the Eastern Caribbean islands, provides the ideal backdrop for conducting surveillance and research programs of strategic importance to the developing world. Tropical countries are particularly vulnerable to emerging and re-emerging infectious agents due to geographic position, increased international travel, drug resistance and climatic and environmental changes.
Our One Health approach facilitates the implementation of research across all facets of disease and is the theme of RUSVM's largest Research Center. Zoonoses still represent the most significant public health threat, but many of these diseases are neglected. They affect hundreds of thousands of people especially in developing countries, although most of them can be prevented. RUSVM’s One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine has been created specifically to have impact on these issues.
Conservation is another important theme in the school, and studies on artificial coral reefs, the endangered marine species that inhabit them, fish diseases, turtle conservation programs, and management of introduced species, contribute significantly to preservation of ecosystems and the environment, and is supported within the Center for Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health. Innovation and advances in human and animal healthcare depend on progress in understanding the pathogenesis of diseases and the effects of therapies - the theme of the Center for Integrative Mammalian Research. The Center for Research and Innovation in Veterinary and Medical Education promotes the enhancement of the learning environment through scholarly research that encourages creativity and innovation in teaching and learning.
RUSVM seeks to promote the health of all species through the collaborative efforts of veterinarians, physicians, environmental scientists and other experts in a wide range of fields. Researchers and faculty at our institution work in partnership with experts from public, private and government institutions, to expand our understanding of the complex relationships with the vector species as well as contemporary diagnostic strategies and the immunopathogenesis of the target diseases. Strategic partnerships have been formed with institutes that complement the potential for impactful research to help us more effectively deal with future challenges. Organizations such as Moredun Research Institute, the Institute of Tropical Medicine, EcoHealth Alliance, and many Universities throughout the globe are collaborators in our research programs.
Research facilities at RUSVM include laboratory space housing highly-advanced equipment for surveillance and diagnostics, and pathology and histopathology. RUSVM is also committed to building a new $9.5M research building (14,000 sq. ft.) with capacity for 50 researchers and graduate students, with an adjacent pathology facility (5,000 sq. ft.).