Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) has signed an articulation agreement with the University of Cape Town, South Africa—a move that boosts opportunities for qualified students from South Africa to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. This marks the second articulation agreement that RUSVM has entered with a South Africa university, the first being Stellenbosch University.
Through this agreement, students from the University of Cape Town who meet specified academic requirements may gain direct admission to RUSVM. These qualified students will have their application fees waived and guaranteed interviews.
“This agreement reinforces our commitment to providing key training to aspiring veterinary professionals in areas that are strategically important to global health,” said Dr. Carmen Fuentealba, Executive Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning. “This new partnership provides even greater access for qualified students from South Africa to receive a quality veterinary education and become contributors to human and animal medicine.”
“The Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town welcomes this exciting opportunity for our students to enter veterinary training outside of the country,” said Dr. Anton le Roex, Dean of Faculty of Science, Cape Town University.” “Capacity for veterinary training within South Africa is limited, and this articulation agreement with RUVSM will allow an alternate route for our students to qualify in this important field.”
According to a press release from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), there is a demand for a strong and well-trained veterinary network worldwide, due to the growing importance of animal diseases and zoonoses. Infectious disease agents and toxins found in animal populations and animal products are considered an ongoing threat to animal health, economies, biodiversity, food security, food safety and public health. A conference hosted by the OIE in October 2015 reviewed the important need for trained veterinarians and para-veterinary professionals in Africa.
About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), founded in 1982, is committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of an international public and professional healthcare team, and to advance human, animal and ecosystem health (One Health Initiative) through research and knowledge exchange.
The research programs initiated by RUSVM place emphasis on emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases, conservation medicine, and ecosystem health. RUSVM offers postgraduate Masters, PhD and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs, which are all accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board. The DVM program holds accredited status from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The RUSVM Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information on RUSVM, visit www.rossu.edu/vet.
About University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. The University was founded in 1829 as the South African College, which had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880. The College developed into a fully-fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, with increased funding from private sources and the government. Since inception UCT has been strongly research focused and today is the highest ranked university on the African continent, and is ranked amongst the top few hundred internationally.
UCT’s Faculty of Science was formally established in 1918 and initially comprised seven departments, but expanded over the subsequent years to comprise the present twelve departments, covering all the natural sciences and mathematics. The Science Faculty is today recognized as a leading Science faculty offering a wide range of undergraduate majors and postgraduate degrees. The twelve departments host ~1500 undergraduate students and ~900 postgraduate students, over 400 of whom are doctoral students. For more information about the University of Cape Town and Faculty of Science visit www.science.uct.ac.za