Ross Vet School Academic Calendar

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine provides a professional educational environment that prepares you for both general and specialty practice, and careers across the breadth of the profession and spectrum of care.

The Ross Vet school academic calendar operates on a three-semester calendar year with start dates in September, January, and May. Our academic calendar includes a total of seven weeks scheduled for semester breaks. Traditionally, there are two weeks in the April/May break, two weeks in the August/September break and three weeks in the December/January break. Each semester, the Ross Vet school academic calendar includes a one-day, mid-semester break.

The start date for each semester is the day classes begin.

Classes held and University open on Bank Holidays unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change.


Your 3.25 year accelerated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program curriculum includes 10 semesters of learning experiences, totaling 150 weeks of preclinical and clinical studies. A credit hour for the Ross Vet preclinical curriculum is equal to one hour of instructional time and two hours of supplementary time. During your clinical training curriculum, one credit hour equals one week of instructional time.

Your DVM preclinical semesters are scheduled at 15 weeks, including final exams, per the Ross Vet school academic calendar. You must successfully complete a minimum of 45 weeks during your clinical year. Mandatory orientation for first semester DVM and Vet Prep students is conducted each semester the week before classes begin as part of the Ross University vet school academic calendar. Applications are accepted leading up our three flexible start dates in January, May and September. Apply year-round or through VMCAS when the cycle is open.


Program hours for the Graduate degree programs vary by degree. Our Graduate degree programs follow the Ross University vet school calendar.

One Health Programs

Ross Vet reviews Certificate in One Health and MSc in One Health applications on a rolling basis, accepting students for a January, May, or September Ross Vet school academic calendar start.

MSc by Research

We accept students for each January, May, and September Ross Vet school academic calendar start.

PhD by Research

We operate under rolling admissions and there are no application deadlines. We continue to accept applications leading up to each Ross University vet school academic calendar start term.


Spring Term 2023
New Student Arrival Weekend Dec 30-Jan 1
New Year’s Day Jan 1
New Year’s Day Observed Jan 2
Carnival Holiday Jan 3
New Student Orientation and Check-In Jan 2-Jan 6
Continuing Student Check-In Jan 5-9
Classes Begin Jan 9
Late Check-In with Fee Jan 10
Last Day to Drop Core Courses Without Grade Jan 13
White Coat Ceremony* Jan 16
Placement Ceremony* Jan 27
Mid-Semester Break (No Classes, University Closed) Feb 24
Classes Resume Feb 27
Online Registration for Summer Term (Electives Only) March 13-March 31
NAVLE® Testing Window April 3-April 22 (App Deadline Feb 1)
Transition Ceremony/Banquet* TBA
Good Friday April 7
Easter Monday April 10
Last Day of Classes April 14
Final Examinations April 17-April 20
Break (No Classes) April 21-May 7
Final Grades Available to Students via myRoss and Canvas™ April 21 at 5pm AST

*Dates and details of events are subject to change in accordance with safety guidelines. 



Start at Ross Vet in January and you may complete your DVM at the same time as students who begin in the previous September semester at a U.S. school*. 

Programs start January 9, 2023.


Start in May and you may finish 6 months sooner than other accredited schools in the U.S. Programs start May 8, 2023.


Start in our fall session and you may finish 4 months sooner than starting at the same time as  other AVMA-accredited programs in the U.S.*  Programs start September 4, 2023.

Office of the Registrar

1221 North Swift Road,
Addison, IL 60101
Phone: 732-509-9003
Fax: 732-509-4820

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