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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 postgraduate degree programs vary by degree. Our Postgraduate 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 Certificate students for a January, May, or September Ross Vet school academic calendar start and MSc Students for a September start.
MSc by Research
We accept students for each January, May, and September Ross Vet school academic calendar start.
Ph.D. by Research
We operate under rolling admissions and there are no application deadlines. We continue to accept applications leading up to each Ross Vet school academic calendar start term.
RUSVM Academic Calendar 2020
|Online Registration (Elective Courses Only) for Fall Term||July 6–24|
|Summer Semester Ends||Aug 13|
|New Student Arrival Weekend||Aug 28-30|
|New Student Orientation and Check-In||Aug 31-Sept 4|
|Continuing Student Check-In||Sept 6-7|
|Late Check-In with Fee||Sept 8|
|Classes Begin||Sept 7|
|White Coat Ceremony||Sept 7|
|Last Day to Drop Core Courses Without a Grade||Sept 11|
|National Heroes Day||Sept 16|
|Independence Holiday (No Classes, University Closed)||Sept 19|
|Placement Ceremony||Sept 25|
|Mid-Semester Break (No Classes, University Closed)||Oct 26|
|Classes resume||Oct 27|
|One Health Week||Not Yet Published|
|West Indies Veterinary Conference / Jobs & Externship Fair||Nov 1-6|
|Online Registration for Fall Term||Nov 2–20|
|NAVLE||Not Yet Published|
|Transition Ceremony||Dec 10|
|Last Day of Classes||Dec 11|
|Final Examinations||Dec 14-17|
|Final Grades Available to Students via myRoss||Dec 19|
|Breaks (No Classes)||Dec 18-Jan 10|
|Christmas Day (No Classes, University Closed)||Dec 25|
|Boxing Day (No Classes, University Closed)||Dec 26|
RUSVM Academic Calendar 2021
|New Student Arrival Weekend||Dec 27–29|
|New Year’s Day (No Classes)||Jan 1|
|Carnival Holiday (No Classes)||Jan 2|
|New Student Orientation and Check-In||Jan 4–8|
|Continuing Student Check-In||Jan 10–11|
|Late Check-In with Fee||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin||Jan 11|
|White Coat Ceremony||Jan 11|
|Last Day to Drop Core Courses Without Grade||Jan 15|
|Placement Ceremony||Jan 29|
|Mid-Semester Break (No Classes, University Closed)||March 1|
|Classes resume||March 2|
|Online Registration (Elective Courses Only) for Summer Term||March 15–April 1|
|Good Friday||April 2|
|Easter Monday||April 5|
|Transition Ceremony||April 15|
|Last Day of Classes||April 16|
|Final Examinations||April 19–22|
|NAVLE||Not Yet Published|
|Final Grades Available to Students via myRoss||April 17|
|Break (No Classes)||April 23–May 9|
|New Student Arrival Weekend||April 30–May 2|
|Labour Day||May 1|
|New Student Orientation and Check-In||May 3–7|
|Continuing Student Check-In||May 9–10|
|Late Check-In with Fee||May 11|
|Classes Begin||May 10|
|White Coat Ceremony||May 10|
|Last Day to Drop Without A Grade||May 14|
|Placement Ceremony||May 28|
|Whit Monday||May 24|
|Mid-Semester Break (No Classes, University Closed)||June 28|
|Classes resume||June 29|
|Online Registration (Elective Courses Only) for Fall Term||July 12–30|
|Emancipation Day||Aug 2|
|Transition Ceremony||Aug 12|
|Last Day of Classes||Aug 13|
|Final Examinations||Aug 16–19|
|Final Grades Available to Students via myRoss||Aug 21|
|Break (No Classes)||Aug 20–Sept 5|
Begin in January, and you may finish 3 months sooner than students who begin in the fall.
Enroll in May and you may be practice-ready 9 months before other accredited schools in the U.S.
Start in September and you may finish 6 months sooner than other accredited schools in the U.S.