P.O. Box 334 Basseterre
St. Kitts West Indies
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. HOW MANY YEARS IS VET SCHOOL? HOW LONG IS VET SCHOOL?
A. While most vet schools are 4 years, we offer an accelerated, AVMA1-accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program that allows you to graduate in as little as 3.25 years.
Q. HOW MUCH IS VET SCHOOL?
A. View our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program (DVM) tuition and fees.
Q. How do I get into vet school
A. To get into vet school, you must meet these DVM program admissions requirements.
Q. How can I determine which of my courses qualify as prerequisite courses?
A. Our Admissions Team will work with and advise you on the process. If you have questions, email Admissions.
Q. Will my course credits transfer?
Q. What are the minimum GPA and GRE scores required for admission to the DVM program?
A. There is no minimum. An average accepted student has a 3.21 average enrolled GPA, 302 average enrolled GRE, and extracurricular activities and accomplishments.2
Q. What does Ross Vet look for in their applicants and how can I be a better applicant for the DVM program?
A. We take a holistic approach to admissions. While we do consider your GPA, GRE, and academic performance when making an admissions decision, we look at much more: your knowledge of the veterinary profession, personal character, interpersonal skills, motivation, exposure to animal medicine, and other qualities.
Q. When should I apply and what is the deadline for each semester?
A. Since we operate on rolling admissions, there are no formal application deadlines. We review applications for each class until it is full. If the semester you have applied to becomes full, we will review your application for the next available class. Our flexible program has three start dates; January, May, and September.
Q. Is it better to apply through Ross Vet or VMCAS?
A. Either option is fine. You only need to apply once. VMCAS applications can be submitted while the VMCAS application cycle is open. Ross Vet applications are accepted year-round since our flexible program has three start dates; January, May, and September.
Q. When will I know if I’m accepted?
A. Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed to determine if you will move on to an interview. If so, you will be notified and your interview will be scheduled. After your interview our Admissions Committee will decide within in about 2-4 weeks.
Q. What is the White Coat ceremony?
A. The White Coat ceremony is when you receive your white coat and are officially accepted into the veterinary profession. It’s held at the beginning of each semester for all incoming DVM students.
Q. What is the clinical timeline and selection process?
A. Learn all about the clinical year.
Q. Who are your clinical partners?
Q. Are there research opportunities on campus?
A. Yes! You’ll be able to volunteer for various research opportunities starting your first semester.
Q. How does the cost of living vary from where I live?
A. It depends on where you live in the U.S. or internationally, but the exchange rate to compare is US dollar to East Caribbean dollar.
Q. What are the dorm/campus life expenses like?
A. On-campus housing costs can be found with our DVM tuition and fees.
Q. What should I expect for housing on St. Kitts?
A. Learn all about our on- and off-campus housing options.
Q. Can I bring a boyfriend/girlfriend 1st semester and live off campus?
A. Yes. You’ll work with our Housing Department to arrange housing, and we have programs in place for students’ significant others to help them acclimate, as well.
Q. Can I bring pets to the island? Are there any restrictions?
A. Yes! Bringing a pet during your first term may be possible based on availability in our pet friendly residence hall, and based on specific pet and import requirements. You can learn more about moving to St. Kitts with your pets or contact our Housing Department to help line up housing for you and your pet.
Q. What if my animal is not a pet and is used for a specific purpose such as a service animal?
Q. What do I do if I need accommodations regarding a disability?
Q. Is the campus and island safe?
A. Your safety is of utmost importance to us. Thus, we have full security teams on campus, while off campus, we have Ross Vet-approved housing that meets strict security standards, along with security members that make regular rounds of the various off-campus housing areas.
Q. What clubs does Ross Vet have?
A. Many! Along with the more than 25 SAVMA-recognized clubs, we have dozens more interest-specific clubs. See our student clubs and organizations.
1Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine confers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173 | Phone: 800-248-2862. For more information please visit AVMA COE website.
2Statistically representative of the January, May, and September 2019 incoming classes.