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Ross University Vet Prep Program
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Veterinary School Prep Program
We want you to succeed, and to help you do that, we offer a one-semester Veterinary Preparatory (Vet Prep) program that teaches foundational knowledge, skills, and terminology to set you up for success (and even give you a head start) in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.
Vet Prep is a bridge program designed to better prepare students for the rigors of vet school and provide additional assistance in one or more academic areas needed to excel in our DVM program. You may be wondering the specifics of how to prepare for veterinary school. This is your time to brush up on areas like anatomy, chemistry, and biochemistry. Practical labs on microscopy, parasitology, and bacteriology can better prepare you for your DVM degree while you acclimate to island life in St. Kitts.
The Ross Vet Prep program is a valuable way to help make your dream of becoming a veterinarian come true. Students who are offered the program and pass are guaranteed a spot in the next first-semester class.
What Will I Learn
The Vet Prep program has four key objectives, all of which are designed to improve your chances of earning your DVM:
- Strengthen your basic sciences through a positive learning environment
- Introduce you to key concepts through examples of specific veterinary cases
- Expose you to basic live animal examinations (clinical applications), as there’s no better way to learn than getting hands-on with canines, birds, and large animals
- Work with you to develop skills and techniques in preparation for the rigors of the DVM program
Hear what former Vet Prep students have to say.
Vet Prep Courses
Total Credits: 16
Provides the student with a clinical setting to integrate material that is taught in other vet prep courses. Within this clinical setting, the concepts of anatomy and physical examination will be demonstrated and then practiced by the student. This course integrates with the Case-based learning course. Clinical skills will be focused on small animals, however, other species will be introduced to emphasize comparative anatomy of common domestic species. The students will begin learning the process of acquiring information from a physical exam and applying it in order to formulate a clinical profile for an animal. Animal handling, restraint, and physical exam techniques will be demonstrated and practiced. Students are also introduced to the concepts of veterinary medical record-keeping, problem-based medical record, and the SOAP format.
Reviews basic mathematics and teaches abbreviations common to medication administration, and methods of solving problems related to drug dosage and intravenous infusions, toxicology calculations, ionization of drug calculations, pharmacokinetic calculations and basic statistics, as well as learning the general principles of pharmacology.
The main goal of this course is to provide vet prep students an overview of basic concepts in microbiology and infectious diseases. The students will gain fundamental knowledge in bacteriology, virology, parasitology and immunology. In addition, the students will be given a brief overview of special topics in microbiology such as pathogens involved in emerging diseases, food safety microbiology, zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, high consequence and economically important animal and human diseases.
A survey course focusing on properties of enzymes, carbohydrate, lipid and amino acid metabolism; water and water balance, membrane physiology and intercellular communication (transporters and receptors), acid-base fundamentals, endocrine system and an introduction to micro-anatomical identification of cells.
Designed to help students adjust to island life and professional school while promoting mindfulness practice, and overall wellness, including developing study and organizational skills necessary to attain success at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The course also serves as an introduction to veterinary medicine and required core competencies, as well as gives the opportunity for students to learn more about the various disciplines within the profession from a variety of experts. The course is Pass/Fail based on class participation and attendance.
Introduces students both to veterinary, medical and lay terminology that encompasses basic gross anatomy and physiology, and to describe the integration of structural and functional relationships of major body systems in a manner to comprehend clinically relevant cases that may be encountered in veterinary medicine. The depth and scope of the course is to inspire and prepare students for entry into the RUSVM veterinary program.
This course will use clinical cases and One Health scenarios to emphasize basic and important biomedical/biological content that is either being covered in other vet prep courses (horizontal integration) or that will be covered in courses within the curriculum including anatomy, physiology, microbiology, immunology, etc. This course is facilitated by several faculty from diverse disciplines giving you a comprehensive overview of veterinary medicine. In this course, you can expect group or individual assignments and in-class quizzes. Active participation and attendance are mandatory. The more effort you put into this class, the more you will benefit!
Vet Prep Provides an Opportunity to Pursue Your Dreams
- Pass Vet Prep and you are guaranteed a spot in our DVM program the next semester
- Develop successful strategies for managing course loads, test taking, and proper study habit - there’s even a course on how to acclimate to veterinary-student life
- Gain early exposure to the knowledge and skills you’ll learn in later semesters of your DVM – this gives you a head start on your peers in the first semester of your DVM and beyond
- Gain hands-on experience right away by working with our kennel dogs and through various skills in wet labs
- Go on to do great things: Vet Prep students have gone on to do great things on campus and beyond, including serving as president of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) president
Get the Most Out of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Vet Prep Program
- Explore the beautiful island of St. Kitts and experience new cultures and new friends on our diverse campus
- Establish relationships with professors (think letters of recommendations)
- Get familiar with block exams and professor teaching styles
- Gain and build confidence in your knowledge, skills, and educational abilities
- Join student clubs and find research opportunities for added experience
- Enjoy a 3-week break before the first semester start — have some fun and get scuba certified
- Don’t forget how to prepare for veterinary school — what you learned in Vet Prep can prepare you for your 3.25 year DVM journey!
Vet Prep does more than prepare you for vet school and the DVM program. It can also jump start your involvement in research and student organizations. Our current SAVMA president, Junior Saint Preux, and his predecessor, Thalita Evangelista Leite, are both proud Vet Prep alums! Read Shaye Antal’s experience in the Ross Vet Prep program and how it not only built her confidence, but also allowed her to become involved in research opportunities even before starting her DVM.
Prepare for Student Life
Required Materials and Supplies:
- Stethoscope (a master cardiology stethoscope isn’t required)
- White lab coat
- Waterproof rubber no-slip work boots
- Scrubs (not green)
- Postman Blue Twill Coverall
- Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry, 6th ed.; Champe, P. C.& R. A. Harvey; ISBN# 9781451175622.
- Physiology, 6th ed.; Costanzo, L.S.; WB Saunders, Philadelphia, PA; ISBN# 9780323478816
Recommendations by former students (optional):
- Short-sleeved Coverall
- Rain poncho
Bring your favorite study materials with you to St. Kitts and don’t forget to pack your:
- Laptop and charger
(iPads are provided in the DVM first semester)
- Phone and charger
- Back up chargers
For a full list of what to bring and what not to bring read Preparing to Move to St. Kitts.
Develop successful strategies for managing course loads, test-taking, and proper study habits. Reach out to our Student Success Center (SSC) for academic support programs and services to set you up for success.
- Schedule an individual study-strategy appointment
- Access Interactive learning workshops
- Get academic coaching
- Utilize teaching assistants
- Get a tutor
Block exams are every 3 weeks using ExamSoft®. These exams can be taken in any order: anatomy, cellular biology, microbiology, and pharmacology.
Talk to a Student
Still have questions about the Vet Prep program? We’d be happy to connect you to a student who has gone through it so you can hear firsthand the program’s benefits and how it can help you succeed.
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*Average of students who passed Vet Prep in the September 2018, January 2019, May 2019 semesters