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Vet Prep Program

Ross Vet offers a one-semester Veterinary Preparatory (VetPrep) program for students who may benefit from specific courses that will enhance the likelihood of their success in veterinary school.

Courses in the VetPrep program include science, mathematics, and scientific writing. Case-based learning is a separate course, though its principles are used throughout the VetPrep program. Additionally, students can benefit from a transitional course that introduces them to their academic veterinary medicine program and promotes mindfulness and study skills. Students who successfully complete the VetPrep program will be placed into first semester classes. The Admissions Committee decides who is accepted into this program.

Course No.

Course Title


VPRP 902

Clinical Applications


VPRP 905

Medical Mathematics and Introduction to Pharmacology


VPRP 906

Introduction to Microbiology


VPRP 907

Cellular Biology & Homeostasis


VPRP 908

Transition to Veterinary Student Life


VPRP 909

Animal Structural Biology


VPRP 910

Case Based Learning





vet prep course descriptions

  • VPRP 902
    Clinical Applications (1 credit)

    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.

  • VPRP 905
    Medical Mathematics and Introduction to Pharmacology (3 credits)

    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.

  • VPRP 906
    Introduction to Microbiology (3 credits)

    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.

  • VPRP 907
    Cellular Biology & Homeostasis (3 credits)

    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.


  • VPRP 908
    Transition to Veterinary Student Life (1 credit)

    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 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.

  • VPRP 909
    Animal Structural Biology (3 credits)

    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.

  • VPRP 910
    Case Based Learning (2 credits)

    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!

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