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Ross Vet's live, call-in radio show is on WinnFM 98.9.


Be sure to tune in the second Wednesday of the month to our breakfast show at 9:00 a.m. AST to hear conversation about the contributions of animals, pets and people in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Recent News

  • Safety First


    DVM ’93, joined the North Carolina State Veterinary Response Corps, that was her first introduction to the ties between public health and veterinary medicine. From there, as she took courses in disaster management and dove into epidemiology, zoonotic disease, and other public health issues, she began to see that the two were inextricably linked. That’s when she decided to earn her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.

  • Externship at the Charlotte Humane Society


    One student shares her clinical year experience

  • Alumna Helps Educate Community on Pet Care Through Radio Show


    Tune into KHTS AM-1220 on a Tuesday morning, and you just might hear RUSVM alumna Jaimie Ronchetto, DVM, sharing her veterinary expertise with her community.

  • This Student Didn’t Give Up. Now She’s On Her Way to Her DVM.


    When she was 12 years old, Edith Jovel traveled from her home in downtown Los Angeles to visit family in El Salvador. But in addition to reuniting with relatives, she saw something that would have a life-changing impact on her: neglected, malnourished dogs abandoned in the streets.

  • Andrea Dattellas Wins Small Business Excellence Award for Animal Hospital


    Owning an animal hospital is a round-the-clock job.

  • Student Spotlight: Felix Algarín Sepúlveda


    Felix Algarín Sepúlveda is convinced there are many just like him, and his goal is to help pave the way for all the rest. Algarín Sepúlveda is in his third semester of Ross Vet’s DVM program, and on the President’s List, at that. However, as excited as he is for his education and career prospects, Algarín Sepúlveda’s path was not the easiest.

  • Ross Vet Collaborates to Enhance Quality of Livestock in St. Kitts


    A collaboration between Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross Vet) and the St. Kitts & Nevis Ministry of Agriculture will improve goat production on the island. Through the crossbreeding of local indigenous doe breeds with three Boer bucks from Florida, the project will help improve goat production and enhance the quality of livestock on the island within the next five to ten years.

  • Veterinarians to the Rescue


    In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the recent wildfires in Northern California, citizens looked to police, firemen, hazmat teams, EMTs, doctors and nurses, expecting them to be there during crises and to come to their rescue.

  • Q&A with Dr. Priti Karnik


    I was a student in the late 1990’s, the island and campus were like another island entirely compared to what you see today. You were immersed in the island life and the comradery that we had with our classmates and faculty was an experience I will never forget. I learned so much from my time in St. Kitts and from my professors and I hope to bring a little of that with me now as a teacher.

  • International Women's Day


    RUSVM collaborates with St. Kitts government to support International Women’s Day breakfast 2018

  • RUSVM Participates in Career College Health Expo


    RUSVM) participated in the Career College Health Expo organized by the St. Kitts and Nevis Department of Labour. The fair was a component of its 2018 week of activities under the theme “Opening Doors, Creating Opportunities through Service & Empowerment.” The expo was held on Saturday February 23 in Independence Square and welcomed those interested in employment with Ross Vet, and prospective students.

  • Paying it Forward


    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine prides itself on being a place where aspiring veterinarians can achieve their dreams and live their passion. For some, that dream is opening a hometown clinic and connecting with pets and their families; for others, the dream takes them across the world to make a difference with exotic or forgotten animal populations. Ross students don’t let anything hold them back. So there’s no reason why the anchor of student debt should stand in the way of their potential.

  • Drs. Lischin and Humphreys


    Dr. Eliza Lischin graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She completed her clinical year at Washington State University where, by serendipity, she met her future husband, Moses Humphreys. Dr. Lischin began her veterinary career in New York City in a small animal private practice.

  • RUSVM Vet Tech Editor of New Book


    Senior Veterinary Anesthesia Technician H. Ed Durham Jr. CVT, RVT, LATG, VTS (Cardiology) at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is editor of a new textbook.

  • 7th Semester Spotlight: Will Gouinlock


    We sat down with 7th semester student, Robert 'Will' Gouinlock to learn more about his Rossie experience and advice for students new to RUSVM and St. Kitts

  • PhD Student Spotlight: Dr. Katalina Cruz


    As a human dentist, Katalina Cruz was always interested in more than just teeth. A 2004 dental school graduate, she began work as an assistant professor at Herzing University in Minneapolis, teaching dental assistants and hygienists. She found herself fascinated by how saliva is a mirror to the body’s condition, and how it can show signs of illness or disease. It was through her work in a community clinic where she became increasingly interested in biochemistry, oral pathology, and research.

  • White Coat Cermony


    The 2018 Ross Vet White Coat Ceremony was held on Monday, January 8, with more than 160 new students accepting their white coats and entry into the veterinary profession.

  • Technically Speaking


    It was 2012, and Michelle Durkee, DVM ’89 had reached a turning point. As the owner of Florida’s West Palm Animal Clinic, she was maxed out, overwhelmed with charting, and considering hiring another veterinarian to help with the load. She couldn’t possibly take on any more clients, so growth was at a total standstill. She had to make a decision...

  • One Health Week Highlights Ocean Health at RUSVM


    Research is ongoing at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, but one week a year, One Health research gets a special campus spotlight.

  • A Cruise through the Curragh


    On an “Irish birthright trip,” I decided to seek out a veterinary externship abroad in Ireland. The opportunity at Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital would introduce me to a new population of horses and the chance to explore my Irish heritage

  • Under The Sea


    It started humbly enough. Dr. Michelle Dennis, anatomic pathology, had been fielding consistent student requests for special lectures about coral diseases. Semester after semester, student groups would come to her for more information. While Dennis was interested in learning more about the coral diseases around St. Kitts, she didn’t exactly have the time to leave her office for daily dives. She needed eyes in the field to see what was there, and report back to her with what they found.

  • RUSVM and RUSM Host U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela


    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) collaborated with its sister institution, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), to host U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), on Friday, Nov.17, 2017.

  • West Indies Veterinary Conference 2017


    Over 200 veterinary professionals from all specialties gathered at the annual West Indies Veterinary Conference hosted by Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine from Nov. 5-10, 2017, in St. Kitts. The 11th annual conference provided an opportunity for attendees to earn up to 30 hours of continuing education credits and served as a platform for attendees to network with fellow veterinary professionals, participate in a series of career building courses and discuss new findings surrounding veterinary practice.

  • Q&A with RUSVM Student Ambassadors


    If you are a prospective student looking for information about what it’s like at RUSVM, you might get an opportunity to talk with a Ross Vet Student Ambassador (RVSA).

  • Galapagos Islands Adventure


    Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure, but you never seemed to have the time, until one day you are finally able to go and it makes you all warm and fuzzy inside? That is exactly how it felt when I went on my voyage to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

  • RUSVM Supports Hurricane Relief


    Two historic storms passed within miles of St. Kitts last month; Hurricane Irma to the north, and Hurricane Maria to the south, St. Kitts was spared the worst. With minimal damage to both Ross University campuses and the island, students, faculty and staff have come together to support one another, their sister institutions in Sint Maarten and Dominica and neighboring islands.

  • Day of Service


    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross) students, faculty and staff joined together for the first RUSVM Day of Service on Saturday September 23 with community projects at Deane Glasford Primary School, La Guerite Street and the St. Kitts southeast Peninsula.

  • A Wild Spring Break


    Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic and Wildlife Institute Internship

  • One Health Art Competition


    Our RUSVM students showed off their artistic abilities in the fall Semester Olympics Art Contest. The theme was “One Health."

  • Volunteer Experience in Central America


    I had the distinct pleasure of joining the Vida Volunteer organization in Costa Rica and Nicaragua to provide free veterinary care to underserved areas.

  • RUSVM Supports Youth Summer Camp


    RUSVM supported Police Summer Camp, sponsored by the Ministry of National Security of St. Kitts and Nevis, in collaboration with the Coalition of Support for St. Kitts-Nevis Security Initiatives (CSSKNSI).

  • The Wonders of My Vet School World


    The six of us touched down in Peru with a drive to “get to work,” still not knowing exactly how much we would get to do. Turns out, everything.

  • Puerto Rico Vet Camp students experience Ross


    What’s it like to be a DVM student at Ross? Eight undergraduate students from Puerto Rico learned just that at RUSVM Vet Camp.

  • Ross students represent Veterinary Profession


    This spring, three Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine students, Renee Jones, Robert "Bob" McCarthy, and Ann Marie Picone had the opportunity to attend the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Legislative Fly-In in Washington, D.C.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Rural Rossies


    Meet several Rossies working in rural or mixed animal practice.

  • Fox Fest: Remembering a Friend, Supporting the Future


    On July 17, Ross alumni and friends descended on the Wade Indoor Arena in Terrell, Texas for the third annual Fox Fest. Fox Fest is an event designed to raise money for the Dr. Lanse T. Fox Memorial Organization, named in honor of an Ross alumnus who grew up in the neighboring town of Kaufman, Texas.

  • Spotlight on: Clinical Placement Ceremony


    An excited and anxious group of 159 Ross students gathered at the clinical placement ceremony recently to find out where they had placed for either a stateside or international clinical year.

  • Diving in and Giving Back


    Wishmakers, one of RUSVM’s newest clubs strives to give back to St. Kitts by direct service and cultural immersion. Ann Marie Picone and Kawi Gonzalez-Rodriguez, both 6th semester students saw an opportunity to engage directly with the Kittitian community and provide a way to give back to those in need. Now, both co-chairs for the club, they’ve brought on board over 30 students.

  • World Vets Experience


    In December 2016, I was able to fly to Nicaragua to take part in veterinary outreach days as a volunteer through World Vets.

  • 7th Semester Spotlight: Jasmine Gibbs


    We spoke with 7th semester RUSVM student Jasmine Gibbs about her role models, favorite parts of St. Kitts and goals for the future.

  • Why These Students Care About One Health (and Think You Should, Too)


    In a classroom at the Ross Preparatory School on St. Kitts, children stood in an assembly line, each turning to pass Styrofoam containers and plastic bottles back to the student behind them. But the last student had nowhere to turn. Litter piled up in his arms until he could hold no more, and the items clattered to the ground.

  • How to Have Five Careers in One: Dana Dobbs’ Story


    If you’re having a hard time trying to commit to one subset of veterinary medicine, take heart. Ross grads like Dana Dobbs, DVM ’06 prove that it’s possible to follow your dream—and then another dream—and another.

  • Going Places: These Grads Found Success as Mobile Vets


    If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to sit still—or simply enjoys a change of scenery—you might want to consider going mobile. Becoming a mobile vet, that is.

  • RUSVM Research Identifies Superbugs’ Weaknesses


    Annually, at least 2 million Americans become infected with bacteria that have evolved over time to be resistant to antibiotics, resulting in serious illness and in some cases death. New research from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine shows that these so-called “superbugs” might not be invincible after all.

  • Getting Patients Back on Their Paws


    If you visited Carla Rodrigues, DVM, CCRP at work, you might see her helping a dog tackle an aquatic treadmill, or guiding a puppy through an obstacle course. It’s all part of the veterinary specialty she loves—rehabilitation practice.

  • Alumni Come Together at NAVC


    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine held its alumni reception in Orlando during the recent North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC).

  • One Health Residential Week


    RUSVM welcomed students from the MSc One Health degree program to the inaugural One Health Residential Week on campus Sept. 19-23. The week was an opportunity for students who study remotely to meet their cohort for face-to-face dialogue in St. Kitts, and participate in a variety of professional development activities.

  • Forensic Veterinarian Fights Animal Cruelty


    As a forensic veterinarian, Solveig Evans, DVM sees far more than her share of pain and heartache. But with that comes the immeasurable reward of getting safety—and justice—for the animals that she works so hard to protect.

  • Agriculture Outreach: How Students Are Helping Local Farmers


    At Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), on-campus organizations allow students to pursue their passions outside the classroom and further develop their skills, often while giving back to their community. A prime example is the RUSVM chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP).

  • RUSVM Receives NIH Grant to Study Transmission of Mosquito-Borne Diseases


    The research will investigate whether African Green Monkeys are infected with arboviruses in the five ecosystems present on the island of St. Kitts, identify the mosquitoes that may be involved in the transmission of the viruses among the monkeys, and probe how the virus is spread amongst people on the island.

  • Alum Lives Her Passion for Helping Those in Need


    For Adrianna Smith, DVM ’12, shelter medicine is at the heart of why she chose to be a vet in the first place.

  • RUSVM Student Charts Her Own Course


    When Sydney Davis first sailed in the Caribbean as a yacht captain, little did she know she would one day study near those very same waters earning her DVM and master’s degree in St. Kitts at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

  • This Alum Takes her Practice On—and Off—the Road


    A mobile veterinarian gets a place of her own.

  • 5 Minutes with RUSVM Financial Aid


    RUSVM Communications sat down with Ms. Lesley Broadbelt and Ms. Avonelle Fahie-Pemberton to find out a little more about what really happens in Financial Aid.

  • An Inside Look at 4 Unique Student Externships


    Recommending ways to improve herd health at local dairy farms. Performing 19 neuters and four spays in two weeks. Helping local catfish producers by analyzing water quality and catfish disease samples.

  • Bovine Externship at Kurtz Veterinary Clinic


    Amanda Foard, RUSVM 6th Semester Student, Shares Her Experience in a Bovine Externship

  • 5 Things to Know: Neena Golden, the RUSVM Student Who Helped Save a Dog’s Life


    You may have heard about Neena Golden in the news recently—she’s the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) student who helped save a dog’s life minutes before he was to be euthanized.

  • Medical Director, Practice Owner Keeps the Good Vibes Flowing in Austin Clinic


    For RUSVM graduate Dustin Zimmer, DVM, the best part of owning a veterinary practice is the job itself.

  • New Opportunities for RUSVM Students at Royal Veterinary College of London


    Students can now spend their clinical year at the RVC, ranked as one of the top three veterinary schools in the world.

  • Alum Honored with Good Neighbor Award


    At Somerset Veterinary Group in Bridgewater, N.J., it’s not uncommon for staff to welcome groups of children onto the premises, in addition to clients and pets. That’s because Jennifer Cece Feeney, DVM (’94) routinely gives tours of the facility to local Boy and Girl Scout troops, 4-H groups and homeschooled children.

  • Students Promote Wellness at RUSVM


    Veterinary students dedicate much of their time, energy and efforts to learning how to make animals well. This month, it was the animals who helped contribute to student wellness through a Stress Free Puppy Zone event...

  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Launches iPad®-enabled Learning Program


    Customized learning apps offer a “campus in a backpack” to support vet students.

  • Alumni revisit RUSVM at annual West Indies Veterinary Conference


    Not only was Dr. Mickey Axelband in the first graduating class at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross), because his last name begins in “A” he was the first graduate ever to receive a diploma from the school in 1985.

  • Top 10 Stories from 2016


    As 2016 comes to a close, we're looking back at some of our most interesting and exciting stories. From innovative projects to student and alumni success stories, help us say goodbye to 2016 with some of our favorite posts from this year!

  • Externship Experience at Animal Medical Center


    During my last semester break, I completed an externship at The Animal Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • RUSVM Blue Semester donates to Newton Ground Primary School


    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine 7th semester class delivered donated school supplies to Newton Ground Primary, providing the school with items ranging from notebooks to storybooks to begin the New Year.

  • Taking the Fast Track


    Hear from six RUSVM grads who took advantage of our three start dates and accelerated curriculum.

  • One Health Day, Every Day at RUSVM


    One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines to achieve optimal health for people, animals and the environment. The approach recognizes that the health of all three are interconnected, with efforts focused locally, nationally, and globally. The term One Health is fairly new, but the concept has been recognized by scientists since the 1800s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Alumni Q&A: Veterinary Internist Talks Diabetes in Pets


    For National Diabetes Awareness Month, we spoke with alum Mike Della Ripa, DVM (’06), a veterinary internist who treats diabetes, among many other internal medicine conditions in pets.

  • RUSVM Donates Scientific Laboratory Tables to St. Kitts Schools


    Just in time for the new school year, five St. Kitts schools received a donation of scientific laboratory tables donated by Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine for use in their science classrooms.

  • RUSVM Signs Articulation Agreement with University of Cape Town


    This marks the second articulation agreement that RUSVM has entered with a South Africa university, the first being Stellenbosch University.

  • Alum Blends Western and Eastern Medicine to Heal Animals


    After Dr. Frank Akawi examines a sick pet, he might prescribe a medication, schedule a session of acupuncture, or both. He might even recommend an entirely different course of treatment.

  • "Trust Yourself and Your Education": Alum Reflects on Path to DVM


    Many veterinarians have been set on their career choice since they were young children. But for others, it’s an interest that grows organically over time. Dr. Cory Greenfield, a veterinarian in Del Mar, California, fell into the latter camp.

  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Appoints Dr. Sean Callanan as Dean


    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) has appointed Dr. Sean Callanan as dean. He has over 25 years of experience in research and veterinary education.

  • 5 Questions with Veterinarian and Blogger, Lauren Smith


    In-between caring for animals, Ross graduate Lauren Smith, DVM is a prolific blogger. Her work has been published on leading medical and veterinary blogs, such as KevinMD.

  • One Fish, Two Fish, Catfish!


    Did you know that catfish do not have scales? Or, that aquaculture is the fastest growing food production industry in the United States? I learned this and much more during my externship with the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center.

  • Alumna's Career Transition Leads to $60,000 in Scholarships for RUSVM Students


    RUSVM is the first institution to benefit from the Blue Buffalo Foundation's new initiative to provide financial support to aspiring veterinarians. Read about 2007 graduate Victoria Carmella, DVM, who left private practice to join Blue Buffalo.

  • Lions, Tigers, and Leopards, Oh My: Alum Works as Big Cat Veterinarian


    When 2012 RUSVM graduate Justin Boorstein isn't busy at his day job at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Fla., he's performing surgeries and caring for lions, tigers, and other big cats.

  • 5 Minutes with RUSVM Clinical Affairs


    RUSVM Communications sat down with Ms. Trish Scaife, Clinical Affairs Coordinator to find out a little more about what “really” happens in Clinical Affairs.

  • New Program: $60K in Scholarships Available for RUSVM Students


    The DeVry Education Group Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Blue Buffalo Foundation, also a 501(c)(3) organization, today announced a new scholarship program totaling $60,000 for students at RUSVM.

  • RUSVM Alumni Now Married and Practicing Together


    Michael Hill, DVM (’09) and Leilani Cota, DVM (’12) co-own the Hill Animal Hospital in Hickory, North Carolina. But that’s not the only connection they share: they met in undergrad, attended RUSVM, and were married in 2007.

  • RELAY FOR LIFE: RUSVM Supports the Fight Against Cancer


    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) was proud to be a sponsor for the Rutgers University Relay For Life event, held recently in Piscataway, New Jersey.

  • RUSVM Student Explores the Social Dimension of Conservation Medicine


    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) student Tara Agostini spent the past semester in St. Kitts doing something unusual for a veterinarian—going out into the community and interviewing people.

  • New RUSVM class celebrates the start of their DVM training


    A new class of students celebrated the start of their DVM career at RUSVM’s White Coat Ceremony this month, with 163 new students donning the white coat for the first time.

  • AVMA President to RUSVM Class of 2016: "You’re Our Future"


    "The AVMA will be there for you, every step of the way," AVMA president tells the RUSVM Class of 2016.

  • Former Student Body President Works to Make a Difference


    As former president of the Student Chapter of American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA), Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) student Afifah Abdul Rahim worked as a bridge between the students and staff with the intent to offer new initiatives, improve existing policies and enhance the on-campus experience of students at RUSVM.

  • RUSVM Alumna Realizes Her Passion for Exotics


    After graduating from RUSVM, Krista Keller, DVM, Dipl ACZM (’10), takes her passion for nontraditional companion animals to the next level.

  • RUSVM Signs First Articulation Agreement in South Africa with Stellenbosch University


    This is the first articulation RUSVM has signed with Stellenbosch University in South Africa to increase opportunities for qualified students to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

  • This Student Charted Her Own Path to Becoming a Veterinarian


    On paper, the decision was loud, clear, and written in bold: Student not competitive for admission to veterinary college. Will discuss options for other career choices.

  • RUSVM Students Receive the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship


    A total of five (5) RUSVM students were honored last month with the 2016 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship.

  • RUSVM Student to Present Sea Turtle Research in Peru


    While sunset signals some beachgoers in St. Kitts to head for home, the night is just beginning for Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) student Ms. Kristine Hill. As a member of the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN), she works late into the night to help preserve some of the most endangered turtles on the planet.

Important Dates

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May 07 Summer Semester Starts
May 07 Summer White Coat Ceremony
June 25 Mid-Semester Break