RUSVM Celebrates Graduates During 2022 Commencement

Jun 20, 2022
2022 commencement ceremony

CHICAGO – June 16, 2022 – Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) recently held its commencement ceremony with over 400 students graduating and hailing from four countries and 42 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. These new veterinarians will help fill a critical need for large- and small-animal veterinarian practices, helping to address current and future veterinary workforce needs as a significant number of veterinarians are expected to retire over the next 10 years. This brings the total number of RUSVM alumni to nearly 7,000.

RUSVM is a leader in diversifying the field of veterinary medicine in accordance with the mission of American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA®) and American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Annually, RUSVM recruits a significantly higher total number of DVM students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups than that of other AVMA-accredited schools. In fact, 26% of students enrolled full-time at RUSVM for the 2020-2021 academic year identified as an underrepresented racial and ethnic group, including Hispanic (14%), Asian (5%), Black or African American (3%), or two or more races (4%).

“We are proud of the diversity of our newly minted RUSVM graduates,” said Dean of RUSVM Sean Callanan, MVB, CERTVR, MRCVS, PhD, FRCPATH, DIPLECVP. “With an RUSVM degree, graduates can make a positive impact on the communities where they live and work using the knowledge gained through focusing on One Health, the connection between human, environmental and animal health.”

RUSVM Class of 2022 graduates were honored with president of the AVMA, Jose V. Arce, DVM, serving as the keynote speaker.

“The AVMA is proud to empower veterinarians to thrive in the profession we all love,” said Arce. “We are pleased to welcome Ross Vet’s newest class of DVMs to the field, to serve in areas where they are critically needed. With ongoing crises around the world, a caring and compassionate veterinarian is more important than ever to many pet owners who receive comfort from their animals.”

Many RUSVM graduates serve in large-animal practice, emergency medicine, and specialty animal care and progress into many other specialties and research. These high-demand fields demonstrate RUSVM’s commitment to filling critical workforce needs, a mission that is supported by RUSVM’s parent company, Adtalem Global Education.


Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Founded in 1982, RUSVM is committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of the worldwide public and professional healthcare team and to advance human, animal, and ecosystem health (One Health Initiative). RUSVM offers postgraduate Masters’, Ph.D. and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine confers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE), 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, Tel: 800.248.2862. Ross Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information visit and follow RUSVM on Twitter (@RossVetSchool)Instagram (@rossvetschool) and Facebook (@RossVetSchool).


Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) is a leading healthcare educator and provider of professional talent to the healthcare industry. With a dedicated focus on driving strong outcomes that increase workforce preparedness, Adtalem empowers a diverse learner population to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to their communities. Adtalem is the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University. Adtalem and its institutions have more than 10,000 employees and a network of more than 275,000 alumni. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek, and one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes in 2021 and 2022. Follow Adtalem on Twitter @adtalemglobal, LinkedIn or visit for more information. 

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