Under the Microscope
Exploring Research at Ross Vet
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine provides a learning environment that prepares our students to become leaders in the worldwide public and professional healthcare team supported by a research-informed educational experience. Our research is focused on advancing human and animal health through a transdisciplinary approach as part of Ross Vet's research center initiatives.
Our vision is to achieve regional and global recognition as an AVMA-accredited center of higher education through evidence-based science, innovation, and collaborative research in veterinary medicine and other health sciences, while embracing contemporary modes of learning through a One Health transdisciplinary approach.
Through our strategic review process, we sought to anticipate areas of opportunity while leveraging our current strengths to ensure the University is well-positioned to elevate and distinguish Ross Vet as unique among academic institutions in the Caribbean region with its functional capacity to conduct research that encompasses One Health.
Our strategy is based on fostering continued faculty and staff engagement in research activities, maintaining research outputs, enhancing the DVM student experience, cultivating partnerships, and strengthening community engagement. It identifies many assets and opportunities for Ross Vet to leverage to improve the way we manage our current research resources, support greater collaboration between research organizations, drive research priorities and innovation, and translate research evidence to advance environmental, human, and animal health.
Our goals will be measured through research and outputs in four core areas:
- Scholarly Productivity
- Student Engagement
- Tropical Focus
- One Health
Ross Vet is regionally recognized and respected for our strength in research and scholarly impact through our four individual Research Centers- coalescing to create an integrated One Health research program:
- One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine,
- Center for Integrative Mammalian Research,
- Center for Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Health, and
- Center for Veterinary and Medical Educational Research.
Our Research Centers teams collaborate with public and private organizations to drive initiatives. Ross Vet has active partnerships with local, regional, and international stakeholders including St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Health, Caribbean Animal Health Network (CaribVET), Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Ross Vet faculty members participate as principle investigators and researchers on grant-funded projects from government, private, and public entities. Our research team is comprised of faculty from across the globe, actively contributing to the One Health body of knowledge through research and scholarly publications in high quality, peer-reviewed journals.
Ross Vet also provides opportunities for our students to engage in research and benefit from being taught by research leaders in their field—enriching Ross Vet's reputation for developing career-ready graduates. Postgraduate students in our MSc by Research and Ph.D. by Research programs are supervised by faculty advisors aligned with one of our research centers.
Ross Vet Research Facility
Ross Vet has roughly 19,000 square feet of laboratory and student space for research, enhanced learning experiences, and study. Our facility includes equipment for surveillance and diagnostics, pathology, histopathology, and necropsy. Our research facility also has about 500 square feet dedicated to a rodent vivarium. The laboratory complex complies with standards for Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bio-Safety Level 2 containment laboratories and all other applicable safety standards.