St Kitts vet school gets US accreditation

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Thursday March 10, 2011 – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education has voted to grant full accreditation status to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine’s (RUSVM) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program for a period of seven years. 

As a result of the AVMA accreditation, graduates from RUSVM will now be able to sit for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in the U.S. or Canada without first completing a special foreign graduate examination. 

“We are proud to receive this recognition of our commitment to the quality standards set by the AVMA and will continue to support robust development of the Ross University veterinary program. Our guiding principle has been and continues to be academic excellence,” said David J. DeYoung, dean of RUSVM.

“Achieving AVMA accreditation further affirms our commitment to excellence in veterinary education. We are pleased with the decision of the accrediting board and look forward to working with other AVMA-accredited schools and our affiliate clinical partners in the U.S. to advance the future of veterinary education.” 

The Ross University Veterinary Teaching Hospital has also received accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association – the first teaching hospital to achieve this status outside the U.S. and Canada. 

“Receiving AVMA accreditation is a significant milestone for the School and reflects years of collaborative planning and development among our veterinary leadership team, the faculty and the staff of the University,” said Thomas C. Shepherd, president of Ross University. 

“We are proud to receive this recognition of our commitment to the quality standards set by the AVMA and will continue to support robust development of the Ross University veterinary program. Our guiding principle has been and continues to be academic excellence.” 

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