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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Office of Admissions
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
630 US Highway 1
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Toll-free telephone: 1-855-ROSSVET
Fax: 732-509-4803

Located in St. Kitts, West Indies, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers an American Veterinary  Medical Association (AVMA)- accredited veterinary program focused on educating tomorrow’s leaders and discoverers in veterinary medicine. RUSVM is dedicated to providing academic excellence for students as the foundation for becoming sought-after, practice-ready veterinarians for North America and beyond, and has over 2,900 graduates who are successfully practicing veterinary medicine across the US and Canada.
The seven-semester pre-clinical curriculum is enhanced by hands-on clinical experience to help prepare students for the final year of clinical training at one of RUSVM’s affiliated veterinary schools in the United States. RUSVM’s faculty have outstanding credentials in teaching and research and share a passion for educating the veterinarians of tomorrow. Ross University operates on a three-semester per year calendar.
Each semester is 15 full academic weeks, including final exams. RUSVM is affiliated with 23 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited schools of veterinary medicine where students complete their clinical training. RUSVM graduates are eligible to practice veterinary medicine in all 50 States, Canada and Puerto Rico upon completion of the requisite licensing requirements. All RUSVM students who are U.S. citizens/permanent residents and meet the Department of Education criteria are eligible for Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Graduate PLUS Loans.
Application Information

Students can apply through VMCAS or directly through Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. 

Evaluation Criteria:

• Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA)
• GPA in required pre-veterinary course work
• Advanced science courses (Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, etc.)
• Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
• Personal essay
• Letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references (at least one letter should be from a veterinarian)
• Extracurricular activities and accomplishments
• Personal qualities
• Personal interview

• Record of Veterinary Profession experience (working with animals or veterinary research) - at least 150 hours

Prerequisites for Admission

General Biology / 8 A two-semester sequence with laboratories is required. One course in botany may be used to satisfy the requirements for general biology. However, higher-level science courses may be considered by the admissions committee to fulfill this requirement.

Chemistry / 8   Semester Credit Hours: Two courses of Chemistry, general or introductory, (eight semester hours) with laboratory.

Biochemistry / 3   Semester Credit Hours: A one-semester introductory course in biochemistry without a lab will meet the minimum requirement. Topics should include metabolism and chemistry of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. Courses in biochemistry providing broader coverage would be helpful to an applicant.

Cell Biology or Genetics / 3 Semester Credit Hours:   One course of either of Cell Biology or Genetics (laboratory is recommended but not required).

Physics / 3 One Semester of Physics, introductory or general, (three semester hours)

English / 3   One Semester (Three credit hours) English Composition

-Public speaking or communication courses do not satisfy the English requirement.

*Canadian students may satisfy the English requirement using year 13 English or Composition.

Math / 3 One semester of college-level mathematics (three semester hours) to be chosen among pre-calculus, calculus, and statistics.

Electives/Humanities/Social Sciences / 9 Semester Credit Hours: One of the courses to meet this requirement must include one of the following suggested courses:

Suggested Elective Courses

Comparative Anatomy

Medical Terminology





Public Speaking

Introduction to business


To be considered for review by the admission committee the applicant must complete at least 90 credits of college work.


Course completion deadline: Required courses must be completed prior to enrollment.


AP credit policy: Must appear on official college transcripts.


Standardized Examinations: Results of the Graduate Record Examination

(GRE) are required.


English Language Proficiency: Applicants presenting fewer than 60 upper division credits from an English language college or university must provide the official record of the scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test.

Summary of Admission Procedure

Timetable (for VMCAS application) 
Application deadline: October 2, 2013
Date interviews are held: Year-round
Date acceptances mailed: As soon as possible after the interview
School begins: Three start dates per year: September, January and May

Application deadline: None; rolling admissions
Date interviews are held: Year-round
Date acceptances mailed: As soon as possible after the interview
School begins: Three start dates per year: September, January and May
Deposit (to hold place in class): $1,000.00
Deferments: Considered
Tuition for the 2012-2013 Academic Year (subject to change)

Nonresident $16,800/per semester
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Dual-Degree Program
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine has dual degree agreements with several undergraduate institutions. Under this program, any undergraduate junior who meets the set standards will be accepted the following year at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and the undergraduate institution agrees to grant its baccalaureate degree to students who successfully complete the first two academic semesters at Ross University. The undergraduate institution will have the sole discretion to determine the field of study in which the baccalaureate degree is awarded.

Page Updated: May 23, 2013
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