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VET prep program

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An alternative pathway to pursue your dream of becoming a veterinarian.

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VETERINARY SCHOOL PREP PROGRAM

We want you to succeed, and to help you do that, we offer a one-semester Veterinary Preparatory (Vet Prep) program that teaches foundational knowledge, skills, and terminology to set you up for success (and even give you a head start) in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.

Vet Prep is a bridge program designed to better prepare students for the rigors of vet school and provide additional assistance in one or more academic areas needed to excel in our DVM program. This is your time to brush up on areas like anatomy, chemistry, and biochemistry. Practical labs on microscopy, parasitology, and bacteriology can better prepare you for your DVM degree while you acclimate to island life in St. Kitts.

The Vet Prep program is a valuable way to help make your dream of becoming a veterinarian come true. Students who are offered the program and pass are guaranteed a spot in the next first-semester class.

ROSS VET’S VET PREP PROGRAM CAN HELP:

STRENGTHEN YOUR
BASIC SCIENCES

through a positive learning environment

INTRODUCE YOU TO KEY VETERINARY CONCEPTS

that you’ll learn in later semesters of the DVM program – this gives you a head start on your peers in first semester and beyond

WORK WITH YOU TO DEVELOP SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES

in preparation for the rigors of the DVM program

EXPOSE YOU TO BASIC LIVE ANIMAL EXAMINATIONS (CLINICAL APPLICATIONS)

there’s no better way to learn than getting hands-on with canines, birds, and large animals!

ACCLIMATE YOU TO LIVING AND LEARNING IN ST. KITTS

allowing you to explore and experience new cultures and friends on our diverse campus

why ross vet?

FLEXIBILITY

ACCREDITED*

From our three start dates to your clinical site choice to our Dual-Degreem Program, earn your degree(s) your way.

COMMUNITY

ACCREDITED*

Approachable professors and student clubs provide opportunities to enhance and execute classroom teachings in the real world.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES

ACCREDITED*

Our location on St. Kitts offers exposure to exotic marine and wildlife for research and learning.

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CAN I EARN MY DVM WITHOUT COMPLETING A BACHELOR'S DEGREE?

CAN I EARN MY DVM WITHOUT COMPLETING A BACHELOR'S DEGREE?

Yes! It is possible to be accepted into our DVM program as long as you have completed the pre-requisite courses and meet all of the admission requirements.

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CAN I USE US FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS?

CAN I USE US FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS?

Yes. Qualified students are eligible for US federal direct loans.

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HOW LONG WILL I LIVE IN ST. KITTS?

HOW LONG WILL I LIVE IN ST. KITTS?

The first seven semesters for the DVM program take place in St. Kitts. The last three semesters are completed at an AVMA-accredited* school or college of veterinary medicine in the US, Canada or abroad. You will be asked to give us your top 4 clinical placement choices.

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IF I'VE FILLED OUT THE VMCAS APPLICATION DO I NEED TO FILL OUT ROSS VET'S AS WELL?

IF I'VE FILLED OUT THE VMCAS APPLICATION DO I NEED TO FILL OUT ROSS VET'S AS WELL?

No. If you have completed the common application with VMCAS you can send it to us via VMCAS.

A VET PREP CANDIDATE MIGHT LOOK LIKE THIS:

A typical Vet Prep candidate’s numerical profile highlights academic success and active community engagement.

  • 2.90 Average Cumulative GPA*

  • 294 Average Enrolled GRE*

  • 150 Hours of Veterinary Professional Experience

  • 100% Committed to Animal Health

*Statistically representative of the September 2021, January 2022, and May 2022 incoming Vet Prep classes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW DO I APPLY FOR VET PREP?
HOW DO I APPLY FOR VET PREP?
Prospective students cannot apply directly to the Vet Prep program. You must apply directly to the DVM Program. After reviewing your DVM application, the Admissions Committee provides you with one of three possible decisions: acceptance, denial, or the offer to enroll in the Vet Prep program.
HOW LONG IS THE VET PREP PROGRAM?
HOW LONG IS THE VET PREP PROGRAM?
The Vet Prep program is a one-semester (14 weeks) program.
WHAT COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN THE VET PREP PROGRAM?
WHAT COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN THE VET PREP PROGRAM?

Vet Prep is a one-semester program designed to provide aspiring veterinary students with a strong foundation in the basic sciences and math. Courses include introductions to medical mathematics and pharmacology, microbiology, animal structural biology, and cellular biology and homeostasis.

Case-based learning is a separate course, though its principles are used throughout the Vet Prep program. You may also benefit from a transitional course that introduces you to the academic veterinary medicine program and promotes mindfulness and study skills.

IS VET PREP OFFERED ONLINE?
IS VET PREP OFFERED ONLINE?
Vet Prep is offered in-person on our St. Kitts campus in the Caribbean.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I PASS VET PREP?
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I PASS VET PREP?
Students who successfully complete our Vet Prep program are guaranteed a spot in the next first-semester class of the DVM program.