Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Applying to Veterinary School : Ross University

What is Ross University?

If you are currently a pre-veterinary student, you probably have heard of and received emails from Ross University. They often advertise to pre-veterinary students about their website or seminars. However, is Ross University a good choice for you?

First off, Ross University is a completely legitimate way for students to earn their DVM. I have met several of their students, and they were all well-educated and had no negative reviews of Ross University.

So, what is exactly is Ross University?
Ross University is a veterinary/medical school located in the Caribbean. The veterinary school was founded in 1982 and is proud to be affiliated with 21 (out of a total of 28) American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited schools of veterinary medicine. In my experience, some students will begin their veterinary school education at Ross University, and then transfer to one of their affiliated AVMA veterinary schools that are located in the continental USA. In fact, every Ross student must transfer to one of these affiliated vet schools in their final year in order to do their clinical rotations.

So, why should you go to Ross University?
I do not have any hard facts to back up this statement, but I believe it is "easier "to be admitted into Ross University as opposed to the other veterinary schools in the US. This is not because Ross is an easier school that offers a lower degree of education, but in my opinion, it is because the competition is lower. Most pre-veterinary students prefer to apply to the veterinary schools found in the continental US because they're closer to home, and they probably have never heard of Ross University growing up. I know many people grow up dreaming of going to certain vet school, and Ross is typically not one of them. However, the bottom line is that Ross offers a quality veterinary education in a beautiful environment.

So, why not apply to Ross University?
Well, the distance from their homes is a big reason why many students may be uncomfortable attending Ross University. Also, this is just what I have heard from some students, but the case load and clinical experience that you are exposed to is less than what you would see at a veterinary school in the US. Ross University is located on an island, so the amount of cases available is limited. Also, you will eventually have to go elsewhere to finish your education, which is a hassle and does not allow students to bond as classmates like other veterinary students. Furthermore, many students are under the impression that Ross offers a lower standard of education than other veterinary schools. This last fact is extremely over-hyped. Ross University offers an excellent education. I know students get caught up in the vet school "rankings," but you have to remember that a DVM is a DVM no matter where you earn it. I will have a post on how to choose the vet school you apply to soon.

To conclude, although there are some disadvantages to Ross Univeristy, it is a very good option for veterinary school. They offer a quality and sound veterinary education to their students. I have talked with and had classes with several Ross students and they are all very knowledabe. So, don't just ignore those emails. Read them and look into Ross University as an option when applying to veterinary school. If you want more information on Ross Veterinary School, please visit their links on this page.


Anonymous said...

Actually, I just talked with a graduate from Ross who is now a large animal veterinarian in New York. When she transfered for her last year, she felt that she was more prepared with field experince than most of the other students. At Ross the students are not limited by US laws so they are able to perform surgeries for practice and do many procedures that US vet schools save for the last year. The only area that she felt behind in was radiology, but they have since gotten a new radiology instructor.

Anonymous said...

the veterinarian with whom i do my surgical observation attended ross university and she is just as knowledgable as the other veterinarians with whom i have worked. i am in the process of applying there now.

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Anonymous said...

I am a 1989 Ross veterinary graduate. It was the best decision I ever made. It is a quality school. If you think that it will be easier than a US school, don't apply. Very demanding curriculum but well worth it.

ticksandfleas said...

Well, in my opinion students who attend RUSVM have a clinical disadvantage. While students in the US have almost four months of summer vacation in which they can practice and have hands on experience, Ross students have only two weeks from semester to semester to go back and see relatives or stay in the island and get drunk. While in clinical year the students who attend US schools have more experience and are already in their own environment, Ross students are treated as visitors or islanders as they sometimes call me and my peers. If I have to do it again, I would not place myself at Ross. Also, the people who Ross have to deal with students problems in the US clinical placement, are very inaccurate and vague when you approach them. They do it like that because they dont want to risk a clinical placement were they desperately throw students semester by semester to fill the seats. In another note, they pay 1/3 of the semester tuition to the clinical placement and keep the other 2/3 for NOTHING. They ROBBED me thousands of dollars for that. Every time a technician ask me if I can recommend Ross to them I have to politely decline and say you will be better not going there. Is a horrible island and corporation. Shame on you RUSVM, the money vampires.

Michelle B said...

A vet who went to this school BEFORE its accreditation is now employed at a Banfield inside the Deptford,NJ Petsmart. She is responsible for killing my 6 year old Pomeranian, Missy. She did not know what the hell she was doing! I am completely devastated! You should NOT go to this school. Go to a US school, which takes longer, but gives you more training.

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