RUSVM Accreditation


St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board, Ministry of Education to confer the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine on its students who successfully complete the course of study. The status of full accreditation was renewed following submission of a self-study report and a site visit for a period of five years, effective July 1, 2012.

In April 2013 Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine received provisional accreditation for its Postgraduate Studies program from the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board. The Postgraduate Studies program offers Master of Science (MSc) and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in all research areas supported by RUSVM. Areas of emphasis are guided by RUSVM's themed Research Centers.

St. Kitts Accreditation Resources

AVMA COE Accreditation

In March 2011, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE).

RUSVM was notified in April 2014 that the AVMA COE had reviewed RUSVM’s interim report and its current status is: Accredited

The AVMA COE has implemented a new protocol based on a recent US Department of Education audit of the AVMA COE, for evaluating a school’s compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. This new protocol was used during the review of RUSVM’s 2013 interim report and RUSVM was noted as having a minor deficiency in Standard 10. A minor deficiency is described as having minimal or no effect on student learning or safety and is readily corrected in one year. RUSVM has made tremendous strides in achieving research compliance and has a solid strategy in place to correct the minor deficiency within one year.

The AVMA COE uses defined standards to evaluate veterinary medical education programs, including facilities, clinical resources, curriculum, faculty, student outcomes and research programs. The standards are interpreted and applied by the AVMA COE veterinary medical education programs in relation to its mission.

The next comprehensive evaluation will occur in 2018.

AVMA Accreditation Resources

Notice to all Veterinary Students

In compliance with the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education's Standard number 6…"Each accredited college must provide a mechanism for students, anonymously if they wish, to offer suggestions, comments, and complaints regarding compliance of the college with the Standards for accreditation. These materials shall be made available to the Council annually,” we invite you to make any such comments to Mr. Hazarie Ramoutar, interim assistant dean for student life, by email (, or anonymously by letter to his attention in the Office of the Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine. Also, a suggestion box for this purpose is located in the entrance to the Learning Resources Center. Your input is valued.

North American Veterinary Licensure Examination

The North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) is required for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in North America. Senior students and recent graduates must pass the NAVLE in order to gain licensure. The AVMA requires a minimum pass rate of 80% to maintain full accreditation. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine students have consistently exceeded this standard. Shown below are the NAVLE pass rate percentages of RUSVM graduates over the last five years:

RUSVM School Report Data from NBVME-NAVLE

Year Percent Passing
2012-2013 94%
2011-2012 91%
2010-2011 96%
2009-2010 94%
2008-2009 91%
2007-2008 90%