Carribean Veterinary School

About St. Kitts

The first seven semesters of pre-clinical training are completed on the campus in St. Kitts.

St. Kitts is located in the Leeward Islands group at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, approximately 220 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Together with her sister island, Nevis, they constitute the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, which is an English-speaking member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, and continues to recognize the British monarch as the head of state. The country's internal government is led by a prime minister. The name of the capital, Basseterre, reflects the French heritage of much of the island's history. Until recently St. Kitts and Nevis were primarily agricultural, with sugar cane as the main crop.  New road construction and economic growth are beginning to bring the islands into the mainstream of the tourism industry, and they are becoming known as pleasant and comfortable vacation destinations.

First settled by the British in 1623, the islands became an associated state with full internal autonomy in 1967.  Following a failed referendum to separate St. Kitts from Nevis, the two distinct island communities are divided by a channel less than two miles long, Ross University is located in St. Kitts, the larger of the two islands.  St. Kitts is a beautiful island with large natural beaches, coral gardens, quaint villages, mountain gorges, and rainforests. 

Recreation
Recreational opportunities abound on the island and are a great way to unwind from the challenging curriculum. You can play softball, basketball, volleyball, golf, and tennis.  There are dozens of interesting hiking and climbing expeditions available that include waterfalls, caves, mountains, bird-watching, a fortress, and a volcanic crater.

And, of course, St. Kitts coastal waters offer swimming, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, and water skiing.

There is an abundance of interesting local land and aquatic fauna, including the mongoose, green vervet monkey, giant centipede, moray eel, great barracuda, and several species of sharks. Birds include brown pelicans, gulls, frigate birds, sugarbirds, snowy egrets, loons, and herons.

The People of St. Kitts
The people of St. Kitts are warm and open. The environment is friendly and because students live off campus they come to experience quite a bit of island life. Religion plays a central role in life on the island and crime rates are low. 

Ross and St. Kitts
Ross University is chartered by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to award the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Recognizing that the relationship with the host country must be mutually beneficial, officials of the School of Veterinary Medicine are dedicated to providing veterinary medical education of the highest quality, while simultaneously working with the host government to improve the health and welfare of the human and animal populations of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The relationship between members of the School of Veterinary Medicine community and citizens of St. Kitts is excellent; the government and the people view the University as a distinct asset.

Climate
St. Kitts experiences its driest weather and temperatures from 78 to 86 degrees November through May.  Due to the northeast trade winds, humidity is low year-round.   Late August and September are the windiest periods. Annual rainfall average is 55-inches in St. Kitts.

Dress
Because of the warm climate, light cotton clothing is recommended. Brief rain showers occur quite often during summer and fall; therefore, light rain gear is needed. Casual clothes, such as shorts and sandals, are acceptable on campus; more formal attire, however, is expected in town and at some social events.  It is customary in St. Kitts, that women should wear skirts or dresses in these situations; men should wear slacks, not shorts, and upon occasion, a sports jacket is appropriate.

Religion
There are a number of organized religious groups that hold regular services as a wide variety of religious denominations are represented in St. Kitts.  Religious holidays are not observed by the University; all classes proceed as scheduled.

Local Travel
It is easy to get around St. Kitts. Taxi service is readily available, as are small buses or vans that travel the highways, picking up and dropping off passengers on request. Official taxi fares are posted at the airports; keep in mind that figures are listed in Eastern Caribbean dollars.

St. Kitts also runs ferry services 7 days a week between Basseterre, St. Kitts and Charlestown, Nevis.

Communication
Telecommunications in St. Kitts are more than adequate with well-developed cable television, telephone, and wireless systems.  Hurricanes are a risk in the early fall, as they are to most parts of the Caribbean (and southeastern regions of the U.S.).  The Ross University campus and community are well equipped to deal with them.