Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Opens Research and Pathology Building

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) announced today
the opening of its Research and Pathology Building to further enhance
its research capabilities on St. Kitts, in the Caribbean, and globally.
The 19,000 square-foot structure will facilitate multidisciplinary
research collaborations and provide an academic platform for students
and faculty to address pressing One Health issues — the
interconnectivity of animal, human and environmental health. A grand
opening ceremony took place on the campus and was attended by
dignitaries from the St. Kitts government, leaders and Trustees of
RUSVM, and executives from RUSVM parent company Adtalem Global
Education, including president and CEO Lisa Wardell.

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The research building represents a USD $10.5 million investment in the
educational programs at RUSVM. The building features 13,000 square feet
of research space that includes eight laboratories, 2,000 square feet
dedicated to pathology that includes necropsy and histology suites along
with a viewing gallery to enhance student learning, and 4,000 square
feet for small group meetings and student needs. The research and
pathology sections of the building are designed to BSL-2 biosafety

“Our commitment to research is essential to the future of veterinary
medicine, which will involve collaborations across multiple disciplines
to address zoonotic diseases that pose devastating threats in the
Caribbean region and beyond,” said Dr. Sean Callanan, dean at RUSVM.
“The Center also represents our commitment to provide our students with
an innovative and advanced educational program that prepares them to
become leaders within the One Health realm.”

Research in the new facility will allow for an improved understanding of
zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, such as leptospirosis, dengue and
chikungunya, reducing the development of antimicrobial resistance, and
protection of threatened and endangered species and ecosystems in the
Caribbean. Research within this new facility will specifically address
sea turtle conservation, feral animal immune contraception strategies as
well as NIH-funded research on arboviruses.1

“For the last 35 years, the island of St. Kitts has benefited from the
presence of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, its
contributions to the community and the health of our animals and
ecosystems. We are pleased to see the continued investment in the island
with this new research facility, and look forward to a continued
mutually beneficial relationship,” said Timothy Harris, Prime Minister
of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Also during the opening ceremony, an additional portion of the new
building, the Dr. Donald F. Smith Learning Center, was dedicated to
RUSVM Trustee, Dr. Donald F. Smith, who passed away in 2016. An
accomplished large animal surgeon, veterinary historian, writer and
speaker, and former Dean of the Cornell University College of Veterinary
Medicine, Dr. Smith’s book on the fiftieth anniversary of the
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, Pathways to
Progress, was released to acclaim in 2016. Leaders of the Pack:
Women and the Future of Veterinary Medicine co-authored with Julie
Kumble, M.Ed. and released in 2017, explores key themes in leadership
and highlights women in veterinary medicine whose stories embody those
themes. His blog, “Veterinary Legacy,” chronicling the history of
veterinary medicine is still widely read and maintained by Cornell
University. Dr. Smith was a member of the American College of Veterinary
Surgeons and a member of the National Academies of Practice.

Dr. Smith’s wife and children were present as the building’s Learning
Center was dedicated in his honor. His memory and commitment to
leadership will live on with a plaque in his honor including his
portrait and biography, displayed inside the learning center.

“Ross University School of Veterinary School Medicine is proud to carry
on Don Smith’s advocacy for female leadership in our profession,” said
Callanan. “RUSVM is pleased to create a pathway to veterinary leadership
for the members of our diverse2 student population.”

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About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross) is a member of
Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider
headquartered in the United States. The organization’s purpose is
to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make
inspiring contributions to our global community. Founded in 1982, Ross
is committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of the
worldwide public and professional healthcare team and to advance human,
animal and ecosystem health (One Health Initiative) through research and
knowledge exchange. Ross has focused research programs with an emphasis
on emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases, conservation medicine and
ecosystem health. Ross offers postgraduate Masters’, Ph.D. and Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs accredited by the St. Christopher &
Nevis Accreditation Board. The DVM program holds accredited status from
the American Veterinary Medical Association (
The Ross Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital
Association (
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About Adtalem Global Education

The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to
achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to
our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member
S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider, and the
parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil, American
University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Association of Certified
Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education,
Carrington College, Chamberlain University, DeVry University and its
Keller Graduate School of Management, EduPristine, Ross University
School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
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1 Research reported in this publication was supported by the
National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases of the National
Institutes of Health under Award Number R21AI128407

2 Institutionally reported enrollment data from Fall 2017.

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