Life in St. Kitts

The 28 months you spend on the Ross University campus will likely be one of the most intense and unforgettable experiences of your life, made even more so by the extraordinary environment of St. Kitts, one of the jewels of the Caribbean. A volcanic island, St. Kitts is lined by stunning windswept beaches: the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Caribbean to the west. Cooled by trade winds, St. Kitts enjoys an average temperature of just under 80ºF. The name St. Kitts is short for St. Christopher, the name reputedly given by Christopher Columbus when he first passed through the Caribbean in the 1490s. Due to its abundant forests, fresh water, and fertile, easily worked soil, St. Kitts attracted more Europeans and, in 1623, became Britain’s first colony in the West Indies. The culture of St. Kitts combines elements from Africa, Europe and native America. St. Kitts and its sister island, Nevis, gained independence from Britain in 1983. British influence is still strongly evidenced in many local customs, including driving on the left, red telephone booths and enthusiasm for cricket.

The 50-acre Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine campus is designed to support a student-focused environment with the teaching, learning, and laboratory facilities needed for efficient learning. One of the most exciting parts of your life at Ross University will be the campus community. You will find your fellow students, as well as the faculty, to be an amazingly diverse group of people.  Although 90% are U.S. residents drawn from a broad range of educational institutions, including state universities and colleges, the variety of cultures, personalities, languages and lifestyles that you will encounter here will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Shireen Blum, New York (Class of 2013)
"I grew up in India and saw a lot of animal suffering, and even as a child that didn't sit well with me. I've always had a connection with animals – there's something that draws me to them. I originally tried another career path but kept coming back to the fact that I wanted to heal animals. For me, it was Ross or nothing because Ross was the place that told me my dream could become reality. I've wanted a career in veterinary medicine for so long that I'm enjoying every single minute here."

Kristal David, Florida (Class of 2012)
"I've always wanted to be a veterinarian, but it wasn't until I was in college in a marketing track that I realized I wouldn't be happy doing anything else. My experience at Ross has been great. One of the accomplishments I'm most proud of is helping to launch the new Avian Club. We teach students the proper way to, among other things, hold birds and perform nail clips. It really gives them an edge in the clinical year. Ross was the only school I applied to and I would recommend it to anyone because of the exceptional hands-on experience and sense of community that I've experienced here."

Christopher Reagh, Ohio (Class of 2012)
"I've always been interested in the sciences and think veterinary medicine offers more hands-on opportunities than human medicine. At Ross, I've had the opportunity to be a pathology teaching assistant since third semester and through that I've learned how much I enjoy teaching, so in the future I want to find a way to balance small animal medicine with academia. I'm also a student drug representative and act as a liaison between Ross and Bayer, which provides discounted products to Ross students. One student from each veterinary school is chosen for this position, so it's a great opportunity. My experience at Ross has been terrific. All the people who come here have one goal in mind, and being in that kind of environment is very unique."

Christina Chou, California (Class of 2013)
"My focus was originally in pre-med, but my heart just wasn't in it. After college, I worked at a Banfield veterinary hospital and I immediately knew that vet medicine was what I had to do. My experience at Ross has been great. Right away we had hands-on experience in anatomy and large and small animal palpation. The curriculum is very challenging, but doing well here makes me confident that I'll succeed in the field. I'm currently a member of P.A.W.S. (People for Animal Welfare on St. Kitts) and the Shelter Medicine Club, and am looking forward to fostering dogs here in St. Kitts. In the future I want to go into small animal medicine, and would like to specialize in animal behavior modification."