Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine celebrates Class of 2020

June 1, 2020
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One out of every 20 U.S. veterinarians is a Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – June 1, 2020 – The veterinary workforce continues to experience shortages in both large- and small-animal practice. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 20% of veterinarians are expected to retire in the next decade.1 Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) continues to fill that need, with 377 students participating in the recent graduation ceremony. This brings the total number of RUSVM alumni to nearly 6,000.

“With a strong focus on the connection between human, environmental and animal health, also known as One Health, RUSVM graduates have knowledge that is particularly valuable during the current global pandemic,” said Sean Callanan, MVB, CERTVR, MRCVS, Ph.D., FRCPATH, DIPLECVP, dean of RUSVM. “With RUSVM alumni practicing in nearly every U.S. state and many other countries, our graduates are ready to make a positive impact on the communities in which they live and serve.”

RUSVM Class of 2020 graduates were recently honored in a virtual commencement ceremony. Banfield Pet Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Veterinary Affairs, Dr. Molly McAllister, DVM, MPH, served as keynote speaker for the event.

“Pets improve people’s lives,” McAllister said. “In this time of social distancing, the disruption of our routines and our support systems, pets have never been more important. Providing essential care to them in this time of crisis in the world around us has truly made people’s lives better.”

In addition to small-animal practice, many RUSVM graduates serve in large-animal practice, emergency medicine and specialty animal care. These high-demand fields demonstrate RUSVM’s commitment to filling critical workforce needs, a mission that is supported by RUSVM’s parent company, Adtalem Global Education.


About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Founded in 1982, RUSVM 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). RUSVM offers postgraduate Masters’, Ph.D. and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine confers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE), 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, Tel: 800.248.2862. Ross Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information visit and follow RUSVM on Twitter (@RossVetSchool), Instagram (@rossvetschool) and Facebook (@RossVetSchool).

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) is a leading workforce solutions provider and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, OnCourse Learning, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter (@adtalemglobal) and LinkedIn.

Elizabeth Story
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