BASSETERRE, St. Kitts–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) celebrated its 53rd
commencement ceremony at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida, on
May 18, 2019. RUSVM graduated more than 400 students, bringing the total
number of RUSVM alumni to more than 5,000.
The keynote address was delivered by Amanda Boag, MA, VETMB, DipECVECC,
DipACVECC, DipACVIM, FHEA, MRCVS, president of the Royal College of
Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). As a female leader in an industry that is
outpacing the growth of women in medical and other STEM fields, Dr. Boag
shared her experience as a veterinary leader and provided advice for
According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
(AAVMC), of which RUSVM is a member institution, there has been an 11.5%
increase in female enrollment in veterinary colleges since 20001.
“Times have definitely changed for the better but we should not assume
the change is complete. Hidden barriers, some of them within women
ourselves, do exist. So believe in yourselves and your value,” Dr. Boag
said to graduates.
Dr. Boag is a Board-certified veterinarian in both Internal Medicine as
well as in Emergency and Critical Care. She serves as clinical director
at Vets Now in the U.K., where she is responsible for clinical and
professional standards across 60 veterinary emergency clinics and three,
24-hour hospitals. She was president of the European Society of
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (EVECCS) from 2011-2014, and
founding president of the European College of Veterinary ECC (ECVECC)
from 2014-2018. In addition to serving as president of the RCVS, Dr.
Boag is also an elected council member.
Sean Callanan, Ph.D., MVB, MRCVS, CertVR, DipECVP, FRCPath, dean at
RUSVM, encouraged graduates to explore the many opportunities in
veterinary medicine, to take advantage of RUSVM’s vast alumni network
and to lead the veterinary profession into the future.
“As we promote and demonstrate the connection between human, animal and
environmental health, also known as One Health, our graduates will be
key members of a global conversation. I am proud of our students and
look forward to the impact they will have in both veterinary and human
medicine,” Callanan said.
RUSVM’s graduating class includes students from 45 states in the U.S.,
Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.
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) through research and
knowledge exchange. RUSVM has focused research programs with an emphasis
on emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases, conservation medicine and
ecosystem health. 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. For more information
please visit https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Colleges/Pages/default.aspx. Ross
Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American
Animal Hospital Association. The RUSVM Counseling Center is
accredited by the International
Association of Counseling Services, Inc. For more information about
RUSVM, visit http://veterinary.rossu.edu/
and follow RUSVM on Twitter (@RossVetSchool),
and Facebook (@RossVetSchool).
About Adtalem Global Education
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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 (IBMEC, Damásio and
Wyden institutions), American University of the Caribbean School of
Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists,
Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, Ross
University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary
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