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On-Campus Research Opportunities

As a Ross Vet student, you will have the opportunity to participate in real world problem solving the moment you step on campus, where you'll gain exposure to research in veterinary medicine.

We provide a range of opportunities for our students to achieve meaningful research experiences recognizing that an intensive 3-semester year veterinary curriculum creates logistical issues around the timing of research. These experiences can range from involvement in an approved intramural and/or extramural research project on campus, to working several weeks or months at another institution, program or field investigation during semester breaks or by taking a semester away from the DVM program. All DVM students engaging in research must undergo a series of trainings before they are allowed to work in laboratories.


Students who qualify academically can earn 1 to 5 academic credits, through the optional Special Topics in Research Elective Credit program. Special topics are selected based on available faculty supervision and the feasibility of the proposed research project. Credits are assigned based on the hours involved per semester, e.g. 1 credit for 14 hours of work, 2 credits for 28hrs, etc. with the level of involvement varying with the project, length of commitment and the student’s interests.


RAs devote up to 25 hours (paid) to a specific project during a semester. Upon completion, the RA is expected to present the results of their work at a Ross Vet forum. If judged of high quality, the RA will be eligible for a travel grant to allow them to present their work at a scientific conference.  The RA position is designed to give students a hands-on introduction to independent research. In 2015 and 2016 we had 239 and 387 students serve as RAs, respectively, while 115 students have served as RAs during the first two semesters of 2017. E-mail research@rossvet.edu.kn for an application form. Additionally, you can contact the Principal Investigator of the project you desire.


Research Volunteers have no specified time commitment to a project and will likely not have a focused personal project on which to work.  There is no stipend and no expectation of presentation of results at a Ross Vet forum. The RV position is designed to allow students to observe certain aspects of how research is conducted.


As a Research Scholar student, you would take a semester off from your veterinary education program to focus on a specific research project. You would work with a Principal Investigator to conduct research in an area you are interested in. You'll gain an insight on career opportunities in biomedical research through a supportive, mentored research experience in an established laboratory, and through seminars and discussion groups on careers in science.

For information about these opportunities, contact research@rossvet.edu.kn.


The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) accepts applications for Research Assistant or Team Leader in the field during the leatherback nesting season (March - July), starting January 15.

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