Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) has announced the opening of its Research and Pathology Building to further enhance its research capabilities on St. Kitts 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 inter-connectivity of animal, human and environmental health.
The research building represents a US$10.5 million investment in the educational programmes 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 standards.
“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 programme 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.
“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 Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis.