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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Ngee Ann Polytechnic Strengthen International Ties

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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) in Singapore. The goals of the MOU are to develop mutually beneficial collaborations in education and research, and to establish a pathway for Singapore students to obtain a veterinary degree.

One area of collaboration is the creation of an international research internship opportunity for students completing the Diploma in Veterinary Bioscience from NP’s School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology. The program will allow a select group of NP students to spend 15 weeks at the RUSVM campus in St. Kitts, where they will complete a research project within one of RUSVM’s four research centers.

The internships, to be offered beginning in February 2015, will fulfill a core requirement of NP students’ training program and will provide students with practical experience in a veterinary research environment. Research areas may include topics such as food safety, fish diseases, sea-turtle conservation and the One Health Initiative that aims to forge global alliances among medical and veterinary professionals.

“Whether our students choose the veterinary technician career path or decide to further their education through a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or postgraduate research degree, the international research experience they gain at RUSVM will better prepare them for the world of global veterinary medicine,” said Hedy Goh, PhD, director of the NP School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology.

In addition to the internships, the MOU encourages NP and RUSVM faculty and students to develop future collaborations. “An important component of RUSVM’s vision for veterinary education and research is the expansion of global collaborations, including Asia,” said Elaine Watson, DSc, PhD, FRCVS, RUSVM dean. “The internship program with NP is an exciting initiative, and serves as the catalyst for future opportunities with institutions in Singapore and beyond.”

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), founded in 1982, 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 (www.ab.gov.kn). The DVM program holds accredited status from the American Veterinary Medical Association (www.avma.org). The RUSVM Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (www.aahanet.org).

RUSVM is a part of DeVry Education Group (NYSE:DV) . For more information about RUSVM, visit www.rossu.edu/veterinary-school.

About Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Inaugurated in 1963 as Ngee Ann College with only 116 students, Ngee Ann Polytechnic is today one of Singapore’s leading institutions of higher learning with more than 16,000 full-time students, about 2,000 part-time students and an alumni community of over 130,000.

The polytechnic offers 49 full-time courses through its nine academic schools – School of Business & Accountancy, School of Design & Environment, School of Engineering, School of Film & Media Studies, School of Health Sciences, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of InfoComm Technology, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology. Ngee Ann also supports Continuing Education and Training (CET) through its CET Academy which offers a wide range of part-time programmes.

Learning takes place amid a caring and conducive environment with top-notch facilities ranging from broadcast, multimedia and animation studios to research laboratories as well as simulation and technology centres. With our emphasis on broad-based learning, global exposure and character development, Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s vision is to prepare graduates with a passion for learning, values for life and competencies to thrive in a global workplace.

For more information, please visit www.np.edu.sg.

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