Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) has appointed a top European pathologist as director of its postgraduate studies.

European College of Veterinary Pathologists president Sean Callanan will oversee RUSVM’s first postgraduate degree programmes with a focus on research.

Based on Saint Kitts – an island in the West Indies – RUSVM has been awarding veterinary medicine degrees since 1982 and will now offer courses of study into wildlife conservation and tropical animal health.

The new programmes will provide opportunities for students with science or veterinary educational backgrounds to specialise in global issues related to human-animal interactions, such as diseases that transfer between species.

“My intention is to ensure strong mentorship, equip students with the ability to problem solve and encourage their curiosity to pursue complex research questions,” said Dr Callanan.

“I’m very excited to be given the opportunity to lead this new initiative in a school that is establishing itself as the leading animal health research and training institute in the region.”

Dr Callanan has a strong interest in neuroscience and is well known for his discovery and characterisation of a new neuroinflammatory disorder in Irish greyhounds.

RUSVM dean Elaine Watson believes the launch of the new programmes significantly extends the opportunities available to veterinary students.

“RUSVM’s Caribbean location opens up many research opportunities in areas popular with prospective students, such as conservation medicine and tropical animal health,” she said.

“The appointment of Dr Callanan as the programme’s first director brings an eminent veterinary pathologist to the school, who has a wealth of experience in supervising postgraduate students.”

For more information, visit Ross University’s website.

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