|[January 16, 2014]
Top European Pathologist Joins RUSVM to Lead New Postgraduate Degree Programs
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts --(Business Wire)--
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) announced the
appointment of Dr. Sean Callanan as director of postgraduate studies who
will oversee RUSVM's first postgraduate degree programs focused in
research. RUSVM has been awarding veterinary medicine degrees since 1982
and will now expand its programs to include master's and doctoral
The new degree programs provide opportunities for students with science
or veterinary educational backgrounds to specialize in global issues
related to human-animal interactions, such as diseases that transfer
between species. Courses of study include wildlife conservation and
tropical animal health. Students will benefit from the school's location
in St. Kitts, an island in the West Indies, where they will be able to
work with animals that live in a wide range of ecosystems.
"My intention is to ensure strong mentorship, equip students with the
ability to problem solve and encourage their curiosity to pursue complex
research questions," Dr. Callanan said. "I'm very excited to be given
the opportunity to lead this new initiative in a school that is
currently establishing itself as the leading animal-health research and
training institute in the region."
Dr. Callanan completed his degree in veterinary medicine at the
University College Dublin in his native Ireland and received his Ph.D.
degree and pathology training from the University of Glasgow in
Scotland. He has a strong interest in neuroscience and is well-known for
his discovery and characterization of a new neuroinflammatory disorder
in Irish greyhounds.
Much of Dr. Callanan's research has focused on feline immunodeficiency
virus (FIV), which is recognized as a model for HIV infection in humans.
His early work revealed that within weeks of infection, FIV can cross
the blood-brain barrier; once the virus infects the brin it can avoid
drug therapies and multiply unchecked. His pioneering work also includes
collaborations with Trinity College Dublin on the evaluation of novel
therapies for human neurodegenerative disorders.
Dr. Callanan is currently the president of the European College of
Veterinary Pathology, which promotes high standards within the specialty
in Europe by accrediting veterinary pathologists through examination and
by providing continuing professional development.
"The launch of these new postgraduate degrees significantly extends the
opportunities we provide to our veterinary students - both in terms of
projects for students on veterinary course, and in the ability to
register for dual-degree programs," said RUSVM Dean Dr. Elaine Watson.
"RUSVM's Caribbean location opens up many research opportunities in
areas that are popular with prospective students, such as conservation
medicine and tropical animal health. The appointment of Dr. Callanan as
the programs' first director brings an eminent veterinary pathologist to
the school who has a wealth of experience in supervising postgraduate
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
and animal health (One Health Initiative) through research and knowledge
RUSVM has focused research programs with an emphasis on emerging
infectious and zoonotic diseases, conservation medicine, and ecosystem
health. RUSVM is accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation
and has limited accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical
to offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program. The RUSVM
Veterinary Teaching Hospital is accredited by the American Animal
Hospital Association (www.aahanet.org).
RUSVM is a part of DeVry Education Group Inc. (NYSE:DV). For more
information about RUSVM, visit http://www.rossu.edu/veterinary-school.
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