Dr. Elaine Watson Appointed Dean of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine


Elaine Watson, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, appointed as new dean of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Elaine Watson, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, appointed as new dean of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), a global provider of educational services, today announced that its Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) has appointed Dr. Elaine Watson as dean. Dr. Watson will assume responsibilities effective February 1, 2012 following the previously announced retirement of Dr. David DeYoung. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is a part of DeVry Medical International, which also includes Ross University School of Medicine and the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

“Dr. Watson is a tremendous addition to the DeVry family,” said Dr. Andrew Jeon, president of DeVry Medical International. “Her unrivaled leadership and academic experience will serve our students and faculty extremely well. Her strengths in strategic development, clinical research and teaching will continue to drive the quality of our programs to the next level. With her at the helm, the prospects for our School of Veterinary Medicine are very bright indeed.”

Since 2003, Dr. Watson has served as dean of the school of veterinary studies at the University of Edinburgh. She is a professor of veterinary reproduction, and a Jeanne Marchig Professorial Fellow of International Animal Welfare. She also served as a consultant to international veterinary programs and foundations across the world including City University in Hong Kong; the AAVMC-World Bank Taskforce to assess veterinary education in the developing world; and with international funders on a strategic review of international livestock consortiums. At Edinburgh, Dr. Watson initiated and led a $200 million capital development project to create the Easter Bush Campus, the highest concentration of animal scientists and veterinarians in Europe. She also developed the first strategic relationship between a pharmaceutical company (Pfizer Animal Health) and a veterinary school, and gained funding for the world’s first International Centre in Animal Welfare Education. Dr. Watson earned a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol and later a Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh.

“I am delighted to be joining DeVry and look forward to working with the faculty and staff to promote innovation in teaching and learning,” said Dr. Watson. “I am also keen to further support clinical research by the faculty to strengthen teaching and academic development and to expose students to all aspects of veterinary training.”

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers the doctor of veterinary medicine degree program. Founded in 1982 and located in St. Kitts, West Indies, RUSVM is accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board ( The veterinary medical program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE, 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, 847-925-8070). RUSVM is affiliated with 22 AVMA-accredited U.S. veterinary schools where students complete their clinical year. RUSVM’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the only facility outside the U.S. and Canada accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.

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