Fifty St. Kitts Families Benefit from Donation Supported by Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) donated US$500.00 to the Feed the Hungry Program which forms part of the Pastor Desmond Herbert Foundation (PDHF). The donation helped to provide hot meals to fifty families in the St. Kitts community. The PDHF is a non-profit, non-denominational organization geared towards bringing relief to the less fortunate in the St. Kitts community. Its main objectives are: to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause during its monthly Feed the Hungry Program; and to contribute to a better St. Kitts. “We are proud to be able to assist disadvantaged families in St. Kitts.” said Ms. Jodi Peeler, RUSVM assistant dean of communications and external relations. “Too many of us take these basic human needs for granted, but they aren’t a given. On behalf of the University, we are proud to support the program as it matches RUSVM’s mission of serving the local community.” Pastor Desmond Herbert, founder of the PDHF, expressed his gratitude for the donation. “In these rough economic times, we must remember that there are families among us who are literally going hungry. As a community, we must join together and help those who need our help. The PDHF would like to thank RUSVM for this timely contribution. This will go a long way in providing hot meals for the less fortunate among us.”

Also present at the handing over ceremony was Nell Jacobs, PDHF Administrative Assistant and Carla Herbert, PDHF Executive Officer. On a monthly basis, the PDHF undertakes island-wide meal distribution to those less fortunate. Citizens can donate funds, food, clothing, or give of their time through volunteerism. Those who wish to pledge or volunteer with the PDHF should contact Pastor Herbert directly at 869 664 8601. RUSVM is committed to improving the well-being of animals and people through community service, teaching and research. RUSVM has made various equipment and educational contributions in the Federation. The school offers a complimentary spay clinic for female dogs to help control the stray dog population on the island. In addition, the university has donated supplies and monetary funds to schools in St. Kitts, the Children’s Home, contributed critical care equipment to JNF General Hospital and created sea turtle awareness programs. RUSVM has also supported the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force through various vehicle and equipment donations.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), founded in 1982, is committed to educating highly-trained veterinarians to serve society’s needs. RUSVM students complete their academic program on a technologically-advanced campus in St. Kitts, West Indies, before completing the final clinical year of the program in one of the over 20 AVMA-accredited U.S. veterinary schools affiliated with RUSVM. RUSVM is accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board ( and the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education ( to offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program. The RUSVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association ( RUSVM is a member of the DeVry Medical International (DMI) family. DMI is part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV, member S&P 500 Index). For more information about RUSVM, visit

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