The Jamaica Veterinary Association was founded in 1946 by a small group of veterinary professionals working in Jamaica. The name was later changed in 1984 to the "Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association", but the current Association is the same body that was born in 1946 and it is thus one of the oldest professional organisations in the Caribbean. Members of the veterinary fraternity are proud of the significant contributions they have made to the agricultural economy and more specifically to the development of the livestock sector of Jamaica. This is in addition to the many contributions to the public health of the nation through the maintenance of a healthy livestock population.
The early periods of the delivery of veterinary services in Jamaica were dedicated especially to the prevention of the entry of the many devastating exotic animal diseases and those diseases of public health significance which had and continue to have a serious world wide impact on the status of both human and animal health.
In more recent times our members have become increasingly involved in small animal and equine medicine and are offering to their clients services on par with what is available in more developed countries. All this progress could never be achieved without the tremendous pioneering spirit, sense of duty, selfless dedication and commitment of those who were truly the pioneers of veterinary medicine and science in Jamaica. These pioneers manned both the public and private services and gave unstintingly of their energies, knowledge and service in the national interest. They fought a war against the ravages of animal diseases through the use of strict regulatory and quarantine measures, notwithstanding the fact that the use of these approaches did not necessarily coincide with local and individual self interests at the time.The Association and Jamaica have been blessed by having an ensemble of veterinarians who have been the products of many of the renowned world institutions of veterinary learning in the Caribbean, U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Hungary, Poland and the former USSR. Very few countries, that have fewer than 100 veterinarians in total, can boast this diversity of veterinary graduates whose combined knowledge and experience has made the veterinary profession in Jamaica strong and inclusive.
The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association is proud to represent virtually all veterinarians that are registered to practice veterinary medicine in Jamaica.
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