DR. SARAH WILKINSON-EYTLE IS THE INCOMING COMMONWEALTH VETERINARY ASSOCIATION SECRETARY
The Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA) held its 7th Pan-Commonwealth Veterinary Conference in Bangalore, India, from March 3 – 7 2019. Over 700 delegates, including 140 from 38 other countries, mainly from members of the British Commonwealth, attended the event.
Jamaica was represented by the JVMA’s CVA Councillor Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle who, in the election of the new Executive, was selected as the Association’s new Secretary. The Executive-elect will take office in January 2020.
Dr. Wilkinson-Eytle, who operates Phoenix VetCare in Kingston and Mandeville, is a long-serving member of the JVMA’s Executive, serving in various capacities including Secretary, Treasurer and President. The JVMA takes great pride in her achievement and looks forward to her term as CVA Secretary and even greater involvement of the CVA in the Caribbean region.
The new CVA office bearers are: President – Dr. Olatunji Nasir, Nigeria Immediate Past President – Dr. Peter Thornber, Australia Executive Director – Dr. Abdul Rahman, India Secretary – Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle, Jamaica Treasurer – Dr. Dianne Phillips, Australia Program Manager – Dr. Sean Wensley, United Kingdom Communications Coordinator – Dr. Jeff Cave, Australia
Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle
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Dr. Michael Motta. Dr. Motta was honoured as the JVMA's Veterinarian of the Year 2016.
TWO VETS RECEIVE NATIONAL HONOURS
October 21, 2019:
Two Veterinarians were among the recipents of National Awards to be bestowed on Heroes' Day, October 23 this year. Both received the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (C.D.).
Dr. Michael Motta (left) was honoured for services to the cattle industry while Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett (right) was awarded for his services to Jamaica's horse racing industry.
The JVMA proudly congratulates both awardees!
Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett.
VETERINARIAN OF THE YEAR 2018
Dr. Graham Brown of Animalcare Veterinary Services is the JVMA’s Veterinarian of the Year 2018.
The award was presented at the Association’s Annual General Meeting on June 2, 2019. It was to have been presented at a General Meeting held in March, but Dr. Brown was unable to attend at that time.
Dr. Brown, who served many years on the JVMA Executive, including the top posts of Treasurer, Secretary and President, was selected based on his yeoman service to the Association during the year, despite no longer being on the Executive, including his company’s sponsorship of one of our General Meetings, his role in alleviating a major crisis in the clinical community by specially importing a supply of the anaesthetic drug ketamine, when the local source was out of supply for an extended period, and his role in the organization of specialized surgeries for horses at Caymanas Park by equine surgeon Dr. Jonathan Whyte of the UWI School of Veterinary Medicine (Trinidad).
His crowning achievement for the year was the accreditation of Animalcare Veterinary Laboratory by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) – a first for a private veterinary laboratory in the region.
Dr. Graham Brown (center) poses with his Award. On the left is Dr. Denise Cole, Nominations & Membership Chairperson, who read Dr. Brown's Citation, and Dr. Nigel Elliott, JVMA President on the right.
Mr. Boris Corujo (left) of Boeringer Ingelheim, AGM sponsor presents Vet of the Year Dr. Graham Brown with a special gift. On right, Dr. Nigel Elliott
Dr. Susan Koenig with a Jamaican Boa Constrictor (Chilabothrus subflavus) - one of our endemic, but endangered wildlife species. According to Dr. Koenig, our Boa is closely related to the Dwarf Boa of neighbouring Hispaniola. The Jamaican snake, originally a dwarf, but having no competition for its diet of coneys and birds, evolved to be much larger. The Boa population was seriously impacted by the introduction of the mongoose, which is an invasive species.
DR. SUSAN KOENIG MADE AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE JVMA
Wildlife Ecologist and Director of the Windsor Research Centre in the Cockpit Country of Trelawny, Dr. Susan Koenig has been made an Honorary Member of the JVMA. The vote by the membership took place at the Association’s Annual General Meeting on June 2, 2019.
Over the past several years, she has been a resource person for veterinarians on wildlife matters, both formally and informally, beginning in 2014 with a Wildlife Seminar for veterinarians held at Hope Zoo. She presented to us on Ebola and its wildlife connection at a Continuing Education seminar held in 2016, on Jamaican wildlife ecology and conservation at the 2017 CbVMA Conference, on Jamaican bats & rabies at the November 2018 One Health Day Conference, and again on Ebola in the Veterinary session of the Medical Association of Jamaica’s Annual Symposium 2019. She is involved in the planning and implementation of the upcoming Rabies Surveillance Project in Jamaica.
Informally, she has always been an e-mail away for consultation for a wealth of information on our wildlife and any possible disease connections.
The JVMA welcomes Dr. Koenig and looks forward to ongoing information sharing for the benefit of our wildlife, the involvement of the veterinary profession in its conservation and to promote greater understanding of wildlife’s role in the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
JVMA Constitution: Article 1, Section 5
Veterinarians, distinguished Scientists and other persons in any part of the world, who have risen to prominence in the veterinary profession, or who have contributed distinguished service to veterinary science and to its advancement and application, may become Honorary members of the Association on nomination by the Executive Committee and election by a majority vote at an Annual or a Special General Meeting.
DR. SASHA HALSALL is VETERINARIAN OF THE YEAR 2017-18
Ocho Rios, March 11, 2018: The award of Veterinarian of the Year 2017-18 was conferred upon Dr. Sasha Renee Halsall at the JVMA's March General Meeting held at the Hibiscus Lodge in Ocho Rios. The award was based on voting by Association members and was presented by Dr. Michael Motta.
Dr. Halsall was recognized for her hard work and dedication in organizing the scientific programme at last year's Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association Conference held November 6-9, 2017 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. She coordinated and liaised with all speakers and spearheaded the scheduling and running of the scientific sessions. She was also recognized for her entreprenuerial spirit in the development of her own line of pet treats - Sashi's Treats.
Dr. Halsall is a 2007 graduate of the University of the West Indies' School of Veterinary Medicine.
The JVMA offers heartiest congratulations!
Dr. Sasha Halsall (left), the JVMA's 2017-18 Veterinarian of the Year, poses with the Award Plaque and JVMA President Dr. Nigel Elliott (right). (Photo courtesy Dr. Rayon Gregory.)
Dr. Michael Motta (right) presents the award to Dr. Halsall. (Photo courtesty Dr. Rayon Gregory)
Dr. Grace McDonnough Lyon accepts her award.
The 30th Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association Conference, held November 6 - 9, 2017 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, saw the recognition of two female Caribbean veterinarians for their contribution as pioneering women in the profession. Dr. Grace McDonnough Lyon of Jamaica and Dr. Patricia Barrows Smart of Trinidad & Tobago received awards for their long careers of service, beginning at a time when veterinary medicine was a male-dominated profession. They were recognized as trail-blazers and awarded inscribed plaques carrying a wood carving of the veterinary rod of Asclepius.
Dr. McDonnough Lyon, a JVMA Honour Roll Member, gave a heartfelt acceptance speech, telling stories of her experiences in her early days. Her career has spanned over 40 years, begining as a Veterinary Officer in the Veterinary Division of the Ministry of Agriculture in 1972, entering private clinical practice in 1985 operating Veterinary Medical Clinic in Kingston until her retirement from active clinical work in 2010. She has been an active JVMA member, serving on the Executive on many occasions.
Dr. Barrows Smart was not in attendance but delivered her acceptance via video recording with Dr. Michelle Mellowes of the TTVA receiving the award on her behalf.
At the December General Meeting of the JVMA, held at the Medallion Hall Hotel, Kingston on December 10, 2017, Dr. Clifford Bradford was called to the Honour Roll of the Association in recognition of his years of outstanding service to the profession and the Association. Dr Bradford is an award-winning equine practitioner who has been active in the JVMA throughout his career, serving on the Executive on many occasions, and is a former member of the Jamaica Veterinary Board.
Dr. Michelle Mellowes (centre) receives the CbVMA Award on behalf of Dr. Patricia Barrows Smart who appears on screen right.
Dr. Clifford Bradford (left) shows off his Honour Roll award with JVMA President Dr. Nigel Elliott (right).
Dr. Clifford Bradford and family.
Two veterinarians inducted into the Jamaica Racing Commission's Hall of Fame
Dr. Clifford Bradford receives his Jamaica Racing Commission Hall of Fame Citation from colleague Dr. Sophia Ramlal.
June 22, 2017: Veterinarians Drs. St. Aubyn Bartlett and Clifford Bradford have been inducted into the Jamaica Racing Commission's Hall of Fame. This honour is bestowed from time to time on persons and horses who have made stellar contributions to the industry.
Dr. Bartlett was presented with his award by Mr. Kent Pantry, Chairman of the JRC's First Instance Tribunal while Dr. Bradford's was presented by his colleague and JRC Veterinarian Dr. Sophia Ramlal.
The JVMA heartily congratulates both veterinarians on this honour!
To read the Citations for each, please click on the images to the left and right.
Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett receives his Jamaica Racing Commission Hall of Fame Citation from JRC's First Instance Tribunal Mr. Kent Pantry.
Dr. Michael Motta is the JVMA's Veterinarian of the Year 2016
Dr. Michael Motta (left) receives his Veterinarian of the Year award from out-going JVMA President Dr. Kevin Walker.
At the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the JVMA, held on Sunday June 27, 2017, Dr. Michael Motta was awarded as the Association's Veterinarian of the Year 2016. Dr. Motta was chosen from a field of four nominees in a vote by the Association's membership.
His nomination was based on the following:
For his work in the area of Embryo Transfer achieving the first ever Jamaica Brahman ET calves born in January of this year with more born during the summer. His dedication to this overall ET project and the expertise he has developed is exemplary and is making a major contribution to the work of re-invigorating Jamaica's cattle breeds. (See article HERE from our 2016 World Veterinary Day Gleaner supplement)
For his dedication to the mentoring and support of veterinary students, and young veterinary graduates.
For his tireless devotion to his work - long hours, traveling far and wide around the island.
For his support of the Association's activities
Dr. Motta is a 1998 graduate of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He worked with Windalco for several years and is now employed to the Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies.
Dr. Sophia Ramlal is 2014's Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Sophia Ramlal (R) receives the Veterinarian of the Year award from JVMA President Dr. Kevin Walker
December 14, 2014
Dr. Sophia Ramlal, long serving JVMA member and former Executive member (including Treasurer, Vice-President) received a very pleasant surprise at the Association's December General Meeting at the Knutford Court Hotel when she was bestowed with the award of Veterinarian of the Year 2014. She was recognized specifically for her hard work and dedication as Chairperson of the Jamaica Veterinary Board's Continuing Education Assessment Committee (CEAC) in the implementation of the Board's CE requirements for veterinarians registered to practice in Jamaica during the current year.
The Veterinarian of the Year plaque and a trophy were presented by JVMA President Dr. Kevin Walker. The Citation was read by Dr. Robert Thomas, Executive member and Immediate Past President of the Association. Click HERE to read the Citation.
The meeting was hosted by the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries with the central feature being a presesntation by Dr. Ikolyn Ricketts and Mrs. Claudette Phipps to senisitize the veterinary community on the recently launched National Animal Identification & Traceability System (NAITS) (see related story on this page). Dr. Paul Cadogan also gave a presentation on One Health and the recently implemented One Health One Caribbean One Love programme and Leadership Series in which he is one of Jamaica's representatives (see related story on this page).
Members were able to submit their CE documents to the CEAC in preparation for renewal of practising licenses in January 2015. A brief but useful discussion of Matters Arising from the previous general meeting and New Business followed.
Dr. Patrick Craig completes PhD at University of Liverpool
Dr. Patrick Craig with his Thesis: The effects of the abortifacient parasite, Neospora caninum on bovine foetuses in early and late gestation.
September 27, 2014
Jamaican veterinarian Dr. Patrick Craig has successfully defended his thesis on "the effects of the abortifacient parasite, Neospora caninum on bovine foetuses in early and late gestation" at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Craig, a 2009 graduate of the People's Friendship University of Russia (PFUR) in Moscow, Russia, was one of five recipients of the 2010 Commonwealth Scholarship and chose the University of Liverpool as the institution at which he would pursue his dream of becoming a pathologist. "My goal since year 3 of vet school was to be a pathologist, because I simply fell in love with it and I think I was just good at the thing. I was initially given the Royal Veterinary College in London to read for the PhD, but then I found out that one of the best pathologists in the country was at Liverpool, so I turned down RVC and applied for UoL."
It was a tough road - four years of hard work, long hours and determination - which led to this moment of triumph and satisfaction for Dr. Craig. "I sacrificed all my time (play and rest time) to make sure that my work would be exceptional. I even got to present it to the rest of the world at an international conference in Perth, Australia and all the great Prof. and Doctors were well pleased to see a piece of work with a different approach. I successfully defended my thesis August 29th, 2014 after a gruelling 4 hour exam. My examiners praised the thesis for its uniqueness and that gave me the extra confidence that I can now work independently and produce meaningful results of the highest quality. The final step on this journey is simply to collect the piece of paper in the December graduation, as life as a PhD student is no more."
Though life as a PhD student is now a thing of the past, Dr. Craig has his sights set on further achievements and intends to work towards Board Certification by the European College of Veterinary Pathology.
Congratulations Patrick from all your Jamaican colleagues and friends!
PLEASE CLICK HERE for information on Neospora caninum.
L-R: Dr. Emanuele Ricci, neuropathologist, Liverpool (internal examiner), Prof. Diana Williams, Veterinary Parasitologist (supervisor), Dr. Patrick Craig (candidate) Damer Blake, Molecular Parasitologist, Royal Veterinary College (external examiner)
DR. DAVID McKENZIE IS TUSKEGEE'S NEW VETERINARY MEDICAL TEACHING HOSPITAL DIRECTOR
Jamaican-born Dr. David McKenzie has been appointed as the new Director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University located in Alabama in the United States. Dr. McKenzie, a Tuskegee alumnus, is also an associate professor of large animal medicine and surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences there.
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Dr. David McKenzie
In an article in the April 2014 issue of the magazine DVM 360, he is quoted as saying “I am passionate about teaching and mentoring students and am honoured to serve as the new Director of the VMTH. I hope to help continue to move the teaching hospital forward to make sure our students are well trained to compete globally upon their completion of the veterinary medical curriculum here at Tuskegee University.”
Dr. McKenzie graduated with his DVM in 1990 and his post-graduate qualifications include a Masters in Veterinary Science (1996), a Masters in Public Health specializing in Epidemiology and International Health (University of Alabama- Birmingham, 2004) and a Doctorate in Health Education (UAB, 2012). He is Board-certified in large animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and has a special interest in international veterinary medicine, serving in a number of capacities pertaining to international veterinary graduates. He has always maintained close ties with the Jamaican veterinary community, including membership in the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association.
He hails from Kingston and is the son of Dr. Keith McKenzie, a paediatrician who was among Jamaica's first paediatric cardiologists and was originally from Grange Hill, Westmoreland, and his late wife Norma who was from Highgate, St. Mary.
Many Jamaican veterinarians, both home and abroad, are Tuskegee alumni and the entire veterinary community shares in their pride at Dr. McKenzie’s achievement. The JVMA salutes Dr. David McKenzie and wishes him all success in his major role in shaping and guiding the development of veterinarians of the future.
Veterinarians of the Year 2013: Left, Dr. Rayon Gregory, right Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle. JVMA President Dr. Robert Thomas looks on.
Awards Presented at JVMA Christmas General Meeting
The JVMA's December General Meeting was held on Sunday December 8, 2013 at the Mona Visitors' Lodge on the campus of the University of the West Indies. Apart from the normal discussion of current issues pertinent to the veterinary profession in Jamaica, the meeting featured a series of awards to members in recognition of their services to the Association and profession.
The second awarding of the title "Veterinarian of the Year" this time was shared by two veterinarians - Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle and Dr. Rayon Gregory in recognition of their work throughout the year in the planning and execution of World Veterinary Day activities in April and the very successful Small Ruminant Workshop held in August.
Two senior veterinarians were called to the JVMA's Honour Roll for their tireless services to the Association and profession over the years - Dr. George Grant and Dr. Grace McDonnough Lyon. Each presented the other with their awards and gave a short acceptance speech - each looking at the past, but charging the new generation of veterinarians to take care of the future. In particular, Dr. Grant called for the advancement of the One Health concept in Jamaica.
Drs. Cliff Bradford, Sasha Halsall, Wintorph Marsden and Sophie Ramlal were awarded Certificates of Appreciation for their contributions during the year.
Prize baskets for the awardees were donated by sponsor Lasco Distributors, represented by Mr. Leabert Rowe.
Members welcomed Dr. Kerriel Green, recent graduate from the Federal University of Parana, Brazil who had just passed the local Veterinary Board examination and was awaiting registration. It was a historic occasion in that she is the first graduate of a South American veterinary institution to be registered in Jamaica.
New Honour Roll Members: Left, Dr. Grace McDonnough Lyon, right, Dr. George Grant
Dr. Kerriel Green (right) says hello to her new colleagues as Dr. Robert Thomas (left) looks on
Dr. Keith Amiel (left) wears his award medal posing with Dr. Audrie McNab at a Caribbean Broilers Group function held in his honour.
Dr. Keith Amiel awarded Order of Distinction – Commander Class
October 21, 2013
Jamaican veterinarians are once again looking on with pride as another of our own has received an award of recognition – this time a National Honour.
Dr. Donald Keith Amiel was bestowed with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD) by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen at the National Honours and Awards ceremony at Kings House. The awards are held annually on Jamaica’s Heroes’ Day public holiday. Dr. Amiel was recognized for his dedicated service in the field of Agriculture.
Dr. Amiel studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of London in the United Kingdom and as a young veterinary officer with the Veterinary Division of the Ministry of Agriculture in the 1970’s he began making his mark on the Agricultural sector and, after moving on to the private sector, has continued to do so to this day with dedication and vision beyond compare.
He is a former President of the JVMA and was called to the Association’s Honour Roll in 2006.
Jamaican veterinarians invite our colleagues and friends from around the Caribbean region and the world beyond to join us in congratulating Dr. Amiel on his well-deserved National recognition!
Dr. Wintorph Marsden awarded Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation
August 1, 2013: Dr. Wintorph "Winty" Marsden, Senior Veterinary Officer at the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries has received the Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica in recognition of his work in the field of Agriculture.
Dr. Marsden began working with the Ministry of Agriculture in the early 1980's as a technician in the Artificial Insemination laboratory at the Bodles Research Station in St. Catherine. He then attended the REPAHA programme in Guyana , becoming an Animal Health Assistant in 1986. After several years working in St. Catherine, he went on to study veterinary medicine at the Kharkov Zooveterinary Institute in Russia, graduating in 1995.
He is currently the Commonwealth Veterinary Association Representative on the Executive of the JVMA.
The Medal was presented at a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus on July 31, 2013.
The JVMA offers heartiest congratulations to Dr. Marsden!
Dr. Suzan McLennon-Miguel: Civil Servant of the Year 2011
Dr. Suzan McLennon-Miguel, Veterinary Specialist in the Veterinary Epidemiology, Public Health & Food Safety unit at the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries is the Jamaica Civil Service Association's Civil Servant of the Year 2011!
Dr. Mclennon-Miguel, affectionately known as Doc Sue, first entered the service as an Animal Health Assistant in 1989. She later studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of the West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Augustine, Trinidad, graduating in 2002 and went on to complete a Masters degree in Public Health. Doc Sue has worked tirelessly in the promotion of food safety and for the establishment of protocols for the management of cases of screwworm infestation in humans.
THE JVMA IS PROUD OF OUR DOC SUE!
Click HERE to read about Doc Sue's "Happy Room" project for children in Jamaica's hospitals.
Former JVMA President now with United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization
Kingston: June 13, 2009
Dr. Cedric Lazarus, former Senior Veterinary Officer in the Veterinary Services Division and JVMA President from 2002 to 2004, has been appointed Regional Livestock Development Officer by the United Nations' Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO). He is stationed in Barbados and will now be overseeing FAO livestock projects throughout the region which will include coming home to Jamaica on a regular basis.
Dr. Lazarus migrated to Canada in 2004 mid-way through his third term as JVMA President and worked with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). He returned briefly to the region - again Barbados - during the height of the 2007 H5N1 Avian Influenza epizootic to help coordinate regional preparedness. Since his appointment by the FAO in March 2009, he has already been in Jamaica overseeing the start-up of an FAO-sponsored evaluation of the state of our cattle industry - past, present and future.
The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association yet again notes with pride the achievements of another member and congratulates Dr. Lazarus on his appointment. we can all look forward to seeing him more often and working more closely with him in the coming months, particularly as we begin preparations for the 26th Biennial Caribbean Veterinary Conference which we will be hosting next year.
Dr. Paul Cadogan
Writer's Credit:Unless otherwise stated, all articles on this page are written by Dr. Paul Cadogan.