The University of the West Indies


UWI's Future Veterinarians Take Oath

On Friday June 3rd, 2016, graduands of The UWI’s School of Veterinary Medicine in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, declared, in the presence of family, peers, teachers and the public, their intention to be loyal to their chosen profession and their alma mater. This year, 31 students took an oath, affirming their intent to be faithful in the discharge of the professional commitment they have undertaken. The Oath Taking Ceremony heralded the entry of successful final year veterinary students into the veterinary profession.  

The School of Veterinary Sciences’ Oath is a modified version of the well-known Hippocratic Oath, which has always been regarded through the ages as the gold standard for medical practitioners worldwide. Dr. Paul Crooks, President of the Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association, delivered the feature address. Dr Crooks urged the graduands to promote animal welfare, but insisted that they must do it in a measured way. “The regard for animal health, welfare and animal rights will change, but we, in Trinidad and Tobago, and the region, are not yet where we should be. There’s a lot of work to be done and promotion of animal welfare should ideally be ongoing and target the younger persons in society. Changing the mindsets of the children and young adults will eventually lead to permanent changes in the traditional and cultural perceptions of animals and their roles in the environment and in society,” he said. 

Addresses were also delivered by Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Campus Principal; Professor Terence Seemungal, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences; and Professor Bhakthavatsalam Murali, Director, School of Veterinary Medicine. 




To produce well-trained, competent and versatile professionals who can practice all aspects of veterinary medicine in the Caribbean and in the wider world; and to develop a regional centre for diagnosis and research in animal (and human) health and disease control.


The School of Veterinary Medicine is the only one in the English-speaking Caribbean offering a complete DVM programme at a single site. The School is equipped with modern teaching and research     laboratories, which facilitate practical training, and research projects.  Our Veterinary Hospital consists of small animal, farm animal and equine clinics as well as a number of diagnostic laboratories. Click here to see video









Click here to meet the members of VSATT