Lecturer - Veterinary Public Health

School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, EWMSC Mt. Hope, Trinidad, West Indies

Telephone: (868) 645-3232 Ext. 4237

Email: Lisa.Benjamin@sta.uwi.edu

Dr Lisa Benjamin is an epidemiologist and veterinarian at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Benjamin has experience in conducting research in the US and as well as in Trinidad and Tobago. As an Oak Ridge Institute of Sciences and Education Postdoctoral Scholar, she was based at the Center for Food Safety at UC Davis in California, a US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition centre of excellence. Dr. Benjamin’s focus at the Center for Food Safety was on risk factor analysis of pre-harvest data. She continue to conduct food safety research at the SVM. Another current focus is on tackling antimicrobial resistance, described as a “silent epidemic”, in the Caribbean region using a One Health approach. The objectives are to provide data that will support the development and implementation of real-time surveillance systems and to promote the creation of innovative solutions to challenges arising from antimicrobial resistance. 


  • BSc – Faculty of Natural Sciences, The University of the West Indies - 1990
  • DVM – School of Veterinary Medicine, The university of the West Indies - 1998
  • MPhil – School of Veterinary Medicine, The University of the West Indies - 1993
  • PhD – College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University - 2009
  • CUTL – Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of the West Indies - 2021
  • CAPM – Project Management Institute - 2012

Research Interests

  • Zoonotic diseases
  • The use of educational technology in teaching/training in Health.
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Whole Genome Sequencing for Food safety

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Veterinary Medicine and Preventive Medicine, USA
  • Caribbean Academy for Sciences, Trinidad and Tobago
  • International Association for Food Protection, USA
  • Project Management International, USA
  • Trinidad and Tobago Veterinary Association

Courses Taught

  • Veterinary Epidemiology
  • Food Safety
  • Public Health Clinical Rotation
  • Veterinary Public Health/Zoonoses,
  • Research Methodology

Publications and Presentations

Dr. Lisa Benjamin’s Most recent Publications.docx

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