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UWI’s Future Veterinarians Take Oath

For Release Upon Receipt - June 7, 2016

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. June 7, 2016 – 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.  




About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


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