The TTVA held two General Meetings for the year. The first was held on March 22, 2018 at Amphitheatre B, EWMSC, Mt. Hope. Here we presented Sagicor's Group Health Plan. This year we held exciting discussions with them to do a Group Health Plan for TTVA members. Thus far it has been successful, but due to paper work and the upcoming election of a new executive we have postponed starting it.


The second General Meeting was held on July 5, 2018 in Amphitheatre A, EWMSC, Mt. Hope. Here we had an update on the Sagicor's Group Health Plan. We also had a presentation by Dr. Pow-Brown on her work with local ticks and tick-borne diseases. Finally we had a very interesting talk by Professor Garcia about Neo-tropical animals (the concept, the lack of knowledge, present work being done and future work to be done). 


World Veterinary Day, in April, was held in the carousel park in MovieTowne. We had booths from Purina, Sagicor and the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation. We also hired a clown to do face painting and balloon animals to attract the children.


History was made in the development of One Health in Jamaica on November 4, 2018 when the Caribbean College of Family Physicians Jamaica Chapter and the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association held a joint 1-day conference in observance of One Health Day 2018. It marked the first time in Jamaica that human and veterinary medical organizations came together to explore some of the linkages and parallels between human and animal health as part of the all-encompassing One Health arena.

International One Health Day is celebrated every year on November 3, having been initiated in 2016. Its goal is to build the cultural will necessary for a sea change in how planetary health challenges are assessed and addressed. It puts the spotlight on the need for One Health interactions and allows the world to see them in action. Related events are not necessarily held on the day itself.

While One Health has been long advocated and supported by the veterinary profession, it is still a relatively new concept to many human health professionals. The CCFP has embraced One Health and is committed to contributing to its growth in Jamaica and the region.

This conference explored wellness, zoonotic diseases, the management of dog bites and screwworm myiasis, along with the One Health issue of the keeping of dogs, their behaviour and population control.

Topics included:

  • An overview of One Health history (Dr. Paul Cadogan, veterinarian)

  • Wellness for Heath Professionals (Dr. Aldyth Buckland, physician and CCFP-Ja President)

  • Rabies in the Caribbean (Dr. Janine Seetahal, veterinarian, via internet from Trinidad)

  • Rabies surveillance and Jamaican bats (Dr. Susan Koenig, wildlife ecologist)

  • Influenza across the Species (Prof. Chris Oura, veterinary virologist, via internet from Trinidad)

  • Leptospirosis, a One Health Approach (Dr. Rayon Gregory, veterinarian)

  • The Management of Dog Bites in Humans (Dr. Guyan Arscott, plastic surgeon)

  • Screwworm infestations in animals and humans (Dr. Paul Cadogan)

  • Dogs: Dangerous Breeds or Responsible Ownership (Dr. Matthew Brown, veterinarian)

The conference was held at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston under the kind sponsorship of Hazpro  Medical Waste Management, Cari-Med/Purina, World Brands/Pedigree, and Hi-Pro Farm Supplies with exhibits mounted by the Veterinary Services Division and the Ministry of Health.

The conference room was filled to capacity with over 100 physicians, veterinarians, allied health professionals, paraprofessionals and students. Robust discussions followed each presentation and both associations are keen to repeat and build on the success in 2019.

10 Reasons to Attend the 2017 CbVMA Conference in Kingston, JAMAICA

Attending the conference IS a win-win situation for you. If you are still in doubt, here are 10 reasons why attending the 2017 CbVMA Conference in 2017 will not be a loss:

1. Life is shorter than you think. If once a year you can’t afford to spend 3 or 4 days away from the daily grind of your job, then death, when it comes, will be a relief!

2. Continuing Education. In Jamaica, and soon in other Caribbean countries in order to get an “annual practicing license” you will be required to have a certain number of approved continuing education credit hours each year. Almost all the other medical professions already require this. Apart from that, continuous learning is what makes us the professionals that we should be. Over 20 hrs. RACE approved CE credits can be obtained at the CbVMA conference.

3. Internationally recognized speakers. We’re bringing them here. Our speakers include over ½ a dozen professors and plenty of Board-certified veterinary educators in the various disciplines.

4. Meet your clients. We won’t be just veterinarians at the conference. The sessions have been constructed in such a way so we can invite “focus groups” to attend. We are expecting for relevant sessions, technicians, farmers, trainers and breeders, extension officers, veterinary practice managers, fish folks, people working with marine mammals, etc. Don’t let them update you on what’s new!

5. Keynote address. Dr Mitsie Vargas, clinician, publicist and certified TCVM is giving the keynote address. She is an excellent speaker who knows a lot about ‘Moving Veterinary Medicine Back to Basics and Beyond’. Not to be missed!

6. Something for you. We are covering all the major fields in veterinary medicine. Small animal, equine, production medicine, poultry, public health, practice management, aquatic animal medicine, animal welfare, One Health and introducing apiculture. As a matter of fact, never before in Jamaica has such a spectrum of veterinary talent been assembled for a veterinary gathering.

7 .Exhibition Area. Companies like Merck, Idexx, Abaxis, Purina, Jamaica Broilers, Caribbean Broilers, T. Geddes Grant, Rainforest, Fidelity and many more will be there showing their wares. Get special conference deals on your supplies. Get to know your suppliers.

8. Value for money. Nothing is cheap today, but this 2017 CbVMA represents excellent value for money. From veterinary topics to management wellbeing and finance talks.

9. Hugs. Whoops of joy at seeing friends, classmates from previous years, from college. II’s sweet bliss to be together again. Hugs. Smiles. Friends.

10. Socializing. Yes, there's time for that! Positioned on the ‘Hip Strip’ in Kingston there will be events and places to go and on Thursday (Serengeti @ the Zoo). Food and first class entertainment!

So don’t waste any more time.

Go to for more information and the registration form, or call our Conference Coordinator on 1(876)446-0697.

Don’t miss this event!

2017 CbVMA Conference Adapted from the 2010 Graham Brown Memoirs (A Very Tired Conference Chairman)