4 NEW VET REGISTRATIONS: First Cuban-trained Veterinarian registered to practice in Jamaica
Dr. Ralston Bent (right) receives his Licensing Certificate from Dr. Clover Mattocks, Chairperson of the Continuing Education & Examinations Committee of the Jamaica Veterinary Board.
December 9, 2018
The December 2018 General Meeting of the JVMA saw the making of veterinary history in Jamaica with the delivery of a Licensing Certificate to Dr. Ralston Bent, a 2011 graduate of the Central University of Las Villas in Cuba. Dr. Bent is the first Cuban-trained veterinarian to be registered to practice in Jamaica.
Cuban-trained vets have not been accepted for registration in Jamaica without undergoing further training approved by the Jamaica Veterinary Board. Dr. Bent attended the enrichment programme at Tuskegee University in the United States earlier this year. JVB Chairman, Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett noted that he hoped to see other Cuba grads brought into the fold.
In his response, Dr. Bent noted that it had been a long, difficult road and he thanked the veterinary community for the support and encouragement he had received as he prepared for the National Examination for the Registration of Veterinarians (NERV).
Another historic registration from the November sitting of the NERV came in the form of marine mammal specialistDr. Eva Alvarez-Figuerasof Spain. She is the first non-Caribbean national to sit the exammination and will be working with Dolphin Cove.
Two 2018 UWI SVM graduates were also registered: Drs. Gabrielle Beckford and Michka McCalla-Francis, joining four others who sat the NERV in July and registered in August of this year - Drs. Tracy-Ann Buchanan, Roxann Hayles, Simone Johnally and Andre' Smythe.
The General Meeting was held at the Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston under the kind sponsorship of the Pet Food Institute, based in Washington D.C. in the United States, which provided our international guest speaker, Dr. Leslie Hancock-Monroe who presented on Obesity in pets. The presentation was excellent, well-received and generated interesting discussion. Dr. Hancock-Monroe was accompanied by PFI's Director of Business Mr. Daniel Nat-Davies who underlined his organization's commitment to the promotion of good nutrition for pets in partnership with the veterinary community.
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Newly registered veterinarians pose with the JVB: L-R JVB Members Drs. Michael Motta & Clover Mattocks, new registrants Drs. Mickha McCalla-Francis, Ralson Bent & Gabrielle Beckford, JVB Registrar Dr. Sophia Ramlal & JVB Chairman Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett. Missing: JVB Member Dr. Nigel Elliott, new registrant Dr. Eva Alvarez-Figueras.
Arthroscopic Surgery on Horses at Caymanas Park
April 2018 - Caymanas Park
Seven horses suffering from joint conditions benefitted from arthroscopic surgery in which the joint is entered using a fiberoptic cable with a camera and tiny instruments. This allows removal of bone chips and damaged cartilage without having to open up the joint, and enables a speedy recovery and return to function after surgery. Two other horses had surgery for laryngeal hemiplegia - a condition in which one side of the larynx (vocal chords) becomes paralysed resulting in "roaring".
The operations were performed by Dr. Jonathan White, head of Equine Surgery at the University of the West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Augustine, Trinidad, who visited Jamaica specially for the purpose. He was assisted by recent UWI-SVM graduate Dr. Andrew Garvey along with a team of technicians and other personnel. Dr. Graham Brown of Animalcare Veterinary Services spearheaded the arrangements including the importation of gas anaesthesia equipment for horses, the provision of the endoscopic equipment and more.
The surgeries were performed in a large air-conditioned tent, with all the necessary sterile procedures being followed as there is no physical surgical or even hospital facility for horses at Caymanas or anywhere else in Jamaica. It is hoped that the success of these surgeries will help provide the impetus for such infrastructure to be put in place. The veterinary community is hoping....
Dr. Jonathan White and Dr. Andrew Garvey perform arthroscopic surgery on the carpal (knee) joint of a horse. The arthroscope is inserted into the joint via a small incision and the procedure is observed on a computer/television screen (right).
A Veterinary Technician monitors the horse's vital signs. The gas anaesthetic machine in on the right.