“Our Public Health Committee comprises four veterinary students, together with advisors - veterinarians and professors at St. George's. We run two clinics each semester, which are supported by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association and sponsors, including Banfield, Elanco, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Zoetis.
“We run one of these clinics in conjunction with the Medical School. It is a true One Health, One Medicine clinic, during which we work together to provide examinations, vaccinations and education about health and zoonotic diseases like rabies to the local population. The second clinic is our Veterinary Outreach Clinic which involves members of the veterinary school providing free examinations, vaccinations and food for the animals of Grenada.
“We select different locations on the island each semester. We keep track of where we host in order to try to return once the animals would be due for vaccination again. During 2019 alone, we have seen and examined 428 dogs, 42 cats, 104 small ruminants and one cow! Not all of these animals qualify to be vaccinated but, according to our records, we have vaccinated around 400 dogs against rabies, leptospirosis and distemper. For our small island these numbers are high. We will be holding an additional clinic on November 16 in conjunction with the Medical School in a village called Tivoli.
“We are grateful that the Grenadian community has so graciously taken us in and we want to be able to give back to them and their pets in the best way we all know how – free health care, vaccinations and protection from rabies, because rabies does not discriminate.”