Functions of the Veterinary Public Health Unit
The aim of the Veterinary Public Health Unit is to protect and advance human health through the application of veterinary knowledge and skills.
- poultry processing plants
- further processing (hams, sausages, etc.)
- seafood processors in Tobago
Epidemiological investigations, surveillance and control of zoonotic diseases.
- Yellow Fever
- Bovine tuberculosis
- Paralytic rabies
- Equine encephalomyelitis
Continuing training of staff, food plant personnel and Veterinary Medicine students of UWI:
- Technical through COSTTATT program
- Provision of practical course work
- Drug Advisory Committee
- Drug residue testing
Meat processors, Exporters of Meat Products and the public
- Development of a national policy pertaining to the production of foods of animal (including poultry and seafood) origin.
- Administration of a comprehensive meat, poultry, and seafood inspection program, the components being:
- Enactment of legislation regulating all aspects of the slaughter and processing of animals intended for human consumption.
- Inspection ante mortem, post mortem, and at further processing of all establishments handling foods of animal origin.
- Assurance that foods of animal origin offered for public consumption are free of drug residues.
- Continuing education programs for all butchers, abattoir personnel, and employees of all food (animal) processing establishments.
- Maintenance of a national zoonosis surveillance and control programmed, with particular reference to zoonoses currently endemic in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Deployment of a fully operational Veterinary Public Health Information System (VPHIS), to facilitate efficacy in data management and analyses; and to foster inter-sectoral collaboration and forward linkages.
- Continuing education of staff in Veterinary Public Health and management principles.
How can services of the Veterinary Public Unit be obtained?
A request in writing must be made to the Division. It is a legal requirement under the Food and Drug Act
Level 2, City Drugs Building,
#42 Independence Square,
Port of Spain.