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Veterinary Public Health

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.

Services Provided

  • Inspection
    • abattoirs
    • poultry processing plants
    • further processing (hams, sausages, etc.)
    • seafood processors in Tobago


  • Surveillance
    Epidemiological investigations, surveillance and control of zoonotic diseases.
    • Yellow Fever
    • Bovine tuberculosis
    • Paralytic rabies
    • Equine encephalomyelitis
    • Leptospirosis
    • Psittacosis
    • Brucellosis

  • Training
    Continuing training of staff, food plant personnel and Veterinary Medicine students of UWI:
    • Technical through COSTTATT program
    • Managerial
    • Provision of practical course work


  • Advisory
    • Drug Advisory Committee
    • Drug residue testing

Target Group
Meat processors, Exporters of Meat Products and the public

Strategic Goals

  • 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

5th Floor Sacred Heart Building
16-18 Sackville Street,
Port of Spain
Phone: (868) 285-9126; (868) 623-9347


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