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The TTSPCA Clinic -- Evolving
Rapidly, Embracing Change
For more than one year, the TTSPCA Tobago has con-
tributed articles to Tobago Today educating readers on
matters pertaining to public health, animal welfare and
select diseases of animals. For this week's article, the
focus will be on the clinic, introducing the veterinarians
and highlighting the services we perform.
Dr Paul Crooks, is a full-time employee of the Division of
Food Production and Fisheries. He started volunteering his
veterinary services part time at the TTSCPA Clinic in 2009
and continues to do so today, also becoming Chairman of
The TTSPCA Tobago Branch in 2013. His philanthropy is
indescribable. In his time, he advanced the clinic into one
that is fully functional, equipped with laboratory services,
ultrasound and surgery room, he built a shop that retails pet
and vet supplies and even donated his vehicle to the shelter
so ambulatory services could be offered. He is well-known
across the island as a mixed animal practitioner. He is keen
on One Health and he hopes to pursue Human Medicine to
get closer to the goal of collaborating the two fields.
Dr Malouah Nicole Straker, a former employee of The UWI,
School of Veterinary Medicine in Trinidad, went on after her
veterinary degree to complete a Masters in Clinical Animal
Behaviour at the University of Lincoln, England. Following
this, she came to Tobago in 2015 to work at the TTSPCA Clinic
as the first full-time veterinarian, expanding the clinic hours
and offering house visits, making veterinary services a little
more accessible in Tobago. She is now the Senior Veterinary
Clinician, responsible for the management of the clinic and
also tasks herself with applying her behavioural services to
the shelter animals. With her, she also brought her expertise
in anaesthetics advancing the clinic to one that incorporates
use of gas anaesthesia. Her passion is Surgery and she hopes
to further her education and skill in that field.
Dr Todd Marcus Johan Denoon, a recent graduate of the
School of Veterinary Medicine in Trinidad, joined his alumni
in 2016 to expand the staff at the TTSPCA Clinic. He is a
full-time Veterinary Clinician. Prior to completing his DVM
with distinction, he also, at The UWI, completed a double
major in Environmental and Natural Resource Management
and Chemistry. He has a knack for social media and aids in
giving The TTSPCA Tobago a stronger presence on Facebook,
publicizing the organisation and informing the public that
the TTSPCA does in fact exist. He surely isn't camera shy and
does a great job of public relations on news programs also.
Though he loves working with domestic animals, he has his
eyes set on wildlife and hopes to pursue further education
in Wildlife Medicine.
Danielle John-Jack is currently completing her final year
at The UWI and should be joining the clinic when she grad-
uates in June 2017. She has been volunteering at the clinic for
several years and often helps with our annual free spay neuter
projects. Altogether, the young experts at the clinic keep the
practice modern and generate innovation in the field. The
clinic hopes to introduce a 12hr opening schedule come June.
The TTSPCA Clinic offers consultations, surgery, laboratory
and ultrasound services, hospitalisation, ambulance, eutha-
nasia and carcass disposal, after hour housecalls/emergency
visits and there is an on-site shop and dispensary. The clinic
is also the only one in Tobago offering gas anaesthesia, the
highest in anaesthetic safety and quick recovery. Soon we
intend to also offer Dentistry.
For additional information and to schedule an appointment,
please call the Trinidad and Tobago Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (TTSPCA) -- Tobago, and chat with any
of our three veterinary staff members -- Dr Paul Crooks, Dr
Nicole Straker and Dr Todd M.J. Denoon at 639-2567 or 688-
8281 for emergencies. Consultations begin at $100.
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