Marc Driscoll

President

Dr. Driscoll graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM), the University of the West Indies in 2009. In 2017 he completed a Masters of Science in Livestock Health & Production from the University of London. Dr. Driscoll is currently working as an Assistant Lecturer in Food Animal Medicine in SVM where he continues to make a positive impact on the future veterinarians at the University of the West Indies. He is committed to the TTVA and the veterinary profession as a whole, and plans to strengthen collaborations within the local veterinary community, to continue to elevate our standards of practice, and to educate our students and junior veterinarians to excel where our predecessors may have left off.

Leah Pouchet

Secretary

Dr. Pouchet graduated from The University of The West Indies in 2009. She has since pursued various interests in alternative veterinary medicine. These include massage therapy, low level laser therapy, aromatherapy, reiki and traditional chinese veterinary medicine. Under the “hat” of traditional chinese veterinary medicine she practices tui-na, food therapy, chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. She is a registered member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She is also one of the directors at Healing With Horses in Tobago.
She presently provides a house call service in Trinidad with 2 colleagues and is always furthering her knowledge to better serve her patients.

Shirelle Sammy

Public Relations Officer

Dr Shirelle Sammy graduated from The University of the West Indies (UWI), School of Veterinary Medicine in Trinidad in 2014. Immediately upon graduating she undertook a three-month internship at St Maarten Veterinary Clinic located in St. Maarten where she gained a wealth of experience in small animal medicine and surgery. She returned home in 2015 and continued her passion in small animals at a clinic located in Arima. Dr Sammy completed her Masters in Business Administration in 2018 and currently serves on the Trinidad and Tobago Veterinary Association Executive Committee as Public Relations Officer and is Chair of the Publication and Education Committee. She is very passionate about animal welfare and assists various rescue groups in neutering campaigns across Trinidad and Tobago and hopes to make a positive impact in the Veterinary community.

Renee Lezama-Driscoll

Treasurer

Dr. Renee Lezama-Driscoll graduated from UWI in 2009. She worked at a practice in El Socorro for six years as a clinician, tending to medical & surgical cases & housecalls. With some close friends, she started a housecall practice, Sapphire Vets, in 2015 where she sees clients daily. In July 2018, she took over the management of Piarco Veterinary Clinic.
While she enjoys veterinary work, she also believes in living a well-rounded life. Educating herself about many different facets in the world is important, as shown by her completion of many culinary classes, permaculture design course, reiki certification & agriculture courses and participating in cryptocurrency & financial education courses.
Dr. Lezama-Driscoll  served as the PRO of the TTVA from 2013-2014 and has been an active member of the Finance & Fundraising Subcommittee. She has chosen to perform Treasurer duties for 2019-2020, & hopes to increase awareness about balancing vet work with life.

Stacey Ragoobar

President-Elect

A graduate of the class 2006 Dr. Ragoobar began managing a clinic straight out of Veterinary school. There she successfully grew that practice for 9 years. She opened her own clinic in January 2016 named Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic – the name reflecting her personality.
She has a passion for helping stray animals and has a particular soft spot for pitbulls. Her clinic is a flourishing mixed practice with 80% being small animal medicine and surgery. She enjoys teaching younger vets and is always ready to lend a hand and give advice.
She is the president elect of TTVA and currently is the chair for the Discipline and Ethics Sub-committee.

Johanna Coutou

Ordinary Member

Dr. Johanna Coutou graduated in 2014. Her specialty is in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. She currently works at the Veterinary Hospital, North Central Regional Health Authority

Nicole Straker

Ordinary Member

Dr Malouah Nicole Straker, a former graduate and employee of The University of the West Indies, School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM), 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 more accessible in Tobago. She became the Chairman of the TTSPCA Tobago in 2017 immensely improving the welfare of animals, and giving the TTSPCA Tobago a facelift improving public relations, social media and advertising for the organisation. She is now the Senior Veterinary Clinician at the TTSPCA. Dr Straker serves on the Trinidad and Tobago Veterinary Association Executive Committee and is Chair of the Law Review subcommittee. Her passion is Surgery and she hopes to further her education and skill in that field.

Nicholas Mackenzie

Immediate Past President

Dr. Mackenzie graduated from St. George’s University, with the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and holds a Bachelor of Science from Barry University. He completed his clinical Training at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His key interests are small animal orthopedics, dermatology, and internal medicine. He has a strong passion for exotic animal species and is active in animal welfare and wildlife protection. Dr Mackenzie is the owner and lead veterinarian at Pet Life Veterinary Hospital, with locations in south and north Trinidad. He is the father of twin girls, and in his spare time enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and football. He sits on the Veterinary Surgeon’s board, and is the immediate past president of the TTVA.

Terms of reference

Not limited to:

  1. The Executive Committee of the Association shall manage the affairs of the Association, which shall be referred to hereafter as the “Executive Committee.”
  2. The Executive Committee shall be free to act and govern itself as it thinks fit, subject always to the overriding power and authority, which is vested in a General Meeting of the Association.
  3. For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby expressly declared, that in exercising its functions and responsibilities, the Executive Committee shall have power to:
    • Appoint sub-committees and councils and to co-opt any members of the Association thereto, and to delegate its powers as it may deem appropriate. Unless specifically mandated otherwise, sub-committees and councils shall be advisory only.
    • Engage such professional or other employees, workers or agents on behalf of the Association as may be necessary, and upon such terms and remuneration as it deems fit. The Executive Committee may also lawfully terminate any such engagement at its discretion.
    • Formulate and adopt its own rules and regulations pertaining to all matters relating to the management of the Association and the conduct of its affairs not expressly provided for in these rules.
      • Such rules and regulations shall come into effect at such time as may be notified to the members of the Association, provided that the Executive Committee may in its discretion, waive any rule or regulation as it may deem fit.
    • Enter contract for the purposes of the Association on behalf of all members of the Association.
    • Do all such things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of aims and objectives of the Association, including, but not limited to:
      • Initiating and coordinating policies and procedures to ensure that efficient management and continued development of the Association in all its aspects
      • Fund-raising
      • Disseminating information and distribution of educational materials
      • Safeguarding the interests of the members of the Association
      • Liaising and or entering into arrangements with any person or organisation on behalf of the members
      • Advising and assisting members on ethical problems and with respect to matters that arise in practice or other veterinary matters
  4. All members of the Association shall be required to uphold and obey Association rules regulations and by-laws as the Executive Committee may make in the exercise of its powers herein under

Indemnity and Honorarium

  1. The members of the Executive Committee shall be
    • Indemnified by the members of the Association
    • Entitled to an indemnity out of the assets of the Association for all expenses and other liabilities properly incurred by them in the management of the affairs of the Association
    • An honorarium of not more than 1% or the net profits in a fiscal year that shall be equally divided and paid to the members of the Executive Committee for their service to the Association
    • Regular members by a simple majority shall approve the honorarium to be distributed
    • The honorarium is to be paid no more than thirty (30) days following an Annual General Meeting

The Executive Committee may from time to time confer other functions and responsibilities on any sub-committee