On 24th November, 2019 farmers and pet owners brought their animals to special veterinary clinics set up in Coubarrie at Belmont Estate and Sauteurs by GrenVet Island Veterinary Services (GIVS), a nonprofit organization. A grand total of 117 dogs, cats, sheep, and goats were successfully treated at the clinics by a team of veterinary professionals.
In addition to offering charitable veterinary services, GrenVet has set up a Youth Technology Improvement Program providing young Grenadians the opportunity to access computers. On 26th November, 2019, a forth computer lab was installed at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic School in Gouyave by Grenvet.
Dr. Heather Douglas, a graduate and adjunct professor at St. George’s University founded GrenVet “ as a way to give back to the place that helped me achieve my dream of becoming a veterinarian.” While veterinary medicine is her primary passion, Dr. Douglas has a special interest in supporting students and together with her father Stephen, a computer programmer, they combined their areas of interest to bring updated technology to many schools in Grenada. “Seeing the student’s faces when they see their new computers is the most rewarding aspect of this project,” Stephen remarked.
For the past nine years, GrenVet has provided spay, neuter, and wellness clinics for farmers and pet owners in need in Grenada. To date, over nine hundred dogs, cats, sheep, goats, cows and pigs have been examined, vaccinated, and treated for diseases ranging from simple skin infections and tick-borne illnesses to an emergency tail amputation.
GrenVet has provided technological advancements to schools in Grenada through the installation of computer labs since 2016. This initiative grew from a pilot program that aimed to remove barriers that students were facing in schools with outdated computers. With the success of the initial installation at St. David’s Secondary school, GrenVet permanently added a technology assistance program to their scope of charitable services. Ultimately, GrenVet hopes to continue cultivating relationships with humans and animals alike for the betterment of all species.
Dr Douglas stated “Humans and animals alike need care and compassion; GrenVet aims to continue to invest in the future of Grenada through our animal care and technology advancement initiatives for years to come,”
GrenVet would like to thank their volunteers and everyone who assisted in both projects.