To ensure Barbados maintains a resilient supply of safe food of animal origin while safeguarding the health and welfare of animals and facilitating trade in animal products.


  • To maintain the good health of the national animal population by preventing the introduction of exotic animal diseases through the enforcement of legislation.
  • To control or eradicate animal diseases limiting livestock production and export potential.
  • To provide rapid, accurate diagnosis of animal diseases; thereby maximising production of wholesome animal protein.
  • To promote the economic development of Barbados by minimising the effects of animal disease to livestock producers, owners of companion animals and exporters of animals, meat and meat products while negating the threat of animal pathogens to human health.

The Veterinary Services Department is responsible for maintaining animal health through surveillance and the control of animal diseases, and by preventing the introduction of exotic diseases. This is done in part by enforcing the laws and regulations governing the importation of animals, animal products and animal by-products. The legal authority for this comes from fifteen (15) Acts of the Government of Barbados and the Regulations made under these Acts.

These regulations allow for rapid response to outbreaks of important animal diseases and ensure that all animals and animal products entering Barbados meet a high level of sanitary standards.

The Veterinary Services Department comprises five sections: 

  • Administration
  • Veterinary Quarantine
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Animal Health and Epidemiology
  • Veterinary Services Laboratory


  • Livestock Industry: beef and dairy, poultry, swine, Barbados Blackbelly sheep, goats, rabbits and importation of breeding stock.
  • Import/export trade sector: food, animals and biologicals.
  • Meat processing plants.
  • Veterinarians.
  • Other government departments: Fisheries Division, Police Department and Ministries with responsibility for health, commerce, foreign trade and the environment.
  • Companion animal owners: diagnostic laboratory services to private veterinarians, facilitating travel/import of new animals.
  • Caged bird owners
  • Zoos and wildlife sanctuaries
  • Horse racing and polo society
  • General public

Opening Hours

Mondays to Fridays 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding public holidays).

Passenger meat and other permits for the general public are issued between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Veterinary Services Department
 The Pine, St. Michael BB11091, Barbados
  (246) 535-0221 or (246) 535-0226

Senior Management
Dr. Mark O. Trotman, DVM., MSc.
Senior Veterinary Officer
 The Pine, St. Michael BB11091, Barbados
  (246) 535-0224

Dr. Kathy-Anne Clarke, DVM., PhD.
Veterinary Pathologist
 The Pine, St. Michael BB11091, Barbados
  Phone: (246) 535-0224

Dr. Vicki Aimey BSc., DVM
Veterinary Epidemiologist
 The Pine, St. Michael BB11091, Barbados
  (246) 535-0222

Dr. Terence Mayers DVM.
Veterinary Officer
 The Pine, St. Michael BB11091, Barbados
  (246) 535-0225

Mr. David Elcock
Agriculture Officer I
 The Pine, St. Michael BB11091, Barbados
  (246) 535-0234

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