Dr. Garry Swanston
BSc. BVM EMBA MRCVS
Dr. Garry Swanston BSc. BVM EMBA MRCVS was born in St. Eustatius but grew up throughout the Caribbean.
Holding Honors degrees in both Agriculture (UWI) and Veterinary Medicine (UON Kenya), Dr. Swanston went on to complete the
MRCVS fellowship from the RVCS in London and then the EMBA post graduate degree from the UWI.
His work experience spans over 30 years and has taken him from performing as an Agricultural Extension officer in Nevis (1975-1977) through to his current practice as owner-manager-director-practitioner of the St. Maarten Veterinary Clinic (2001-present), and is detailed here:
- 1975-1977 Ministry of Agriculture, Nevis - Extension Officer
- 1981-1983 Ministry of Agriculture, Nevis - Chief Veterinary Officer
- 1983-1997 Ministry of Agriculture, Montserrat - Chief Veterinary Officer, including:
- 2001-present Managing Director and Owner of St. Maarten Veterinary Clinic, St. Maarten Netherlands Antilles.
His practice includes an itinerant veterinary clinic on nearby St. Eustatius. Dr. Swanston is a committed and dedicated individual who is passionate about small and large animal veterinary practice, and has pursued several post-graduate courses that include Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics and General Surgery. At the same time he works closely with various Governments and Animal Welfare Associations; and is the President of the St. Eustatius Animal Welfare Association.
With a very engaging manner Dr. Swanston enjoys teaching and educating both his clients and the general public on pet and animal care. For his own professional continual development he is an active member of the British Small Animal Veterinary association and the Caribbean Veterinary Association, and regularly attends the educational seminars that are organized by these professional bodies.
He is married with three daughters, has 10 canine buddies at home, and enjoys tennis, walking, dinning out and traveling
Dr. brian murray
Dr. Brian Murray, born and raised in Kingston Jamaica, graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2008. He got his introduction to animals early, on this family’s farm where he grow to appreciate farm animals and later in veterinary medicine by volunteering at various clinics.
After graduating he returned home to work as a research officer in the animal production unit of Bodles Research Station. He worked with national breeds the Jamaica Hope and Black. He then returned to Trinidad for 6 years to work in small animal practice as an associate. He joined the SXM Vet Clinic team in 2016 on the beautiful island of St. Maarten.
When not working he spends time caring for his adopted, beloved and always funny even when sleeping English Bulldog Sandy. He enjoys taking her swimming however whether she enjoys it is up for debate. He also loves swimming, scuba diving and working a barbecue grill.
Dr. Sade Swanston
Dr. Sade Swanston graduated from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad in May of 2018 with a degree in Veterinary Medecine.
Some of her favorite childhood memories include watching her father, Dr. Gary Swanston tend to sick animals in his office and nurse them back to health. She knew then that she wanted to do the same one day.
She sees her job as a veterinarian as a noble profession, and had she not become a veterinarian today, she would have likely still be working with animals, just because it is so rewarding.
“When you have an animal come into the clinic sick, and you see them leave a few days later, tail wagging and excited, it is one of the best feelings in the world. Knowing that you achieved something great for those that cannot help themselves, makes the hardships of years of schooling worth it.”
Dr. Swanston was born on the island of Montserrat but has been raised all over the Caribbean. She has lived in Barbados, Bermuda and St. Maarten before moving to the UK for 8 years, where she finished her A-level education, with a Bachelor degree in Bio-Veterinary Sciences as well as a Post-Gradate degree in the Control of Infectious diseases in Animals. She then moved to Trinidad where she finished Vet School.
She has worked as a receptionist and manager at the St. Maarten Veterinary Clinic during breaks on St. Maarten before starting as a veterinarian. According to Dr. Swanston the best thing about working at the St. Maarten Veterinary Clinic is figuring out what is wrong with the patients, with whatever little information they give her, and make them feel better. Her second favorite thing about working at the clinic is the staff. She currently has 8 dogs of different breeds at home, each with his/her own personality.