Our Professors From Abroad: Dr. Ramirez Perez

Dr Perez on a field trip with SNU students

Hello, in this post we would like to introduce to you Dr. Yankiel Enrique Ramírez Pérez from Cuba, another of our overseas’ Professors. Just arrived a few months ago, Dr Perez quickly became an important figure at SNU, shining with his professional skills as a veterinary doctor, teacher, and surgeon. He brings students on field trips, visiting farms and treating animals – offering important hands-on exercises, also leading our research. He also already published his newest article – this time in Argentinian journal – working on research along with SNU colleagues.

Dr Perez diagnosing a donkey

Here is my short conversation with Dr Perez:

Please tell me, what are your professional titles and specializations?
I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I received Master of surgery and clinical sciences (University of Leon). Spain. 2011, and Master of Veterinary Clinic specializing in small animals (University of Granma). Cuba. 2013. I am also an Assistant Professor.

You already published your research work as a leading member of SNU team. How many other works you have published?
– I published more than 30 articles in science web magazines and also more than 30 scientific articles in referenced journals.

Please tell me what is most important for you as a Veterinary Doctor?
There are many important factors – but what matters most to me is the welfare of the animals.

What were your milestones in your study/career?
Firstly, I graduated as a Veterinary Doctor, then I had second part of my education that is equally important to me. And secondly, I have the privilege and opportunity to continuously teach several generations of young veterinarians.

Dr Perez performing surgery on a lion.

What was the most interesting or difficult – and memorable case you had?
It is a difficult question, there have really been many cases, some difficult, some memorable. But I remember with great satisfaction this case of a lioness. I was called for emergency help by a zoo. It was very far from any available operating room with necessary supplies, and I had to decide – either not to take personal risk and let her die, or to perform ad-hoc cesarean section in the zoo, using whatever I had on hand in quite rough conditions. I decided for the second option and happily both – the lioness and her cub – were saved. I still remember this case vividly, a proof that sometimes a quick decision may be a life saver.

Saved lion cub

How do you like Dominica and SNU?
Dominica is a wonderful country and the people are very friendly. As for SNU, I think they are all one big family. I want to thank everyone, students and workers for the welcome they have given me, especially Dr. Golnaz Naderkhani, for the effort she makes every day to keep this university so vibrant and unique. A very special place to me.

What would you advice as most important to young students and to-be students of veterinary medicine?
Studying Veterinary Medicine and practicing as a veterinarian requires a great level of detailed knowledge, focus, and application of skills. If you want to become a good veterinarian, this must be combined with empathy. I think it is necessary. Having a genuine love for animals is essential. Animals are not always cute and cuddly, so you have to be prepared for some tricky situations, as this work can be sometimes rough. Putting yourself in the skin of an animal, and acting with kindness is paramount. If you can do that, rewards are many.

Thank you very much for your time, and thank you for your decision to come to Dominica and join our SNU faculty.

The pleasure is all mine. Thank you!

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