Well known Saint Lucia veterinarian, Doctor Keith Scotland, has died.
Friends say he had been ill and appeared to be on the mend, but succumbed Wednesday.
Scotland is said to have been in his seventies.
His long-time colleague, Doctor Michael Montrose, told St Lucia Times that he received the shocking news Wednesday.
Montrose recalled that he and Scotland studied at the Ivy League Ontario Veterinary College of the University of Guelph from 1971 to 1979, returning to Saint Lucia in that same year.
He told St Lucia Times that they both had been awarded Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scholarships.
According to Montrose, Scotland served as Saint Lucia’s Chief Veterinary Officer from 1979 to 1989 when he left to go into private practice.
Scotland established the Veterinary Hospital in Castries.
Montrose recalled that the deceased was an extremely nice, kind individual.
“He was very eager to teach and very humble,” he observed, adding that Scotland gave his clients value for their money.
“He was very analytical and cared for the animals that were brought to him,” Monrose told St Lucia Times.
Monrose described Scotland’s death as a great loss to Saint Lucia.
Scotland was a former President of the Rotary Club.
His long time friend, Chartered Management Consultant, Dr. Malcolm Charles, recalled that he and Scotland at times walked home together from St Mary’s College where they both attended as boys.
Charles told St Lucia Times that from the tender age of about eleven, his friend showed an intense interest in animals.