We warmly welcome Dr. Shelley Bridgewater to the CARDI family. Dr. Bridgewater will serve as the CARDI Representative in the Bahamas.
She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of the West Indies, School of Veterinary Medicine as well as a Master of Science in Tropical Animal Science and Production and a Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture.
Prior to joining CARDI, Dr. Bridgewater spent 4 years in the Turks and Caicos. While there, she served as the Director in the Department of Agriculture and before that as the Chief Veterinary Officer. Among her many accomplishments were the development of protocols for farmers’ registration, development of the country’s first biosecurity policy and the development of several communications initiatives. She also provided guidance to the Ministry of Education on the integration of agriculture into the school curriculum and was involved in the post hurricane assessments.
Dr. Bridgewater’s experience and expertise in the field of agriculture, veterinary medicine, animal breeding, nutrition and production and management will be an asset to the development and expansion of CARDI’s small ruminants programme.
Starting her career in Agriculture in 2010, Dr Melissa Williams journeyed through different posts developing her expertise and competence in the field. Dr. Williams has held several positions at the Division of Agriculture, Tobago House of Assembly (THA). Up until December 2021, she served as Advisor to the Secretary for Agriculture. Her experience and proficiency in conducting research and developing and implementing livestock projects and programs augurs well for the institute.
Dr. Williams pursued and completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Livestock Science, from the Faculty of Science and Agriculture UWI St Augustine, in 2020. Dr. Williams has done extensive research, publications and conference presentations in Livestock, Wildlife Management and Agriculture.
Agriculture remains a priority area of focus in Tobago and Dr. Williams will help ensure the institute satisfies the vision and needs of the Division and other stakeholders on the island.
The management and staff warmly welcomes Dr. Williams to the CARDI family.