Three CVM Students Awarded as Recipients of 2016 Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program
For the year 2016, three (3) CVM students namely, Ros Jezreel Dumaraos, Maria Patricia Gungon, and Anna Angelica Manalo, are recipients of the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. The announcement was made public on March 17 through the Merck website. Merck Animal Health, together with its partner, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), annually grants $5,000 scholarships to 34 exemplary second and third year Veterinary students from different parts of the world who are pursuing careers in either large animal or companion animal medicine.
Both Merck and AVMF recognize the value of investing in the education of future veterinarians. They believe that the educational foundation of these students will greatly impact and in turn, benefit not just the animals that are placed in their care but also the people they will encounter in the course of their careers. Therefore, in providing an avenue to help offset the financial burdens that go with veterinary education, they are doing their share in ensuring the bright future of veterinary medicine.
(From left to right: Ros Jezreel Dumaraos, Maria Patricia Gungon and Anna Angelica Manalo)
New Veterinary Parasitology Faculty Awarded as “Namumukod Tanging Mamamayan”
The newest Veterinary Parasitology faculty member of the UPCVM Department of Veterinary Paraclinical Sciences (DVPS), Dr. Remil Galay, was awarded as “Namumukod Tanging Mamamayan”. The recognition was given on March 15, 2016 during the Mayor’s Night in his hometown in Sta. Cruz, Laguna as part of the town’s annual celebration of the Kesong Puti Festival. Incumbent Mayor Domingo Panganiban honored citizens of Santa Cruz who are PRC board examination passers, college graduates with Latin honors, and/or those with high academic distinction.
Dr. Galay was recognized for obtaining his Doctor of Philosophy degree and for topping the board examination. He graduated cum laude from UPCVM in 2007 and on the same year, he placed 5th in the Veterinarian Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). He finished his PhD in Veterinary Science, with Dean’s Highest Achievement Award, from the United Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences at the Yamaguchi University in Japan. Dr. Galay joined DVPS on February of this year.
Zamora Endowment for Professorial Chair in Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is blessed to have very supportive alumni. A concrete example is Cesario Zamora and his wife, Marynella. They recognize the importance of professors in Veterinary Medicine in the manpower development, training, and research programs of UPLB, and the need for added incentive to inspire them in their work. It is their desire to support UPLB, specifically CVM, in their endeavors to develop more capable and outstanding professors.
They have generously given the sum of Ph₱ 1,000,000 to establish and maintain an endowment for a Professorial Chair in Veterinary Medicine. The Zamora Endowment for Professorial Chair in Veterinary Medicine shall be open to all professors in the UPLB whose field of endeavor is in Veterinary Medicine. The endowment shall be used exclusively to finance and support the Zamora Professorial Chair. The money generated from this endowment shall be used to promote excellence in teaching and to supplement the annual salary of a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Indeed the College is exceedingly grateful for this gift. Together with our dear alumni, CVM will continue its mission of providing the best education for our students and hence, these future veterinarians will be assets in the various fields they have chosen.
UPLB CVM Spearheads Disease Profiling Project under the PL480 Title I Program(written by Nastassja Francesca Bianca Dc. Arejola)
The PL480 project entitled “Profiling of Economically Important Diseases of Swine and Cattle in the Philippines for Enhanced Disease Management, Surveillance and Control” is geared towards uplifting the livestock [swine and cattle] sector of Philippines. The Php167M project has a three-year duration with funding from the proceeds of the USDA’s Food for Peace program.
The main proponent is the College of Veterinary Medicine - University of the Philippines Los Baños (CVM-UPLB) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA). The project also intends to create linkages with other state universities and colleges (SUCs) particularly, Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), Visayas State University (VSU) and Central Mindanao University (CMU).
The advisory group for the project is led by the DA Undersecretary for Livestock Jose C. Reaño and other constituents including the Philippine Council for Agricultural and Fisheries (PCAF). The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), and National Dairy Authority (NDA) will provide logistical support for the project particulary with the field sampling phase.
Included in the project plans is the renovation of six laboratories in the various departments of CVM. In addition, the Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) located in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Maahas, Los Baños, Laguna will be upgraded to an enhanced BSL-2 laboratory in order to meet the biosafety requirements of the various diseases under the project.
The project aims to enhance the diagnostic capabilities and other veterinary services of the CVM-UPLB to better serve the needs of the animal production industry. Furthermore, the project intends to sustain regional competency and produce an internationally certified veterinary diagnostic laboratory.