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 CVM is grateful to Althea Clarabelle M. Lazaro, incoming New Freshman Student, for preparing this message (scheduled to be delivered during the cancelled "Convocation for New Veterinary Medicine Students" on the 4th of August 2017). Thanks again, Althea. We welcome you and your batchmates to the CVM Family...

 

 
 
 
CVM is thankful to Cris Niño Bon B. Marasigan, incoming Fourth Year Vet Proper Student, for preparing this message (scheduled to be delivered during the cancelled "Convocation for New Veterinary Medicine Students" on the 4th of August 2017). Thanks again, Cris Niño Bon. CVM is proud of you and your batchmates...

 

A GLIMPSE OF THE VETERINARY WORLD

(writer and photo credits: Ms. Junelle L. Paller)
 

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) actively participated in both the Bring Your Kids to Work and Job Shadow programs of Christian School International  (CSI). The “Bring Your Kid to Work” Program intends to help the Grade Four pupils realize the value of education through discovering its link to the world of work. On the other hand, the Job Shadow Experience aims to allow the Grade Ten students to explore a specific career of interest by observing its employees and working environment.

On October, four (4) Grade Six pupils and the following month, four (4) Grade Ten students of CSI visited the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) Los Baños Station in Maahas. Dr. Marco F. Reyes, Faculty-in-Charge of the Small Animal Section of VTH Los Baños, gave a lecture on Responsible Pet Ownership. A guided tour of the facility followed. During the tour, other activities like the petting of a horse and observing the resident veterinarian draw a blood sample from a sheep were also done. However, the Grade Six students were given an opportunity to hold and pet two kids (baby goats). After the tour, our guests conducted an interview with Dr. Reyes on his experiences both as a veterinarian and as a Faculty member. Other fields that CVM graduates are involved in were also mentioned by Dr. Reyes.

Indeed, the College eagerly joins in programs that encourage future students to discover for themselves the joys and hardships of being a veterinarian.  With these programs, CVM continues to do its part in educating and equipping students not just with the technical skills needed for their chosen career but also possess hearts for service.

 

 THE PERFECT PITCH

(writer: Ms. Junelle L. Paller; photo credits: Dr. DJ Darwin R. Bandoy          

 Dr. DJ Darwin R. Bandoy, College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Assistant Professor of Veterinary Pathology, recently placed First in the Final Pitch Session of the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Programme (under the Newton Fund) of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom (UK).


The Academy and the in-country partner organization selected fifteen (15) innovators from partner countries who were brought to the UK to undergo a residential course of training and mentoring in entrepreneurship and commercialization. Participants were chosen based on “the excellence of their research, the potential of their innovation, the social and economic benefits of their innovation, and their potential as entrepreneurs (LIF Welcome Pack, 2017)”. The first week of training included getting familiar with Business Modelling and Customer Development along with a visit to a UK Catapult. Presentation and communications sessions led by the Royal Academy of Dance and Arts as well as a peer to peer learning day further equipped the participants. The following week, the Royal Academy of Engineering hosted a classroom style learning intensive training program in entrepreneurship and innovation leadership. This two-week preparation enabled each fellow to create and develop their business plan and pitch decks, while being guided and coached. The culminating activity was a competitive pitch session to a panel of expert judges including senior Academy Fellows. 


Dr. Bandoy attended the Singapore Stanford Biodesign Program. This enabled him to formulate a novel antibiotic and antiquorum
sensing drug combinations which made drug resistant bacterial species like E. coli and Staph. aureus susceptible to antibiotics. The said discovery is currently being patented and subject to the UP System Invention Disclosure Award.
He stated that this work is trailblazing not just because it is the first patent to be filed from CVM but also it is a breakthrough drug mechanism which can solve
significant problems in antibiotic resistance.

Truly, CVM is proud of its alumnus and Faculty member. Dr. Bandoy is a model of what can be born of perseverance, hard work and vision. Indeed, he can serve as an inspiration to CVM graduates who aspire to do their part in making the world a better and safer place to live in not just for our beloved animals but for the people as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOOT PARADE

 

 

CVM DESSERT PARTY

 

 DOST Awarded Building Marker to Animal Surgical Laboratory (ASL)

13 May 2016 -  Ms. Merlita Opeña, representing DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, presented the marker to UP President Alfredo Pascual. Also in attendance are CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla, Dr. Ernelea Cao of PCARI, AVP for Development Cristopher Espina, CVM Dean Eduardo Torres, and National Scientist and Professor Emeritus Dr. Teodulo Topacio.

Congratulations to the ASL Team: Dr. Loinda Baldrias (Program Leader), Dr. Rio John Ducusin, Dr. Jovy Abalos, Dr. Ariel Bombio, Dr. Veronica Matawaran and Dr. Joseph Masangkay (Project Leaders).

 

 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.