In March 2019, the University of the Philippines College of Veterinary Medicine (UPCVM) and the Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Science University (VFU), Brno, jointly organized and conducted the Conservation Medicine Symposium in UP Los Baňos. Through this endeavor, it was realized that there is indeed a need to train veterinarians, ecologists, conservation workers, and students in the field of conservation medicine.
Through the Czech Development Grant, the e-learning and telemedicine ready microscopes arrived in July 2020. These will be housed at Conservation Medicine Laboratory located at the CVM Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The said lab will therefore serve as an initial training ground for students, local veterinarians, and other stakeholders. Engagements will focus on conservation medicine thru the implementation of projects that will help promote environmental, animal, and human health through holistic approaches in resource management. It will also help shed light on the dynamics of disease spread from wildlife to domestic animals, to humans and vice versa, focusing on important pathogens such as the Newcastle Disease Virus, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, Toxoplasma – pathogens that are important in both animal and human health.