By RD San Jose

The PSAU-CVM officially launched its extension program for the first semester of AY 2019-2020 through a veterinary mission held on August 14, 2019 at the PSAU-CVM Teaching Clinic where dog and cat owners availed free veterinary services such as neutering, anti-rabies vaccination, deworming and vitamin administration for their pets.

Days before the event, CVM faculty and students planned the physical set-up, prepared medical supplies and equipment, grouped and designated tasks to the student clinicians, and conducted a dry run of the procedural flow to ensure the smooth and efficient transition of the different components of the activity.

The CVM was overwhelmed by the positive response of pet owners who lined up for registration as early as 7:00 in the morning of August 14. Many pet owners came all the way from neighboring municipalities and cities (Apalit, Arayat, City of San Fernando, Angeles City, Mabalacat City) and from different baranggays in Magalang. As proof of the resounding success of the event, 76 dogs and cats were neutered, 78 were given anti-rabies vaccination, and 54 were dewormed and given vitamins.

The activity was part of the CHED-DARETO funded anti-rabies project implemented in collaboration with the Angeles University Foundation, the Magalang Municipal Agriculture Office and the PSAU-CVM; it supports the pet population control provision of the Anti-rabies Act (RA 9482) through spaying and castration of dogs and cats. (RDSanJose)