PCC-PSAS lecture series, animal medical mission address parasite control in livestock

Animal scientists, researchers, and experts from the Philippine Carabao Center and Philippine Society of Animal Science recently convened at the PCC headquarters to proactively respond to increasing risks on parasite infestation among different livestock species. The PCC-PSAS lecture series activity was held at the PCC headquarters and animal outreach program at Brgy. Licaong, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija last March 29.

Dr. Virginia Venturina, dean of Central Luzon State University (CLSU)-College of Veterinary Science and Medicine and Dr. Elizabeth Molina, professor of College of Veterinary Science and Medicine and director for extension of the University of Southern Mindanao were tapped as resource persons.

Dr. Venturina delivered a lecture on the topic: “Sustainable Control of Gastrointestinal Worm Infection in Goats Towards Increased Productivity.” Dr. Molina, on the other hand, discussed the preventive measures and treatment on fasciolosis, which is one of the leading causes of the decreasing number of carabaos and other ruminants.

The lectures were followed by an animal medical mission at Brgy. Licaong Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. PCC veterinarians and CLSU-Veterinary Medicine students performed deworming in various ruminants such as carabaos, cows, goats and even dogs.

University of the Philippines – Los Baños Professor Emeritus Dr. Salcedo Eduardo was hailed as this year’s honoree, a recognition given by PSAS to an individual who pulled off an outstanding contribution in the field of science and technology.

Dr. Salcedo’s researches on livestock parasites, particularly on helminthology paved his way to becoming an academician in the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

According to the evaluation of NAST, the works of Eduardo significantly contributed in the undertaking of sound control measures in the conservation, and management of livestock animals consequently ensuring public health.

PSAS President Dr. Eric Palacpac, who is also the PCC-R4D national coordinator, said Dr. Salcedo’s meritorious accomplishments make well-deserving of the honor. He also assured the participants that the PCC-PSAS lecture series will continue to be an avenue to elevate the knowledge and skills of researchers and students in the animal science discipline.

PCC researchers, center directors and staff; PSAS members and veterinary medicine students of CLSU attended the program which featured invited speakers.