Dr. Claro N. Mingala, Scientist I of the Philippine Carabao Center, was cited recently as one of the “2014 Most Outstanding Veterinary Practitioners” in the country
The annual search is conducted by the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines (VPAP).
This year, the awardees were honored during the 42nd VPAP Annual Scientific Conference held June 6 in Pasig City. The gathering revolved around the theme: “Veterinary Education – Gearing Towards ASEAN Integration and Global Partnership”.
Organized in 1972, the VPAP is composed of private practitioners who thought of putting up a professional group for veterinary practitioners with different specializations. Since its establishment, the VPAP has been holding annual forums for veterinary practitioners as venue for scientific discussions on issues relevant to the profession.
Mingala was adjudged winner based on his significant contributions in livestock biotechnology endeavors, specializing in veterinary research on infectious diseases-molecular immunology and microbiology. He received a plaque of recognition and cash prize.
He is currently engaged in international research collaborations on “Epidemiological surveys of bovine and porcine infectious disease: A preliminary study” (Kyoritsu Seiyaku Corporation, Japan); “Characterization on non-TB Mycobacterium isolates from water buffaloes and of public health importance” (Research Center for Zoonosis Control, Japan); and “Moleculo-epidemiological evaluation of leptospirosis in water buffaloes and its risk to public health” (Research Center for Zoonosis Control, Japan).
His track record in research and development, as well as his overall contribution to progress in his field of scientific specialization earned for him approval in 2011 to be conferred the rank of Scientist I under the country’s Scientific Career System.
The other winners in the VPAP yearly search were in poultry, swine, academe and companion animal specializations.