City Vet intensifies programs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:02

Since the beginning of the Climaco administration last year, the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet) headed by Dr. Mario Arriola has been working studiously in keeping with their mandate to promote the health and wellbeing of animals through the conduct of various veterinary-related activities as well as the safety of consumers of animal products.

From June 30, 2013 to June 24, the office has inspected a total of 2,445 business establishments dealing with livestock and poultry production, egg, meat and milk as well as veterinary and animal feed outlets as a requisite for the issuance of Mayor’s or Business Permit.

The OCVet also spearheaded various undertakings that promote animal welfare and responsible pet ownership,  namely: World Rabies Day (September 28, 2013) and Animal Welfare Week with Pets Blessing (October 02.  2013).

Last March, the office collaborated with the City Rabies Control and Eradication Coordinating Council to celebrate Rabies Awareness Month and launch the search for the “Most Pet-Friendly Barangay 2014”. In addition, the office has operationalized the “Oplan Alis Rabis Program” (Anti-Rabies Vaccination) in 70 barangays, vaccinating 18,393 dogs and cats against rabies as well as encouraged the creation of the Barangay Rabies Committee (BARC) and Barangay Animal Catchers.

Under the department’s Population Control Program, a total of 99 canines and felines were spayed and neutered, and 3,296 dogs were also impounded with the participation of the Barangay Animal Catchers.

OCVet also actively participates in the various Dia de Alcalde, a service-oriented caravan dedicated towards bringing frontline government services in the community. In the 34 Dia de Alcalde activities already held, OCVet administered veterinary medicines to 21,946 animals for various ailments.

Because of their impressive performance, OCVet was among the 10 slaughterhouses in the country to receive a grant in the form of a pneumatic stunner from the Australian Government through the National Meat Inspection Service. — Claudine Uniana