LAOAG CITY — Ilocanos in this northern gateway of Luzon takes pride of its provincial veterinarian, Dr. Loida Valenzuela, as she was awarded Most Outstanding Veterinarian in Government Service by the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) recently.
PVMA is a counterpart of the Philippine Medical Association, bringing together registered Filipino veterinarians as accredited by the Professional Regulatory Commission.
To recognize individuals’ efforts to solve issues in the field of veterinary medicine, PVMA acknowledges its exemplar members yearly through its national convention.
Representing the province, Valenzuela was one of the 15 candidates for the said national award.
Grateful for the recognition which is worth more than any thing of monetary value, Valenzuela said Tuesday the award serves as their pride, showing not only her morals and accomplishments, but of all veterinarians in Ilocos Norte.
Over the past three years, her colleagues had been encouraging her to apply for the said award but Valenzuela shared that she had to prove herself worthy by spearheading solutions to one of the most widespread problems in veterinary medicine: rabies.
“Dapat maysa pay a sakit ti mapaksiattayo idtoy probinsiatayo, immunan daydi food and mouth diseases, insarunotayo a zero rabies idtoy probinsia, although saan pay nadeklara a zero-rabies ti Metro Manila babaen ti Department of Health (DOH) ken Bureau of Animal Industry.” (Dapat malutas pa ang isang problema, naresolba na natin ang food and mouth diseases, isinunod natin ang isyu ng rabies, at ngayon zero-rabies na ang ating probinsia, kahit na hindi pa idineklara ng DOH at Bureau of Animal Industry na zero-rabies ang Metro Manila.)
Late last year, Governor Imee Marcos commended the Provincial Veterinary Office “for doubling your efforts in eliminating rabies which involve massive dog vaccination and registration as well as early childhood intervention.”
“We continue to rely on your cooperation, committing ourselves to a province where Ilocanos get the care they need and deserve,” she added.
To sustain the PVO’s efforts in making Ilocos Norte a rabies-free province, Valenzuela encourages all pet owners to vaccinate their pets, and her fellow veterinarians to continuously monitor rabies cases, particularly canine bites. PNA-northboundasia.com