Dr. Romeo S. Gundran, dean of the College of Veterinary Science and Medicine (CVSM), was hailed as 2011 Outstanding Veterinarian in Education by the Philippine Veteirnary Medical Association (PVMA).
Dr. Gundran received the award during the Fellowship Dinner of the Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA)
and the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association on February 17, 2011, which was part of the program of the 16th FAVA Congress and 78th PVMA Annual Convention and Scientific Conference held from February 16- 18, 2011 in Cebu City.
Dr. Gundran’s long years of dedicated and fruitful service in the academe were marked with significant accomplishments and commendable contribution to veterinary education. Aside from serving as dean of CVSM, he has provided significant contributions in the accomplishment of some special tasks at the national level. He has been providing his technical expertise as an epidemiologist to the Bureau of Animal Industry of the Department of Agriculture. He was a member of the team tasked to do risk assessment both in India and Brazil in September 2003 and April 2008, respectively. He also participated in various national roundtable discussions including that of the Assessment of the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program in 2005 as well as the Workshop on Animal Health Code.
Dr. Gundran was also a member of the Joint Evaluation Mission Team (FAO/ AUSAid/Philippines) which conducted an Evaluation of the FMD Eradication Program in the country in 2005.
Moreover, since 2006, he has been involved in the early training and equipping of selected government veterinarians nationwide through the Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (AVET) Program organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Bureau of Animal Industry. He was the editor and one of the authors of the AVET Training Manual which is now being used to train veterinarians in the local government units to enhance the epidemiological capacity of various provinces towards a more effective control and prevention of priority diseases in the country.
Through AVET, frontline staffs are equipped with skills in handling animal health issues and programs to strengthen animal health planning and implementation.
Last March 28 to April 1, Dr. Gundran again served as the senior lecturer and facilitator of the participants of the 4th National Training Program (AVET 4), which include three veterinarians from the private sector as well as five international participants along with 7 veterinarians from the local government units..
The Outstanding Veterinarian award is given annually in recognition to outstanding veterinarians in the field of teaching education. The PVMA Awards Committee chooses the most outstanding practitioner from nominees nationwide based on classroom performance and management in the institution, involvement in community extension and research, and on the professional development including contributions to the field of education, scholarships and personal qualities of the nominees. - Fely V. Manaois II