The Central Luzon State University College of Veterinary Science and Medicine (CVSM) was tapped by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as the sole veterinary institution to deliver the Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (AVET) Program.
With this responsibility entrusted to CLSU, Dr. Romeo C. Gundran, CVSM dean,
said FAO, undoubtedly, recognized the university’s active involvement in the process of developing, implementing and management of the AVET program since 2006.
From among the veterinary epidemiologists in the country who gathered in 2006 for conceptualizing the training modules, it was Dr. Gundran who served as editor and one of the authors of the training manual for the program. The training manual was published and has been used to train veterinarians in the local government units to enhance their epidemiological capacity specifically in disease surveillance and disease investigation, control and response.
Dr. Esmeraldo Cabana, former dean of CVSM and currently the chair of the department of Pathobiology, on the other hand, created the layout and design of the training manual in its initial release.
CLSU has also been involved in the selection of the trainees and delivery of the entire course, as part of the core teaching team, which includes government and FAO staff. Dr. Gundran has been serving as lecturer and facilitator of all AVET programs.
“The AVET program and its approach to teaching equip frontline staff in handling animal health issues and programs. This will strengthen the capacity of veterinarians towards a more effective control and prevention of priority diseases in the country. It can also forge close partnerships between the public and private sectors, thus strengthening animal health planning and implementation,” Dr. Gundran related.
The 4th AVET training course Module 2, which was about Outbreak Investigation and Management, was held on March 28 to April 1, 2011 at Joya Lofts and Towers, Makati City. Seven veterinarians from the local government units, three veterinarians from the private sector and five international participants (Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Lao and Cambodia) participated in the training. The Module 1 was conducted in October 2010 also in Makati City. The two remaining modules for AVET 4 will be conducted in separate venues and dates this year with Dr. Gundran as the lead trainer and two other CLSU faculty members as facilitators, namely Dr. Fely Manaois II and Dr. Fredelon Sison.
The AVET programs conducted in 2006, 2008 and 2009 produced 44 graduates, 33 or whom were local unit veterinarians and 12 from the central veterinary services and other project staff.
– Fely V. Manaois