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PVMA launches 5-day rabies prevention campaign

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In efforts to eliminate human rabies transmitted by dogs, the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) embarked a five-day dog population management program.

“If you control the dog population, yung population of vaccinated dogs would be maintained therefore we can eliminate or prevent possible rabies cases,” said PVMA president Dr. Joy Santos in The Daily Guardian report.

The PVMA national and Visayas chapters, along with the Department of Agriculture 6, Iloilo City Veterinary Office, and Human Society International conducted fee spaying and neutering of dogs and cats in Barangays Calumpang, Calaparan, San Juan, and Sto. Niño in Molo district from February 4 to 8.

“Spaying is a surgery on animals that mainly removes the ovary and uterus of the female, while neutering or castration is for male dogs and cats,” Santos said.

Meanwhile, a total of 30 veterinary trainees and mentors nationwide also undertook advanced training on high volume spay/neuter to control dog population and eradicate cases of animal rabies in said four barangays.

Volunteers from the different agencies also held lectures on updates on rabies, guidelines on vaccination and pain management, and hands-on training on quick spay and neuter.