"Most Outstanding Provincial Veterinarian" is Ilocos Norte'sMar 06, 2017
Ilocos Norte's Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Loida Valenzuela was awarded Most Outstanding Veterinarian in Government Service by the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) national convention last February 22 in Baguio City.
PVMA is a counterpart of the Philippine Medical Association, bringing together registered Filipino veterinarians as accredited by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).
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 fifteen prospects for the said award coming from different regions.
She said that the award serves as their pride, showing not only her morals and accomplishments, but of all veterinarians in Ilocos Norte.
She also expressed her gratitude to the PVMA, saying that the award is worth more than any thing of monetary value.
Her colleagues had been encouraging her to apply for the said award for the past three years already, 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 R. Marcos commended the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) "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.
Humble yet proud of the Provincial Veterinary Office's efforts for a rabies-free province, Valenzuela encourages pet owners to vaccinate their pets, and her fellow veterinarians to continuously monitor rabies cases, particularly canine bites.
PVET's initiatives for rabies-free province manifest a fulfillment of Governor Imee Marcos' vision for Ilocos Norte as a more livable, sustainable, and resilient home province.