Resume Face-to-face Classes for Veterinary Medicine

Resume Face-to-face Classes for Veterinary Medicine

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Louise Palanca started this petition to Students and

We, the unified DVM students of De La Salle Araneta University, are disappointed with the Commission on Higher Education's decision not to include our degree program as a significant and essential part of this battle against COVID-19. We denounce this decision, and we take it as disrespect and neglect to our profession and the kind of service that we provide to society. 

Since time immemorial, veterinarians played a vital role in biosecurity, animal health care, food safety, environmental safety, wildlife preservation, biodiversity protection, animal sanctuary preservation, research, pharmacological innovations, public health, military, zoos, animal shelters, rehabilitation centers, and a lot more. This blunt disregard for our importance that Veterinary Medicine was not included in the degree programs that can proceed with limited face-to-face classes is discouraging and frustrating. 

In public health, who can forget the threat that we have faced on poultry production that veterinarians and allied industry stakeholders have fixed before getting it worse. In mid-2020, an Avian Influenza Outbreak occurred in different provinces; over 38,000 chickens have been culled. 

As a result, a spike in the market price of chickens happened. However, because of veterinarians, together with other industry stakeholders, it was contained. As of January 2021, the Department of Agriculture declared the country as Avian Flu A(H5N1)-FREE, which was in the middle of the pandemic. 

There is an alarming increase in the number of confirmed parvoviral enteritis cases and hospitalizations in small animal practice. These parvovirus outbreaks pose a serious threat to our canine pets and skipping routine vaccinations could also put human health at risk through the possibility of rabies exposure. Thus, increasing animal healthcare providers need to be given attention. 

With this, we DEMAND that CHED must include the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine as part of the degree programs that shall be allowed to facilitate limited face-to-face classes. We deserve field, hands-on, and actual instructions and teachings to be effective in our chosen career. We all risk ourselves throughout this pandemic, and we understand that we will be more at risk if we get into this position. However, this is the path that we chose, and this is what we are trained for. 

If this country wants a holistic healthcare improvement, we must recognize that it is not only humankind who needs to be taken care of. It is not only human who breathes the same air we breathe. It is not only humans who have the right to proper and adequate medical attention. As future veterinarians, it is our duty to provide that care to those living creatures who cannot speak for themselves, and this is what TO HEAL AS ONE should be. 

Veterinary medicine is just as important. WE are doctors, too.

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