The Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office recently trained 191 new and existing paravets Provincial Livestock Breeding Center and Dairy Farm in Brgy. La Granja, La Carlota City.
The two-day training held in five batches last month was to expose the beginners to the services they will offer after graduation and the courses will serve as a refresher to the present paravets, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said.
Day one of the training included an overview of the current PVO programs and projects, paravet ordinance, and a discussion on small animal management, and rabies, he said.
The basic swine management lecture was conducted with Pigrolac resumed in the afternoon session, followed by that on ruminants (cattle and carabao) management.
On day two, participants joined a farm tour followed by poultry management. The paravets were then taught the basic techniques in animal treatment and medication, handling and restraint.
A hands-on application with farm animals and a how-to on filling out the Paravet Accomplishment Report followed, he said.
After the training, the paravets will be given veterinary kits, and will be included in the roster of members of the Paravet Association of Negros Occidental, he said.
Decena said the vet kits are to be used in the treatment and monitoring of released animals, disaster preparedness, animal rescue and artificial insemination, among others. The paravets will also receive a monthly allowance from the PVO and some local government units, and will become beneficiaries of the expansion of livelihood development.
PVO plans to train two more batches this month in order to accommodate and hire more paravets for LGUs, he also said.*KBC
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