FOR the first time ever, after three successful events, the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of Southwestern University (SWU) PHINMA held its annual Pet Power Revolution online through the university’s Facebook page on Feb. 25, 2021.
The annual event which started in 2018 and was usually held in malls, aims to gather pets and pet owners, educate pet owners through lectures, advocate animal welfare, highlight the other side of the veterinary profession and promote the protection of small pets and animals.
SWU PHINMA as the only private veterinary school in the Visayas and Mindanao, also wants to offer free veterinary services, and provide an avenue for students who aspire to become veterinarians and meet inspiring people in the field.
The virtual event hosted by its student Jiggs Alesna began with opening remarks given by SWU PHINMA-CVM’s dean, Dr. Ryan Yandug, who encouraged students to pursue veterinary medicine.
SWU PHINMA alumnus and 2014 Veterinarian Licensure Exam 5th placer Dr. Leo Roberto Bebita was the first to speak during the virtual event and talked about his life as a veterinarian for the topic “The Vet’s Life,” to inspire students.
The talk was followed by another discussion on “Animal Care and Welfare in Times of Covid-19” by another alumnus who was the 2019 Veterinarian Licensure Exam 7th topnotcher and also a licensed physician, Remaur Herrera, DVM, MD.
Its third guest speaker was Happy Trails Animal Welfare Organization founder Hazel Aguisanda, who talked about “Animal Rescue 101.”
The audience was given an opportunity to ask questions through the livestream’s comment box. There were also games in between discussions. Free veterinary services from the university’s partners and cash prizes were given away.
Like its previous events, dogs who are up for adoption were also virtually introduced. The Pet Power Revolution ended with an open forum and more games. SPONSORED CONTENT