THE City Veterinarian's Office is encouraging pet owners to avail of its free anti-rabies immunization during scheduled visits to selected barangays in Davao City this month of April.

City Veterinarian Cerelyn Pinili, during the I-Speak media forum held last week, said they target a 70-percent immunization coverage for the total pet population per barangay.

Based on the schedule obtained by Sun.Star Davao, the CVO has already been to Barangay Biao Eskwela last April 3, Barangay Matina Pangi last April 4, and Barangay Sasa, last April 5 and 6.

There will be another schedule on April 10 in Barangay Talandang, April 11-12 in Barangay Sasa, April 12 to 13 in Barangay Matina Crossing, April 13 - Barangay Tigatto, April 17 - Barangay Bunawan, April 18 - Barangay Sasa and Barangay Bago Gallera, April 19 - Barangay Catalunan Grande's schedule for castration, and on the same day another vaccination schedule is also for Barangay Sasa and Barangay Bago Gallera.

On April 20, the team will visit Barangay Callawa and Barangay Bago Gallera. It will visit Barangay Catalunan Grande on April 23.

The remaining schedule for this month includes Barangay New Valencia and Catalunan Grande on April 24, Barangay Catalunan Grande on April 25, Barangay Malagos on April 26 and Barangay Cataulunan Grande on April 27.

Vaccination is only a part of the Veterinary Integrated Barangay Extension Services (Vibes) of the CVO.

Part of the program under Vibes includes artificial insemination, deworming, vitamin supplementation and treatment.

Pinili added that in 2016, they recorded a 150,000 dog population and they have immunized more than 100,000 dogs in the whole year of 2017.

This year, from January to March alone they have already vaccinated 32,545 dogs.