The participants were composed of personnel from the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) and 13 from the 11 municipalities of the province who will become barangay animal health workers (BAHW) in their respective communities.
PVET staff Ferdinand Dunuan said this capability building workshop was aimed to enable the participants to identify animal health problems, methods for early detection of livestock diseases, perform basic animal health care practices, aprepare and maintain animal health records and other relevant activities and demonstrate the preparation of ethnovet medicines.
Livestock industry provides a big chunk of income and ensures food security for the people, and in the province it is a major asset for rural households, Dunuan said. The trained BAHWs will serve as volunteer workers for the government to enhance the delivery of basic services in their respective areas, he added.
The participants were given lectures on the proper conduct of animal production, animal husbandry practices, proper care and management of animals, disease detection and surveillance, first aid treatments, vaccinations, deworming and defluking, and vitamin supplementation in order to have an accurate, fast, efficient and effective delivery of services. They also learned about introduction to Ethnoveterinary Medicines and common medicinal plants and their uses.
They also had hands-on activities on the proper restraining of animals, proper administration of injectable and oral vitamins, deworming, castration of swine, dehorning, hoof trimming, history taking collection of fecal samples, storage, handling and transport of samples, heat detection, assistance during parturition, estimating body weight of large and small ruminants and swine and the preparation of ethno veterinary medicines.
The activity was funded under the National Livestock Program of the Department of Agriculture. By Daniel B. Codamon (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)