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Two swine courses designed for veterinarians and swine raisers were simultaneously conducted on August 29-30, 2006 at Southwestern University (SWU), Cebu City by the International Training Center for Pig Husbandry (ITCPH) with the cooperation of Merial Philippines, Inc. The activity is part of the continuing professional education (CPE) program of SWU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

Participants to the “Swine Herd Health and Management” are the selected swine raisers and veterinary students while the farm veterinarians attended the more technical lectures on “Practical Approaches in Swine Sero-Epidemiology: A Tool in Disease Control.” Speakers were Dr. Henry Too - Regional Swine Specialist, Merial Asia Pte Ltd., Dr. Ruth Miclat-Sonaco – Chief, Agricultural Resource Management Section, ITCPH-Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Dr. Editha Cabilitazan - ITCPH-ATI, and Dr. Tomas Acorda – Merial Philippines Senior Technical & Marketing Manager.

A special wet laboratory that was conducted for the veterinary practitioners provided increased appreciation of Hog Cholera or Classical Swine Fever (CSF).  Dr. Too competently demonstrated recognition of pathologic signs of the disease during the necropsy of the swine infected with CSF virus. Dr. Reinelda C. dela Pena of the Bureau of Animal Industry was available to monitor the conduct of the Hog Cholera wet laboratory. SWU-CVM Dean, Dr. Daniel C. Ventura, Jr. spearheaded the program and the physical arrangements. Meanwhile, Merial Philippines, Inc. General Manager, Dr. Dan Rodriguez was present to welcome the participants and provide support to the activity. Further, the success of the activity is also attributed to the support of swine farm owners who allowed participation of their staff from outside Cebu province such as Iloilo, Bacolod, and Cagayan de Oro.




Dr. Henry Too, the “swine guru” in one of his lectures


Dr. Edith Cabilitazan, one of the lecturers from the ITCPH shares her experiences in swine breeding.

Infarcts in the spleen on one of the pigs that had clinical signs of CSF


Dr. Tom Acorda, Senior Technical & Marketing Manager overseeing the pre-test evaluation among the participants.

Dr. Ruth Sonaco of ITCPH in one of her lectures on Basic Immunology


Dr. Daniel Ventura, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Southwestern University delivering his welcome speech among participants.

Participants in the swine course on sero-epidemiology

L-R Seated: Dr. Cecille Mondia (participant), Dr. Daniel Ventura (Dean SWU), Dr. Ruth M. Sonaco (ITCPH lecturer), Dr. Henry Too (Merial Asia), Dr. Tom Acorda (MPI), Dr. Rainelda dela Peňa (BAI), Dr. Mariel Calungsud (Area Manager, MPI)

Other participants include Technical Sales Representatives of MPI. Standing at the back wearing checkered uniforms are (L-R) Dr. Marlo Causin (MPI TSR, Central Visayas), Mr. Ed Asentista (MPI TSR, General Santos), Dr. Rey Convocar (MPI TSR, Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao), Mr. Elmer Piczon (MPI TSR, Davao)