The pastors trained as para-veterinarians of the Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office are already acting as veterinarians to help the livestock and poultry management, animal health, and extension services of the province, Catheryn Narez, PVO poultry coordinator, said yesterday.
More than 60 pastors from different cities and municipalities were trained in November 2010 to assist the local government units to properly raise animals for crossbreeding, fattening, and dispersal, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena said.
The paravets are helpful in animal inspection, vaccination, and in providing basic management skills to the beneficiaries because local government units have limited veterinarians that can do regular check-ups and monitoring, Decena said.
Narez also said that paravets are currently monitoring the dispersed animals within their group sectors and some of them conducted swine and goat genetic improvement.
They are also ready to conduct semen collection and artificial insemination, Narez added.
Meanwhile, Narez confirmed that the P1,000 stipend for November and December for all the paravets are already being processed in the provincial accounting department.*LTG