The Dog Owner’s Club (DOC) of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of Visayas State University (VSU) consistently maintained its place in the spotlight as the Interest Group of the Year for the school year 2018-2019. The said award was announced during the 1st Virtual Leadership Summit and Awarding of the 2019 Outstanding Student Organization and Leaders last October 31, 2020, by the Dean of Students, Prof. Manolo B. Loreto, Jr.
As a student-oriented organization, DOC aims to promote professionalism and camaraderie among its members, and serve as an avenue for the exchange of ideas, learnings and experiences towards responsible pet ownership. Ultimately, he organization’s advocacy is rooted on responsible pet ownership in support of the technical and extension activities of CVM-VSU.
Among the highlights of the activities spearheaded by DOC include the 1) Rabies Awareness Seminar for its members and other interested students within the university, 2) Wildlife Quiz Show during the Veterinary Medicine Week of 2019 which was participated by Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students in support to the Student Supreme Council (SSC) of VSU, 3) the Annual Anti-Rabies Vaccination and Castration in partnership wth the College, the City Agricultural Office of Baybay and SSC at VSU, and 4) the Annual Dog Show of CVM during the VSU 95th Anniversary celebraiton.
The organization was headed by its former President, Mr. Kirk Michael Caniga who recently graduated from the DVM degree program. He was emotional when he heard the announcement and thankful to the officers and the members for their full support of the different activities during his term. Also, he was grateful to the CVM for allowing the organization to partner with the College’s extension activities, and greatly appreciated the support of CVM faculty and staff members.
One thing that made DOC remarkable is its constant connection with the alumni members. Thus, for this year’s recognition, the organization has decided to dedicate its award to alll CVM alumni. The new set of officers are excited and challenged to continue the legacy of the previous officers and alumni members. This year, the organization is headed by Ms. Mary Rose Falloria and Dr. Melvin A. Bagot as their adviser. The new set of officers are enthusiastic about continuing the advocacy despite the challenging times. Similar activities have been organized, and with renewed energy, the organizaton has started organizing activities to reach out to its members and continue its advocacy on responsible pet ownership.