Highlighting A Positive Response from Veterinarian Students in Bionova's First Ultrasound Training

“It’s not every day that as a student, you’d get to have hands-on experience in large animal ultrasound. It really helps not only with studies but also when looking for your career path in the veterinary field.” – Nate Ramos

February 3 to 4, 2020 — Bionova Livestock Group headed to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan to conduct its very first two-day ultrasound training to local vets, veterinary students from De La Salle Araneta University, as well as livestock farmers, farm staff, and local government officials representing the community in the City Veterinary Office of San Jose Del Monte.

There was a positive response to Bionova’s first ultrasound training in San Jose Del Monte which brought forth a sense of learning and forged a new path towards accepting innovation in cattle care solutions. It was led by Bionova’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and reproduction specialist, Alfonso Serrano. The two-day-event successfully imparted practical knowledge on using new reproductive biotech and simultaneously taught how to distinguish pregnancies and abnormalities using ultrasonography altogether.

Day 1: Lecture and Demonstration

This initial part of the event set off on the 3rd of February focusing on teaching the basic principles of ultrasonography, while also breaking down the anatomical features that the machine will help users see on a clearer scale. Mr. Serrano proceeded to show live demonstrations of how to use the portable ultrasound machine and properly training people on how to conduct ultrasonography on cattle themselves. Serrano showed the practical application of the ultrasound machine and specimens of the female cattle reproductive tract. The demo presented to be a viable method in practicing the proper movements and positioning of the probe to get a better visual target structure on the machine.

Day 2: Practical Application

On 4th February, the second day of the training was kickstarted with a goal to practically apply the learnings from the lecture on day one of the training seminar. This phase of the training was hosted at Dr. Arvin Agapito’s farm, the resident veterinarian at San Jose Del Monte, where Mr. Alfonso Serrano demonstrated the step-by-step process of performing an ultrasound assessment. He guided the participants upon ultrasound checking, ensuring precision and detail when conducting an assessment. 

Investing in Change

Making a shift in the way people do things can be a tedious task and in the long run, many don’t see a collective result that usually checks all boxes. When it comes to attaining consistency and achieving positive outcomes, the Philippine cattle industry with the help of Bionova can be a prime contender in finding better ways to be efficient players in the livestock industry as a whole. 

With many people in the field still leaning towards traditional ways of raising cattle, making way for new possibilities and making use of new technologies are key in making a positive footprint in the agriculture sector of the Philippines. Adopting ultrasonography to farms is a stepping stone in changing the plight of ranch owners when it comes to inefficient and unproductive results.

Paving a New Path for Aspiring Vets

Ultrasonography can play an elemental role in shaping a better future for these ranch owners, cattle raisers, and even aspiring veterinarians. The training sessions gave young veterinary professionals and aspiring animal care practitioners a chance to think outside the box and welcome new ways that make old systems not only work better but also work smarter. 

One of the attendees, Mr. Nate Ramos, a veterinary student from De La Salle Araneta University praised Bionova’s effort in providing an interactive experience for a student like himself, “It was very interactive, we got to ask questions about the ultrasound and the parts we just see in books and videos, we saw realtime during the session”, Ramos said. 

It’s not just the students who found themselves entertained and interested, one of the lead vets himself, Dr. Arvin B. Banaag adds, “We learn so much, from anatomy, obstetrics, and gynecology and how to operate a sophisticated machine. This is must-have training for veterinarians, technicians, and even students so that they can gain additional knowledge for their practice.”

Bionova did not only impart new ways to boost farm productivity and foster modern approaches in animal health management but in its core hoped to have shifted the perspective of young and aspiring veterinarians and animal health practitioners starting off their journey in cattle care rooted in either profession or passion for good.

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