Division XIII (Veterinary Medicine) of NRCP is the newest division of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). The move to create this division was initiated in 2008 by Dr. Teodulo M. Topacio, member-at-large of the NRCP and was approved by the NRCP Governing Board in its meeting on February 27, 2009 with no objection from Division VI (Agriculture and Forestry) where veterinary medicine was previously included, in a letter dated January 27, 2009 to President Dr. Jaime Montoya by Division VI Chair Dr. Nathaniel C. Bantayan.
Division XIII was created because it has its own distinct identity in the world of science and it straddles two major disciplines (agriculture and public health) in addition to its own discipline of animal health. The division endeavors to encourage its member veterinarians to conduct researches and outreach activities on the animal health management, control and eradication of animal diseases, particularly those of environmental and public health importance, and effects of climate change on animal health and other related fields.
Initially, Division XIII has 19 regular members and 16 associate members. Its membership, now numbering 45, consists of veterinarians from the academe and a research institution.
Commitment to promote and support basic and problem-oriented researches, particularly those which are multidisciplinary, in veterinary medicine, and to identify and provide solutions to national issues and problems, and to generate new knowledge in preparation for the future.
A collegial body of highly trained scientists and researchers, cohesively addressing the growing demand for knowledge, skills and innovations; sharing expertise with all sectors of the society; and effectively contributing to the country’s development and to improvement of the quality of life of the Filipino people.
To enlist in its roster more scientists with greater capability to: (a) conduct excellent problem-oriented basic research in agriculture and forestry; (b) participate in local and international collaborative research; (c) provide scientific advice on problems on national concern; (d) address the need of the precise and highly productive agriculture and forestry sectors without degrading the environment.
- To provide opportunities for members to meet and exchange research information, ideas and experiences in veterinary medicine
- To define and discuss problems and issues that related to problems in animal productivity and encourage researches on these
- To give recognition to individuals that have worked and contributed to veterinary research
- To assist any member towards the attainment of the NRCP’s objectives
- Evaluation and monitoring of proposals of NRCP and DOST
- Participate in policy formulation
Winged staff and serpent symbolize the ancient art of healing; V stands for veterinarius, the latin term for beast of burden or animals and in grey representing the concern and color of veterinary medicine, respectively; blue signifies the color of NRCP and yellow the color of science.
Dr. Mildred A. Padilla - Acting Chairperson
Dr. Rio John T. Ducusin - Secretary
Dr. Carmencita D. Mateo - P.R.O.