Dr. Mark Jaypee Gonzales, a faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine, presented his research at the 51st Veterinary Practitioners’ Association of the Philippines (VPAP) Annual Scientific Conference and 2023 Annual Philippine-American Academy of Science & Engineering Meeting & Symposium (APAMS) held on June 8-9 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Manila, and was attended by veterinarians from all over the country.

Dr. Gonzales’ research, entitled “Rickettsioses in the Philippines: Molecular Detection of Orientia tsutsugamushi and Rickettsia spp. In Field Rats from Selected Provinces of the Philippines,” delves into the detection and surveillance of these zoonotic pathogens using molecular techniques. The study was in collaboration with the Philippines Los Baños, University of Eastern Philippines, and University of Southern Mindanao and was funded by DOST-NAST.

Earlier in November 2022, Dr. Gonzales, while on study leave, also presented preliminary findings of this research at the Tropical Disease Research Center, Mahidol University, Kanchanaburi Campus, Thailand.

In addition to his poster presentation, Dr. Gonzales also served as a moderator on the second day of the conference, facilitating discussions among the speakers and audience.  On the other hand, APAMS was held online on June 27 – June 30 and was participated by scientists from all over the globe.

As the veterinary profession evolves to address the ever-changing landscape of animal health and welfare, the scientific conferences remain as vital platforms for veterinary professionals to stay updated with the latest research and advancements. | 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘋𝘳. 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘑𝘢𝘺𝘱𝘦𝘦 𝘎𝘰𝘯𝘻𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴

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