|History of PVMA Inc., USA
|The PVMA-USA was organized
in 1993 to provide sustained
assistance to Veterinary
schools in the Philippines.
Our vision is focused on
associations of Philippine
trained veterinarians into one,
united PVMA in America.
|Philippine Veterinary Medical Association Inc., USA
| PHILIPPINE VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION INC., USA
Brief History by E. Lara Reduque
In July 1992, Dr. Mauro Manuel, the newly appointed Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine,
University of the Philippines, traveled to the United States to solicit financial support from the alumni.
During his stopover in Maryland, he met with a group of alumni at the residence of Dr. Arsenio Peralta
in Silver Spring. Dr. Manuel described the needs of the college and articulated his visions. The group
pledged their support to Dr. Manuel.
The following month, the alumni met at the residence of Dr. Gloria Genuino in Silver Spring and
initiated a fund raising campaign. Money was raised and sent to Dr. Manuel. In the same meeting,
the group decided to formally organize Philippine veterinary graduates in the Eastern United States to
provide a sustained assistance to all Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, not just the University of the
Philippines. Special assignments were given to those present. Dr. Reduque to draft the constitution
and by-laws, and Drs. Santiago and Lizardo to coordinate the activities until the association was
In March 1993, at the Sheraton Hotel in Pleasantville, New Jersey, the association was formally
organized under the name of Philippine Veterinary Medical Association, USA, East Coast with thirty
three charter members. Dr. Perfecto R. Santiago was elected president. In April 1994, the association
was incorporated and the name was changed to Philippine Veterinary Medical Association, Inc., USA.
Many more meetings were held and the organization now has the support of most Philippine
Veterinarians in the United States. Pledge campaigns were set and met. The pledge campaign was the
brainchild of Dr Te Rellosa.
Aside from money, books and equipment were sent to various colleges in the Philippines. In
September 1997, under the incoming president, Dr. Delfin Tumibay, the Scholarship Grant was
formally signed and awarded. The recipient of the Scholarship Grant graduated fourth of the top ten
graduates for the year 2000.
In the fall meeting of September 1998, the ladies auxiliary group was created and the constitution was
subsequently amended to effect this change. On July 18, 1999, officers for the new millennium were
elected with Dr. Adelaida Malihan as President. Mrs. Mel Reduque of the Ladies Auxiliary group, as
the Managing Editor, formatted the PVMA Gazette through the sponsorship of the Butler and Merial
Pharmaceutical Company. Through PVMA, two new computers now in use in the library of CVM
UPLB were donated by the Garcia Family (Virginia and Pamela), in memory of our departed colleague,
Dr. Marolo Garcia. Again, through PVMA Inc., USA, Dr Ed Celo sponsored and funded the printing of
the UPCVM College Admission and educational brochures.
On September 16, 2001, Dr. Johnny M. Reduque was elected President. The scholarship program was
discontinued, and the Professorial Chair in Veterinary Medicine Endowment Fund was established. To
perpetuate the fund, only the interest will be utilized to finance the program. The MOU was signed by
PVMA Inc., USA President Dr. Johnny M. Reduque and Chancellor Wilfredo David at UPLB, and a
check of $12,000 (P600,000.00) was handed to the Chancellor on January 4, 2002.
Story previously published in the PVMA-USA Gazette in 2003
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