The Davao City Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (DCADDL) of the City Veterinarian’s Office continues to conduct different laboratory tests on pets and livestock animals to ensure public health safety. With an emphasis on animal health and encouraging farmer recipients to adopt improved animal husbandry practices and health care management.

The DCADDL received a total of seventy (70) tissue brain samples, fifty-one (51) are canine brain and nineteen (19) feline brain samples for rabies diagnostic examination. 58   brain samples came from the different districts of Davao City, five (5) brain samples from Davao del Norte, five (5) samples from Davao del Sur, one sample from Davao de Oro, and a sample in Cotabato.

Laboratory personnel also conducted animal fecal examinations on large and small ruminants from the different districts of Davao City.   A total of six hundred eighty-six  (686) fecal samples from livestock animals were submitted and analyzed for internal worms. DCADDL personnel served two hundred eighty (280) clients/farmers.

The surveillance and monitoring for African Swine Fever (ASF) continue in Paquibato, Toril, Baguio, Calinan, Talomo, Tugbok, and Buhangin Districts. Samples of blood,  tissue, and meat by-products were collected in Bankerohan Public Market and Ma-a Slaughterhouse and submitted for RT-PCR tests. Three hundred thirty-nine samples (339) (broken down as 69 blood samples,  a tissue sample, 258 environmental swabs, and 11 meat by-products) were collected to undergo testing.  Samples collected were sent to the Department of Agriculture-Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory RFU XI and University of the Philippines Genome Center for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing.

Blood samples gathered from different species of livestock animals: bovine, bubaline, caprine, and poultry,  were likewise sent to the Department of Agriculture-Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory RFU XI  for examination and proper disease identification and monitoring of animal diseases in Davao City.

Eighteen (18) Complete Blood Counts (CBC) from dogs and cats were collected and performed.

Conducted Information Education Campaign (IEC) to commit to the responsibility of providing for the animal’s welfare need for the life of the pet and rabies disease (RA 9482) done via zoom to clients that submitted brain samples for rabies examination.  In all, Thirty-eight (38) IEC sessions were handled and with one-thousand eighty-one (1,081) IEC materials distributed to the clients for the year. *ß+y