The second annual Pilmico Junior Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science Congress (PJVAC) gathered 50 of the country’s top senior veterinary medicine and animal science students for a two-day event that focused on “Creating Innovative Leaders in the Animal Industry”.
“We are very proud to say we are the first in the industry to organize a congress like this, because we believe in honing future leaders like you who will help the animal industry grow and move forward,” explained Tristan Aboitiz, Pilmico COO, as he addressed the delegates last August 4 and 5 at the Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas
Senator Cynthia Villar of the Senate Agriculture Committee was featured guest speaker, sharing perspectives on the country’s current food landscape.
“Food sufficiency is dependent on our humble Filipino farmers. We need to make farming more attractive and competitive, especially for the youth, to ensure sustainability,” she said. Increasing farmers’ income and giving them access to the right technology and education, the Senator believes, are ways toward ensuring food sufficiency for the next generation.
“So much is happening in the Philippines today that we need great leaders to move the country forward. There’s so much to be done. Find something you’re passionate about and don’t let anyone tell you that it can’t be done,” Mr. Aboitiz emphasized. He added that the company seeks the help of creative, bright, and ambitious young minds in achieving its vision of being the ‘Partners for Growth’.
In addition to gaining insights on innovation and leadership straight from Pilmico’s experts, PJVAC was also an opportunity for the future veterinarians to network and participate in team building exercises with congress alumni and Pilmico team members.