For the fourth consecutive year, a graduate of Central Luzon State University – College of Veterinary Science and Medicine (CLSU-CVSM) landed No. 1 in the Veterinarian Licensure Examination. Moreover, five others also made it to the Top 10 grabbing 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th places.
They are among the 50 CLSU examinees who hurdled the examination administered by the Professional Regulation Commission on August 23-25, 2016.
Topnotcher Dr. Princess Charmaine T. Herrera, obtained the highest rating of 85.42% among the 327 passers from various institutions/universities in the country. She graduated magna cum laude on July 1, 2016. A native of San Miguel, Bulacan, Dr. Herrera is the first lady-topnotcher produced by the CLSU-CVSM.
Second placer Dr. Karlo M. Tawatao of Mabini, Pangasinan got a rating of 85.04%, while Dr. Cristo Rey C. Batoy, 3rd placer, from Malasiqui, Pangasinan got a rating of 84.40.
The other top 10 placers and their average score are Dr. Ramon E. Leuterio, 5th, 84.28%; Dr. Ralph Kevin M. Espinosa, 7th, 83.34%; and Dr. Jeffrey L. Cruz, 9th, 83.16%. They hail from Apalit, Pampanga; Dasol, Pangasinan and Ilagan, Isabela, respectively.
“This latest feat of our graduates is truly sweet because it once again proved that history really repeats itself,” Dr. Virginia M. Venturina, CVSM dean, said.
Dr. Tereso A. Abella, CLSU president; upon knowing the good news, congratulated the CVSM for the sterling performance of its graduates.
According to Dean Venturina, this is the second time that the CVSM grabbed six places in the Top 10 including the No. 1 spot. The first was in 2014 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th places).
In 2013, the college produced 2 topnotchers (1st and 2nd), and in 2015 it yielded 5 topnotchers (1st, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 9th).
Moreover, three CVSM grads also placed No. 1 in the 1998, 2000, and 2001 Veterinarian Licensure Exam which brings the total number of graduates from CLSU who grabbed the No. 1 spot to seven (7).
“In all its 32 years of existence, CVSM is happy and proud that it had produced a total of 71 graduates who had their names etched in the list of Top 10 examinees in different examination years,” Dr. Venturina also said.
She also mentioned that the successes scored by CVSM graduates could be attributed to the interfusion of many factors. Among them are the quality of faculty; the strength and relevance of the curriculum; the facilities; holistic knowledge and training the students had been equipped with; the support given by the university administration; and the students, themselves, who gave all their best.
Meanwhile, CLSU registered a passing rate of 68.49% which was higher than the national passing rate of 42.91%.
As its way of giving recognition to its new veterinarians, the CVSM family is holding a testimonial on August 31. President Abella is guest during the program.
The university vice presidents who, earlier, congratulated the CVSM, to wit; Dr. Melissa E. Agulto, VP for Academic Affairs; Dr. Cheryl G. Ramos, Acting VP for Administration; Dr. Edgar A. Orden, VP for Business Affairs; and Dr. Fe L. Porciuncula, VP for Research, Extension and Training, are also expected to grace the program.
“We intended the program to be one happy celebration, and an opportunity for our new vets to share their experiences and memories to serve as inspiration most especially to our would-be veterinarians,” Dean Venturina concluded.