City Veterinary Department
- 6th Flr. Quezon City Hall Civic Center Building A, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City
- 8988-4242 loc. 8036
- [email protected]
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
CREATION OF THE CITY VETERINARY DEPARTMENT
Veterinary services is indispensable and form part of the basic services for the protection of our community by regulating the keeping of animals, sale management, sanitation of abattoirs, meat inspection, slaughter and disposition of animals and the suppression of dangerous zoonotic diseases.
Quezon City is a premier city with a very large area and population. It is estimated to have more than 300,000 dogs and many backyard pig raisers keeping large number of pigs. It has the highest number of rabies cases in the NCR brought by dogs and new emerging animal diseases brought by livestock which pose threat to humans through zoonotic infection.
The mass vaccination activities and the promotion of pet responsible ownership are the services extended for the protection of the community.
One important aspect of effective rabies control is the elimination of stray dogs, the main transmitter of the disease. They have to be impounded and properly eliminated following the Animal Welfare provisions.
Quezon City is the center of business and economic activities. It has three slaughterhouses for large animals, 14 lechon houses, two goat establishments, 60 chicken dressing facilities and 8 public and 68 private markets.
Meat inspection is very critical in markets as it is the major destination of “Bocha or Double Dead Meat”. Fish and Animal products such as milk and eggs are also part of inspection.
The Veterinary Services is the frontline of all these activities.
Formerly, a mere division of the Quezon City Health department, headed by a Veterinarian V, with manpower of nine (9) meat inspectors and twenty (20) contractual employees to man the city pound section. The creation of a department was necessary to beef up manpower, increase revenue significantly, better fiscal management and strengthen the meat inspection system.
In 2015, Ordinance No.SP-2413 S-2015 was passed creating the City Veterinary department, separate and distinct from the QC Health department with the following legal bases:
1. Executive Order No. 137 – Devolution of Certain Powers and Functions of the National Meat Inspection Commission to the Local Govt Units pursuant to RA 7160, otherwise known as Local Govt Code of 1991
2. Republic Act 7160 Local Govt Code of 1991
3. Republic Act 9482 Anti Rabies Act – Appoint a Veterinarian and Establish a Veterinary Office in Every Province, City and First Class Municipality
4. Republic Act 9296 Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines – The City Veterinarian shall Head the City meat inspection Services and Shall Exercise Direct supervision over Meat Inspection of Highly Urbanized Cities
5. Republic Act 9495 Animal Welfare Act
6. Republic Act 9482 Declaring March as Rabies Awareness
7. Memorandum Circular No. 19 S-1992 Civil Service Commission – The following appointive local positions shall be mandatory : City Veterinarian
8. Ordinance No. SP-2505, S-2016 otherwise known as “Quezon City Veterinary Code”
TO ENHANCE, SUPPORT AND PROMOTE ANIMAL HEALTH, ANIMAL WELFARE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND FOOD SECURITY
A HEALTHY POPULATION OF HUMANS AND ANIMALS THROUGH THE PROVISION OF QUALITY VETERINARY SERVICES IN QUEZON CITY
- Certify the fitness of meat and aquatic food for human consumption, meat and meat products and aquatic products intended for distribution and sale within the territorial jurisdiction of Quezon City
- Establish a workable disease investigation and reporting including appraisal of animal disease intelligence network of the City;
- Prevention and control of animal communicable and transmissible diseases to humans;
- Regulate the keeping of domestic animals;
- Prevent, confiscate and eliminate stray, apparently ownerless animals, unregistered and uncared animals in any public place within the territorial jurisdiction of Quezon City;
- Conduct animal immunizations, animal impounding operations and nuisance, animal confiscations on public and privately owned place, promotion and implementation of animal rights and protection, in accordance with existing laws, ordinances, rules and regulations;
- Conduct field patrols, animal emergency management and response activities, impoundment of animals, issuance of citations and enforcement of animal quarantine directives;
- Operate and manage a shelter for impounded animals or the Quezon City Pound;
- Implement a continuing program for the prevention and eradication of rabies among susceptible animals within the territorial jurisdiction of Quezon City;
- Undertake the delivery of technical and other logistics in the implementation of anti-rabies programs and projects;
- Implement the provisions of this code and other ordinances, rules and regulations of the city in relation to the welfare of animals including in livestock, poultry and aquatic produce for human consumption;
- Observe and implement the provisions of the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines (Republic Act No 9296), Animal Welfare Act (Republic Act No 8485) and other pertinent laws on meat inspection, regulation and animal welfare.
1. CITY POUND DIVISION – Controls stray animals which are vectors of rabies and other animal diseases, regulates the keeping of domestic animals & enforce laws pertaining to animal welfare.
2. ANIMAL CARE AND DISEASE CONTROL DIVISION – Provides Mass vaccination for Animals susceptible to Rabies and promote animal health.
3. FOOD HYGIENE AND REGULATORY DIVISION – Ensures the meat consuming public that only safe and free from zoonotic disease meat are available.
4. ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION – Provides for the administrative and operational requirements of the office, particularly on the management of personnel, properties, supplies, facilities.
- MASS REGISTRATION, VACCINATION, AND DOG TAGGING OF DOGS
Pet owners must submit their dogs to mandatory registration and anti-rabies vaccination given for free. The registration card contains the permanent dog tag number, physical characteristics including the age, color, sex, breed and distinguishing marks and all rabies vaccinations conducted on the dog.
- RABIES VACCINATION EXTENSION CLINICS
For pet owners who fail to avail of free anti-rabies shots during the scheduled mass vaccinations, may avail it through the extension clinics established in their own barangays.
- SPAY AND NEUTER
Surgical sterilization of dogs and cats to control population. It is a weekly program held in barangays.
- IMPOUNDING, FIELD CONTROL AND DISPOSITION OF UNREGISTERED, STRAY, AND UNVACCINATED DOGS
Unregistered, stray or unvaccinated dogs shall be put in dog pounds, impounded dogs not claimed within three (3) days shall be placed for adoption to qualified persons or disposed of subject to the provisions of RA No. 8485 or otherwise known as “Animal Welfare Act of 1998”.
- VETERINARY CLINIC
Routine health care for pet animals, physical examinations, vaccinations and treatment of minor illnesses, deworming and spay and neuter are offered.
- MEAT INSPECTION
Conduct ante mortem and post-mortem inspection of animals intended for slaughter to ensure a disease free and wholesome meat that will be delivered to different markets and meat establishments.
- LICENSE MEAT HANDLERS
All meat handlers, meat cutting operators, dressers, cutters, vendors, processors, meat dealers and butchers working or employed within the territorial jurisdiction of Quezon City are required to secure meat handlers license from the City Veterinary department.
- SHIPPING PERMIT
Transport of animals from Quezon City to any point of this country requires shipping permit which can be obtained from the City Veterinary Department.
CVD CITIZEN'S CHARTER 2020