History of the College
The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program was born at a time when the country is accelerating its livestock production perhaps timely. It was conceived and nurtured until it was born in February 18, 1982 at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at, Agoo, La Union pursuant to Board Resolution No. 47-82. The offering of the program was implemented on June 14, 1982. Although in its infancy it has managed to accommodate ninety one (91) sincere, dedicated and equally struggling students during the first semester. There were four pioneer veterinary medicine faculty members (Dr. Rafael E. Lacebal, Dr. Rosenio C. Silvestre, Dr. Juliana Q. Silvestre and Dr. Roland Q. Estrada) that defended the offering of the program to the university Board of Regents with Dr. Lacebal heading the group.
Its early life was characterized by poor and inadequate nutrition (malnourished) but its main strength lies in its ability to withstand the rigors of maintaining the minimum level of its life. The Program started as a department. After confirming the relevance of Veterinary Medicine to the functions of other academic programs and resources of CAS at Agoo, La Union against those of the College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF) in Bacnotan, La Union, the program was relocated to CAF (now DMMMSU-North La Union Campus).
The first home of the program was at the first floor of the Crisanto Hall (College of Education Building). When the Department of Arts and Sciences and Teacher Education were merged into one department beginning school year 1994 – 1995, the Arts and Sciences Building became the Veterinary Medicine Building. Later, the department of Veterinary Medicine was transformed into an Institute.
On August 12-14, 2013, the 2nd Survey Visit for DVM Program was awarded Level II Re-accredited status and a “Very Good” rating was given in all the areas with a Grand Mean of 3.78. On November 24-26, 2015, the DVM Program qualified for Level III during the 3rd Survey Visit (Level III, Phase I) with a rating of 4.00.
The Institute again submits its program for Level III – Phase 2 Accreditation Survey Visit confident that it can demonstrate the ability to produce educational outcomes that are consistent with its goal and objectives.