Vet Students around the World – Meet Janice Magayano from the Philippines
We think veterinary students are awesome! Together with the International Veterinary Students' Association, we are telling the stories of vet students around the world. This time, meet Janice Magayano.
To start, please tell us about yourself!
My name is Janice L. Magayano but people call me ‘Ja’ or ‘Jaja’. I am a 24-year-old senior student of Veterinary Medicine at the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur, Philippines. I just finished my internship in a small animal and wildlife practice. Currently, I am doing an internship on swine. After finishing this internship, my thesis, a clinico-pathological conference and if everything else goes according to plan, I will be graduating this April.
I am a proud active member of the Venerable Knight and Lady Veterinarians Fraternity and Sorority, a prestigious veterinary medicine student organization that promotes academic excellence and takes on various civic duties and responsibilities. Furthermore, I am a member of International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA), via which I meet different vet students around the world and was fortunate to be exposed to different cultures. In addition, I am a member of Rotaract-Bicol and Junior Chamber International (JCI). I love travelling and connecting to people from different walks of life.
Do you have any pets and what’s your favorite animal?
Actually, I don’t have a specific favorite animal because I love them all! I currently have four dogs and three cats. I have adopted them all from the pound. They are really happy at my home. At the moment, a friend of mine is looking after them because I am quite busy with my internship, but I really miss them a lot.
What I really love about them, aside from being so cute and cuddly, is that they are really smart, they know some funny tricks. When I am with them, it seems that I am with my family.
Why did you decide to study veterinary medicine?
My passion for animals is the primary reason why I am studying veterinary medicine. As a member of the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA), I was an advocate of IVSA-Animal Welfare Committee and I realized that I care about each and every animal’s welfare. There are so many ways that can improve animal welfare and in doing so, we not only increase the welfare of animals, but also the welfare of people. That realization made my love and passion for animals even stronger.
What it is like to study veterinary medicine in the Philippines?
In the Philippines, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a six-year course. We have a preparatory course of two years and after that we need to pass the National Veterinary Admission Test (NVAT) in order to be admitted to the four-year proper veterinary medicine course. After finishing the six-year course, we need to take the Veterinary Medicine Licensure Examination.
What advice would you give people who are thinking about a career in veterinary medicine?
Studying veterinary medicine is very tough. You always need to give your best, you need to have a passion and always make a one-hundred percent effort with everything you do.
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