SWTJC Biol 1413 General Zoology Class had guest speakers from the Vector Control Unit of Public Health division - Public works Department of the City of Eagle Pass visit on October 27th 2011 from 9:30am - 10:30am.
"Prevention is better than cure" is the primary focus of the vector control unit when it comes to the Public health which is a top priority and the ultimate goal of the public works department in the City of Eagle Pass. Mr. Roberto Garza and Mr. Juan Gloria from the Vector Control Department presented the details on the measure taken to quarantine, monitor and control stray animals; the enforcement of city ordinances regarding the licensing & tagging of pets; rabies prevention, adoption of homeless pets, timely removal the unwanted and dead remains of animals, as well the reasons for euthanizing the "unwanted" animals.
Students were engrossed by the serious nature of the work done by the vector control unit, and learned about the dangers of snake bite, source of anti-venom, bee, bat, occupational hazards in handling the aggressive pet animals, preventive measure, along with information regarding the training to be an animal control officer. Animal control officers, Roberto and Juan explained the procedure and benefits of the implanting the "Chip" in the pet which is one of the prime requirement for owning a pet inside city limits.
Students and the Instructor, S Kannan, would like to express their sincere gratitude appreciation for Mr. Hector Chavez, Director, Mr. Jessie Sandoval, Ms. Yolanda B. Chavarria of the City of Eagle Pass Public Works, and also Ms. Norma Diaz of Vocational Nursing Education Department of SWTJC. Animal control officers may be contacted at (830) 773-9408 or (830) 773-8362 located at 1100 Eidson, in Eagle Pass.
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