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UPMV K9 corps joins MMDA for canine first aid seminar

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The University of the Philippines Mountaineers Veterinary (UPMV) K9 SAR Corps recently collaborated with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to enhance community appreciation and care for dogs, particularly those involved in search and rescue (SAR) efforts, through a one-day canine first aid seminar.

Held at the MMDA headquarters in Taguig City on May 31, the event drew several disaster response groups, including the MMDA’s own K9 SAR Unit and other K9 SAR volunteers.

Veterinary professionals covered a wide range of topics, including CPR for dogs and emergency first aid for wounds, heatstroke, poisoning, and other scenarios. MMDA K9 Unit Head Franco Jornacion welcomed the event, highlighting the invaluable role of dogs in SAR operations, especially in preparation for the potential “Big One” earthquake that could strike Metro Manila.

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