Monday, August 13, 2007

Dr. Romeo S. Gundran, Dean of College of Veterinary Science and Medicine

Dr. Romeo S. Gundran holds the steering wheel of one of the country’s top veterinary institutions, the CLSU College of Veterinary Science and Medicine (CVSM). With Dr. Gundran leading the way, CVSM is surely on its path to greater success.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry and Doctor of Veterinary Science and Medicine in 1983 and 1985, respectively, at CLSU. After graduation, he immediately joined the college faculty.

During his first decade in the academe, Dr. Gundran was active in co- and extra-curricular activities. He was college secretary in 1986-1987 and president of the CVSM Alumni Association and the Society for the Advancement of Veterinary Education and Research Alumni Association, both in 1992-1993. He also served as a board member of the Nueva Ecija Veterinary Medical Association in 1992-1993. For six consecutive years since 1986, he was adjudged by the Office of Student Affairs as CLSU Best Student Organization Adviser.

His tenth year in the academe was marked by a postgraduate diploma in Veterinary Studies from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, under the AusAID Scholarship Program. He later earned a master’s degree in veterinary science from the same university in 1998.

In the years that followed, Dr. Gundran continued to work his way to the top. He attended and presented papers in local, national and international scientific conferences and trainings such as the International Animal Feeds and Veterinary Drugs Congress, National Small Ruminant Congress and Philippine Veterinary Medical Association Annual Scientific Conference.

In 2002, he was awarded by a German Foundation for International Development Scholarship to attend a training on "Globalization of Trade and International Quality Standards: New Technical Regulations and Voluntary Standards in Infectious Animal Disease Control" at Deutsche Stiftung fur International Entwicklung, Germany.

Prior to his designation as dean of the CVSM, Dr. Gundran held key positions in CLSU and in the Department of Agriculture. In 1999-2004, he served as chairman of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and director of the Animal Medical Center in CLSU. In 2003, he was chairman of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Animal Disease Control and Emergency under the Department of Agriculture-Region III and became a member of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Department of Agriculture.

In spite of the numerous achievements and awards tucked under his belt, Dr. Gundran remains humble and acknowledges the power behind his success, the Almighty God.

To those who know him, he has exemplary credentials, winsome smile that is contagious and has words that are encouraging and a positive disposition that is invigorating. (Fely V. Manaois II)