By Gabriela Baron
National Scientist for Veterinary Medicine Teodulo Topacio passed away at 94 on Tuesday.
Topacio is known for his vital research in Leptospirosis.
He focused on the existence of Leptospirosis in the Philippines and how it is being transmitted from pets to human. Because of his efforts in finding treatment for the disease and improving the livestock industry in the country, he was conferred National Scientist on April 2009.
Topacio also became consultant in programs sponsored by the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and Asian Development Bank.
As National Scientist, Topacio made important contributions in the prevention of Foot and Mouth Disease in the Philippines.
Along with other medical specialists, he lobbied for the passage of the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 and the Philippine Veterinary Medicine Act of 2004.
He was also a teacher and at one time Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Veterinary Medicine.