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Sixth International Conference of Veterinary Sciences

Brito was presented with a 100 years of Veterinary Teaching in Cuba commemorative plaque during a session of the Sixth International Conference of Veterinary Sciences currently underway in Havana.

This eighty-year-old professor received the recognition amidst cheers, hugs, and kisses from current and former students. "It is a great honor to be Cuban, something instilled in me by my father, who was part of the Ejercito Mambi," he said.

Recently, the ministry of Sciences, Technology and Environment granted Brito an award for his project on animal reproduction and software developed to teach this subject.

"My students are my friends, my colleagues. I love teaching, it keeps me alive. I regret not having enough time for all I want to do," he noted. For Brito, there is nothing more rewarding than the respect and admiration of his students.

For 55 years, Professor Brito has been married to Ofelia, the mother of his three children. "She helps me a lot and we are a very close family. That is the most important thing to me," said Brito, who has been an educator for close to 45 years.

"We put to good use his immense wealth of knowledge," said Professor Mario Marquez, who was one of his students 25 years ago and nowadays is one of his colleagues at the Agricultural University of Havana.

Talented people like Brito are responsible for the graduation of more than 6,000 veterinary doctors. The hard work of most of these outstanding professionals was recognized yesterday on occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Veterinary Teaching in Cuba.

Source: Raisa Pagés, Granma

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