WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement
This year's recipient is Dr Michael R Lappin, Professor of Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University, USA. Dr Lappin's principal areas of interest are the prevention of infectious diseases; the upper respiratory tract disease complex; infectious causes of fever; infectious causes of diarrhea and zoonoses of cats. He is a member of the WSAVA One Health Committee and received the award in recognition of his contribution to science and to global veterinary learning.
WSAVA Global One Health Award
This year's recipient is Dr Nalinika Obeyesekere, CEO of Blue Paw Trust, which contributes to human health and the advancement of animal welfare in Sri Lanka. Dr Obeyesekere received the award in recognition of her tireless work to improve standards of veterinary care in Sri Lanka, which includes leading a key project that eliminated human and canine rabies from the capital city of Colombo.
WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award
This year's recipient is a Nepalese veterinarian Dr Mukti Narayan Shrestha. Dr Shrestha is the first Nepalese veterinarian to hold senior ranks in the government. He is also the first to be trained in the care of zoo animals and has been involved in programs to conserve wild animals in Nepal's Central Zoo. Throughout his career he has also run his own companion animal practice - the first in Nepal - and has lectured around the world. Dr Shrestha is President of the Veterinary Practitioners' Association of Nepal (VPAN) and an Adjunct Professor at the Himalayan College of Agricultural Science and Technology (HICAST). He is currently involved in relief work following the recent earthquake that devastated Nepal.
He received the award on the strength of his pioneering achievements and self sacrifice both for the development of the veterinary profession and service to humankind.
WSAVA President's Award
This year, the award has been made posthumously to Professor Jan Gajentaan, who died in February 2015. Professor Gajentaan championed the role of the companion animal veterinarian, founding first the Dutch Voorjaarsdagen (Spring) Congress before co-founding the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA). He went on to play a pivotal role within in the WSAVA for many years as President, Honorary Treasurer and organizer of two World Congresses. His daughter was presented with the award on his behalf.
WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award
This year's recipient is Dr S. Sivagurunathan, whose commitment to driving up standards of veterinary care has contributed significantly to the increase in the quality of small animal medicine in his home country of Malaysia. Dr Siva is chairman of the Animal Medical Center (AMC) Group of Hospitals in Malaysia and is a past president of both the Malaysian Small Animal Veterinary Association and The Veterinary Association, Malaysia. He is also a founder member of VetOne, USA, an organization for veterinary innovators. He lectures on veterinary ethics and animal welfare at University Putra Malaysia; represents the Minister of Agriculture and is the founder and deputy chairman of the Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation.
He received the Award in recognition of his work to raise standards of companion animal health care and his understanding of the human/animal bond.
WSAVA Hill’s Next Generation Award
This first recipient of this Award is Dr Pantakarn Onnak, from Chonburi, Thailand. Dr Onnak's career is characterized by her commitment to use her skills as a veterinarian to make a positive impact both on Thailand's animals and on its people. Her voluntary assignments include running a program to neuter stray dogs and cats, abandoned in Bhuddist temples and educating young people about preventative health in companion animals and the importance of neutering.
She received the award in recognition of the example she sets as a young professional contributing to the betterment of animal life, the veterinary profession and society.
The WSAVA-The Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award
This year's recipient is Dr Nantarika Chansue from Nonthaburi in Thailand who has dedicated her life to the service of the veterinary profession and to wider Thai society. In addition to her 'day job' in academia, she serves on numerous committees and conservation and education-related volunteer programs, helping to create a interface between the veterinary profession and the general public and highlighting the role veterinarians and animals can play in human social development.
Dr Chansue received the award in recognition of her outstanding contribution towards keeping the animal, human and environmental worlds in harmony throughout South East Asia.