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WSAVA-Hill's Next Generation Award

Dr. Guyan Weeransinghe, an Australian veterinarian working in small animal practice and as a state government veterinary officer, has been announced by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and Hill's Pet Nutrition as the winner of the 2018 Next Generation Veterinary Award. The award acknowledges the work of a veterinarian who graduated within the past ten years and who has contributed significantly to the betterment of companion animals, the veterinary profession and society at large. "Given the importance of the human-companion animal bond, veterinarians have an important role to play in global initiatives such as One Health, which unite human and veterinary medicine with environmental health, to secure a safer future for our planet,” said Dr. Iveta Becvarova, Director of Global Academic and Professional Affairs at Hill's Pet Nutrition. “As a past President of Australian Veterinarians in Public Health (AVPH), Guy has already made an outstanding contribution in this area. His leadership of various One Health projects and his involvement in running veterinary continuing education (CE) on this topic, remind all companion animal veterinarians that our work also has a global dimension.”

Read more about Dr. Guyan Weeransinghe in the Press Release

WSAVA Global One Health Award

Professor Edward B Breitschwerdt DVM, from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Professor Christopher W Woods MD, from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, were nominated for the Award in recognition of their work on atypical manifestations of bartonellosis in people and, in particular, veterinary healthcare providers. The WSAVA Global One Health Award is presented by the WSAVA’s One Health Committee (OHC) to an individual or organization which has promoted an aspect of One Health relevant to companion animals. 
ultiple Bartonella spp. can infect people and their pets with Cat Scratch Disease the most recognized manifestation. However, Bartonella spp. are considered ‘stealth’ pathogens and can be difficult to diagnose. Professors Breitschwerdt and Woods have developed more sensitive Bartonella tests for use with humans and other species and have applied these tests to people, in the process discovering new chronic disease associations, including headaches, blurred vision, fatigue and polyarthritis that can be confused with Lyme disease. Veterinarians appear to be at high risk due to contact with pets and their fleas.

Read more information about prof. Breitschwerdt and prof. Woods in the Press Release

WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award

Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekera, a veterinarian from Sri Lanka, is the first recipient of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s new Award for Companion Animal Welfare. The Award, developed by the WSAVA’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC), recognizes individual veterinarians who have made a significant contribution to animal welfare and inspired others to play their part in advancing welfare globally. Dr Obeyesekere graduated with a BSc in Wildlife Biology and Management from UC Davis, USA, and, in pursuit of her primary interest, animal behavior, returned to Sri Lanka in 1985 to work in the environmental sector. She later obtained a BVSc at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and also has a MVSc from Murdoch University in Australia. She is now the owner-director of Pet Vet Clinic in Sri Lanka, a clinic which paved the way for small animal practice in Sri Lanka and which is an internship center for the University of Peradeniya and an externship center for the Royal Veterinary College in London.

Read more about Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekera in the Press Release

WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement

Dr. Colin Harvey, is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Award for Scientific Achievement in recognition of his work to highlight the importance of veterinary oral and dental conditions in companion animals and in developing tools to support the incorporation of dental procedures and dental preventive strategy into daily veterinary practice. The Award, given annually to an individual judged to have made a significant contribution to the field of small animal medicine, will be presented during this year’s WSAVA World Congress, which takes place from 25-28 September in Singapore. Colin Harvey graduated from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences before completing an internship and surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He was trained in dental procedures by faculty of the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Until his retirement in 2013, he was Professor of Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, a position he held for 33 years. As a Boarded Specialist in both Surgery (ACVS, 1972) and Dentistry (Charter Diplomate of AVDC, 1988), he introduced a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures into clinical, teaching and research activities. This led to improvements in the major oral surgery reconstructive techniques necessary for cancer patients, as well as in the management of oral trauma and congenital and acquired oro-nasal defects. On his retirement, the Penn Vet Dental and Oral Surgery Operatory was named in his honor.

Read more about Dr. Colin Harvey in the Press Release

WSAVA-Henry Schein Cares Interational Veterinary Community Award

Dr. Gopinathan Gangadharan, has been a long standing and active member of the Malaysian Small Animal Veterinary Association (MSAVA). He is currently the longest serving member of the Executive Committee (of 20 years) in Malaysia and he has been reappointed as the secretary to the FASAVA Executive Board on numerous ocassions, due to his experience and knowledge in administration. In addition, Dr. Gangadharan has contribuited substantially to Continuing Education events and activities in the region.

WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award

Dr. Amilan Sivagurun, a past President of the Malaysian Small Animal Veterinary Association (MSAVA) and architect of the highly successful 2016 Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Association (FASAVA) Congress in Malaysia, has received the 2018 World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Award for Global Meritorious Service. The Award was made in recognition of his contribution to small animal practice in Malaysia through increasing continuing education (CE), raising standards of animal welfare through better practice and enhancing access to veterinary therapeutics. Dr Amilan graduated from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, and later undertook a residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the Faculty. He is a Director and Consultant ophthalmologist at the Animal Medical Centre, a veterinary hospital in Kuala Lumpur established by his father, Dr S Sivagurunathan.

Read more about Dr. Amilan Sivagurun in the Press Release