Award recognizes a veterinarian anywhere in the world for outstanding community service in the animal health field and beyond. It is generously supported by the Dr Mukti Narayan Praveena Foundation Nepal (DMNPF Nepal)
During our 2015 WSAVA Congress in Bangkok, Dr Mukti Shrestha, then President of Veterinary Practitioners Association Nepal (VPAN), received the WSAVA’s Global Meritorious Service Award. Receiving it so inspired him that a charitable foundation set up by him and his wife in Nepal is to sponsor the Award going forward.
Dr Shrestha was 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. Throughout his career he has also run his own companion animal practice - the first in Nepal - and has lectured around the world. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Himalayan College of Agricultural Science and Technology (HICAST).
In 2018, Dr and Mrs Shreshtha established the Dr Mukti Narayan Praveena Foundation Nepal (DMNPF, Nepal), a not-for-profit association to support human welfare and deliver charitable work. It supports students in education, preserves the country’s heritage, enhances animal welfare, nurtures the country’s veterinary profession and provides help in the event of disasters, such as earthquakes.
The DMNPF, Nepal runs a range of programs in Nepal to support its goals, several of which focus on the veterinary profession. They include:
- The Dr Mukti Narayan Praveena Foundation Veterinary Science Study Award (DMNPFVSSA) to two veterinary students studying in four veterinary colleges in Nepal.
- The ‘One Health Excellence Award’ which it presents every two years in collaboration with VPAN to a veterinarian, medical doctor or environmental health expert working in this field in Nepal.
- The creation of Animal Welfare for Public Health, a unique project in collaboration with Rotary Club of Patan, Nepal.
- Sponsorship of the WSAVA’s Global Meritorious Service Award.
Commenting on the WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award, Dr Shrestha said: “I was overwhelmed with joy when my service to the profession was recognized by the WSAVA in Bangkok. My profession is my second life so the Award gave meaning to my whole life."
“I want the WSAVA to continue to recognize outstanding service in a veterinarian and for this Award to bring recipients the same joy and spiritual satisfaction that I experienced. I hope the Global Meritorious Service Award will help to inspire veterinarians from around the world to contribute to the development of our profession and, in so doing, to support the WSAVA’s mission to advance the health and welfare of companion animals.”