Henry Schein, Inc. announced this week that Malaysia’s Dr. Gopinathan Gangadharan has received the sixth annual Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award.
Gangadharan was recognized for his role as the longest continuously serving committee member of the Malaysia Small Animal Veterinary Association (MSAVA), and as the coordinator of the Animal Care Project, a nationwide social welfare project designed to improve the awareness of animal welfare and care among the public.
Gangadharan received the award recently at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) World Congress 2018 in Singapore. The award recognizes veterinarians who perform exceptional acts of courage or demonstrate a commitment to serve the international community, and is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program.
In 2010, despite the demands of operating a one-man practice, Dr. Gangadharan created and led the Animal Care Project, a nationwide initiative to encourage responsible pet ownership and raise awareness of overall animal welfare among the Malaysian population. Under this program, many hundreds of dogs and cats were vaccinated, rescued from euthanasia, or adopted out to loving homes. Other animals, including cows, goats, and turtles, received much-needed veterinary care, and dozens of veterinary professionals and other volunteers gave talks about proper animal care.
“This is a great honor, and it is humbling to be recognized for our work on behalf of the animals and veterinary community of Malaysia,” said Dr. Gangadharan. “Through our efforts, we have been able to make a tremendous impact on animal health—and by extension public health—in our communities. To Henry Schein and my colleagues at WSAVA, I say thank you.”
Dr. Gangadharan was presented with the Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award and a check for $5,000 by Dr. Nigel Nichols, Senior Advisor, International Animal Health Group – Asia Pacific Region, Henry Schein, Inc.