Vet pioneer and Malay-Indian wins prestigious award

Malay-Indian Dr Amilan Sivagurunathan’s contributions towards raising the standards of vetcare in Malaysia were recognized by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). He was awarded Global Meritorious Service Award in an event at Marina Bay in Singapore.

Sivagurunathan helped improved Malaysian vetcare with continuous education and enhanced access to vet therapeutics. In 2007 Dr Sivagurunathan established a Pharmaceutical Working Group to enable the MSAVA to work with livestock representatives. He made it possible to discuss policies and regulations of the pharmacy board of the country.

Thanks to his tireless efforts, MSAVA now manages screening and validation of drug registration dossiers for consideration by the National Registry (NPRA). This development speeded up access to therapeutics in Malaysia, though facilitation challenges still remain.

“While working full-time at a busy veterinary hospital, he has worked tirelessly to raise standards of veterinary care for companion animals. His achievements in animal welfare and in CE education are particularly impressive.  He is a veterinary pioneer in Malaysia and, indeed, across Asia and is determined to leave a positive legacy for the next generation of veterinarians,” said Dr Käthi Brunner, Chair of the WSAVA Leadership and Nomination Committee.

Dr Sivagurunathan was a past president of MSAVA and the architect of 2016 Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Association (FASAVA) Congress in Malaysia. Locally, he has been extremely active with is also a member of the technical working committee of the Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNAWF).

“As a second-generation veterinarian, I grew up understanding the profession through my father who himself pioneered changes in the companion animal industry. Realizing the changes to come, I felt that bridges had to be built and that the profession should lead the way. I would like to thank the WSAVA board for recognizing my services,” said Dr Sivagurunathan, while receiving the award.

The WSAVA event currently underway at Singapore brings together over 3,000 representations from the community across the world. It represents more than 200,000 veterinarians through 110 member associations. WSAVA also released a set of guidelines on September 25,  titled ‘Animal Welfare Global Guidelines for Companion Animal Practitioners and the Veterinary Team’. This was after, WSAVA declared that veterinarians should be advocates of animal welfare!

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