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WSAVA Next Generation Award
This award acknowledges an exemplary young professional who has contributed to the betterment of animal life, the veterinary profession and society. Qualification:

  • Has graduated with a veterinary degree within the past 10 years
  • Work focusses on companion animals
  • Has an active track record in local/regional or international community
  • Is Socially responsible (i.e. part of projects that emphasize either One Health, Animal Welfare or the Human-Animal Bond)
  • Active in professional development (i.e. Involved in Changing the way people do clinical practice, organize CPD etc.)
  • Record of public, professional or other veterinary related services
  • Is a Local pioneer to bridge the gap between their generation and the others

WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement
This award is based on outstanding contributions by a veterinarian who has had a significant impact on the advancement of knowledge concerning the cause, detection, cure and/or control of disorders of companion animals.

WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award
The Award which is to be presented annually during the WSAVA Congress is awarded to a veterinarian who in the opinion of the judges has contributed meritorious service to the veterinary profession in the broadest sense which may be as a general practitioner, an academic veterinary surgeon or a veterinarian working in management or for a company.The judging committee will look for candidates with a history of serving the profession by taking voluntary roles on professional organizations over a period of years as well as exhibiting professional expertise within their working life. The award is international but the committee will consider strongly candidates from the WSAVA regions where the Congress is situated that year when making a choice for this award.

WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award
This award is presented to a veterinarian (or veterinary-team member) in recognition of that individual’s contribution to companion animal welfare at a local, regional or international level. This contribution may relate to leadership, public service, education, research, product development, and/or advocacy. The award is intended to not only recognise this important contribution, but to increase the global community’s awareness of the essential role veterinarians play as advocates of animal welfare.

The WSAVA-The Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award
This award recognizes veterinarians who have exhibited exceptional acts of valour and commitment in the face of adversity to service the community. The contribution could be specific to the veterinary community or beyond.

WSAVA AWARDS 2015

 

 

In May 2015, Dr. Sivagurunathan received the prestigious WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) – Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Health Care award.

The award recognizes the outstanding work of veterinarians in promoting companion animal healthcare and the Family-Pet-Veterinary bond. Through a special sensitivity to both clients and patient using leading-edge clinical nutrition, advance medical and surgical techniques, their work helps enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets.

Dr. Sivagurunathan presenting his paper titled, Challenges against the odds in companion animal practice in Asia, during the WSAVA Bangkok.

He attributes his success to his family and acknowledged his mentors Dr. Mark Morris Snr, Dr. Leo Bustad and Dr. William G. Whittick, whose mentoring are profoundly significant to his practice. They have paved the way for exactly what a veterinarian should offer and for what companion animal health deserves.

FASAVA 2014 PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

 

Congratulation to DR. S.SIVAGURUNATHAN on being awarded as FASAVA 2014 Practitioner of The Year.

Dr. Sivagurunathan graduated from the University of Punjab, Lahore in 1968. After few years of practice in government veterinary centre, he established his private practice in 1972 and pioneered modern veterinary practice standards through strong leadership, drive and perseverance. He build a legacy based on his vision of good standards of practice through quality dependable healthcare and through establishing international ethical and welfare standards within his business and practices.

Apart from his recognition as a reputable veterinary surgeon, he stands as the Executive Chairman of Medivet Group, the largest small animal healthcare group in the country oversees veterinary hospitals, pet nutrition, retail outlets and consultancy services for the government in the agricultural livestock sector.

His most laudable achievement is his personal role in spear heading and promoting Animal Welfare. He established the Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNAWF) in 1997.

He authored a book named “Pets Have Feelings Too” which served as a platform to highlight the evolution of veterinary care, ethical and welfare standards in Malaysia and to build public awareness in the importance of addressing animal welfare issues through the veterinary professional body, Veterinary Association Malaysia (VAM). Dr Siva had lectured on animal welfare, veterinary ethics and professional conduct at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at University Putra Malaysia (UPM) since year 2001.

SAPAM AWARD (SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY)

FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA 

FINAL YEAR VETERINARY UNDERGRADUATE WHO DEMONSTRATED THE HIGHEST SKILLS AND INTEREST IN SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY (Award value of RM 1,000 cash prize with certificate)

1999 LIM HOK TAI
2000 CHAN KOK KIONG
2001 LIM ENG KEONG
2002 KOW FONG KIN

MSAVA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY

FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA

FINAL YEAR VETERINARY UNDERGRADUATE WHO DEMONSTRATED THE HIGHEST SKILLS AND INTEREST IN SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY (Award value of RM 1,000 cash prize with certificate)

2003 YAP ENG HUI
2004 THONG WAI SAN
2005 TAN HEOK YIT
2006 JESSE A/L ARIASAMY
2007 YII CHEN PEI
2008 TAN I-LENE
2009 ONG HOI SAN
2010 MELISSA AW HEY MUN
2011 YEW EE LING
2012 LEONG ZI PING
2013 FOONG YEE WEI
2014 ONG CHIA LIN
2015 NG GEOK LIM
2016 MUHAMAD HASHIFFI MOHAMAD NOH

MSAVA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY

FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA

FINAL YEAR VETERINARY UNDERGRADUATE WHO DEMONSTRATED THE HIGHEST SKILLS AND INTEREST IN SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY (Award value: Cash prize of RM 1,000, certificate & first year annual membership worth RM200)

2017 YONG SUIT-B

MSAVA EXCELLENCE AWARDS – BEST IN SMALL ANIMAL MEDICINE

FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA KELANTAN 

(Award value: Cash prize of RM 1,000, certificate & first year annual membership worth RM200)

2017 IVY JOY TOH JOY LYNN

MSAVA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY 2017

YONG SUIT-B

FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA

“It was another eventful day in the small animal clinic today. Working and running through cases with my senior veterinarians as I just left vet school few months ago. I am living my dream, an idea which sparkled since I was 4-years old. From dreaming and believing, I studied 8 long years to graduating with a ‘Diploma of Animal Health and Production’ and a ‘Doctor of Veterinary Medicine’. It was already one of the best things in my life. Receiving the Malaysian Small Animal Veterinary Association Excellence Award is definitely a sweetener to my journey”.

“Thank you Malaysia Small Animal Veterinary Association for your generosity and thoughtfulness to welcome and empower young veterinarians like me to join the veterinary fraternity. It gives me great confidence to know that my hard work, perseverance, passion and love for the animals under my care is being recognized. Those heart-warming and extraordinary feelings when an animal lights up while juggling a hectic vet school life always make my day. It is an honour to belong to a profession who are guardians for the voiceless and of significance to the society’s wellbeing and development. There’s an exciting vast field for me to explore, in which this cash award would help me kick start my professional development courses. Thank you MSAVA! This award is an excellent motivation and encouragement for me to continue to do my best to uphold the veterinary profession and contribute to the health and wellbeing of animals and community”.

 

MSAVA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SMALL ANIMAL MEDICINE 2017

IVY JOY TOH JOY LYNN

FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA KELANTAN 

“I am glad to be the first recipient from UMK for the MSAVA award for Excellence in Small Animal Medicine is an understatement. I was elated! A giddy mixture of unexplainable emotions that ranged from surprise to disbelief to appreciation. It is nice to know that all those long hours on the field and in the farms; those unsightly scratches and bruises we wore as badges of honour on our arms; the sweat, blood, tears and animal faeces, was well worth it at the end. Of course this award belongs to me as much as it does to my lecturers and clinicians, my batchmates and my family, all of whom have been monumental pillars throughout vet school.

This award, I plan to contribute towards my continuing education, hoping to further my studies in fields that I am passionate in: cardiology & nutrition. I believe it is vital that we constantly improve and update our knowledge and skill sets in order to keep abreast with the latest in our profession but more importantly, to provide the best for our fur-patients. There’s still so much to learn as a young small animal practitioner and I am excited for the journey ahead. My utmost gratitude to MSAVA for their generosity in helping to make this dream of mine a reality. I am truly honoured to be a part of such a prestigious and exclusive fraternity”.

MSAVA OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

This award is presented to Dr. Clement Anthony for having served with dedication and distinction in various positions in the Executive Council for period 1992 – 2014.

MSAVA offers a prize consist of a trophy, cash and certificate for the best oral case report/research report presentation at the National Scientific Conference this year. The presentations are judged in terms on the quality of the written abstract, scientific content and oral presentation. The aim of the award is to encourage MSAVA members and veterinary students to share clinical cases and research findings among the small animal practitioners and scientific community or personal development of the winner. The awards are decided by a panel of judges and the award will be presented at the end of the conference.

MSAVA BEST CLINICAL RESEARCH AWARD 2018 (JUDGES’ CHOICE)

PRIZE: RM150 with certificate

(Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia)

AWARD RECIPIENT: DR. YONG HUI CHIN

RETROSPECTIVE SURVEY ON REASONS AND QUALITY OF LIFE OF DOGS UNDERGONE LIMB AMPUTATION IN UVH, UPM FROM YEAR 2011 TO 2017

Amputation of a limb is performed in small animal clinics in Malaysia for various reasons include neoplasia, severe trauma with non-operable fractures, ischaemic necrosis, osteomyelitis and soft tissue infection. Misconceptions from dog owners regarding adaptation of amputees and their attitude towards their dog as an amputee often affect the decision to amputate causing poor welfare of the affected animal and some lead to euthanasia. Thus, this study was carried out in an attempt to identify the reasons, risk factors and clinical outcome for limb amputation in dogs treated at the University Veterinary Hospital, UPM between 2011 and 2017. This study evaluated the owner’s satisfaction based on their perception of their dogs’ quality of life and adaptation following amputation of a limb using a structured questionnaire. Twenty-three cases of limb amputation in dogs were reviewed. Data including signalment, body weight, level of limb amputation, reasons for amputation and clinical outcome (recovery duration and post-operative complications) were recorded. A survey was conducted by telephone or email with the owners. Information on the owner’s satisfaction, whether or not they would opt for the same procedure if facing with similar problem, adaptation of their dogs after amputation, and behavioural changes was obtained. The main reason for amputation in this study was neoplasia and average hospitalization duration following a limb amputation was seven days. There was no significant association between post-surgical hospitalization duration and the dog’s age, gender, breed, body weight, reasons for amputation, whether a fore or a hind limb was amputated, or complications in relation to the amputation. A total of 84.2% of the owners stated that their dogs regained normal quality of life after the amputation. A total of 79% of the owners informed that they would choose to amputate if were faced the same situation again. Overall, the dog owners perceived their dogs adapted well walking on three limbs and have good quality of life after recovery.

 

MSAVA BEST ORAL PRESENTATION AWARD 2018

PRIZE: RM 300, trophy and certificate

(Institute of Bioscience and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia)

AWARD RECIPIENT: MISS NG SHING WEI

CLINICAL STUDY ON EFFICACY OF CURCUMIN CONJUGATED CHITOSAN NANOPARTICLES IN CATS DIAGNOSED WITH FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a fatal infectious disease in cats worldwide. FIP is a fatal immune-mediated viral disease caused by a lethal strain of feline coronavirus (FCoV) known as feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV). For the past half-century, studies explored the use of anti-viral drugs and immunomodulatory therapeutic approaches against this dreadful disease but no significant outcome was achieved. Curcumin, a polyphenol compound, is derived from the rhizome of turmeric which is known as Curcuma longa. Curcumin has been traditionally used as a food spice in Asian cuisine, as well as a medicinal herb for various ailments. To date, the accumulated evidence have demonstrated the multiple therapeutics properties in anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic activities. Even though poor oral bioavailability is a major drawback in the therapeutic potential of curcumin, numberless of researchers have employed various methods to improve the bioavailability including the use of nanoparticles. In our study, curcumin conjugated chitosan nanoparticles (Cur-CS) was synthesized and characterized. Pharmacokinetics profile showed Cur-CS nanoparticles exhibits enhanced oral bioavailability in cats. Meanwhile, Cur-CS nanoparticles are safe to be consumed by cats at 100 mg/kg daily for 28 days without causing any significant toxicological effects. In this clinical study, cats with naturally occurring wet-form (abdominal effusive form) FIP that fulfilled our selection criteria were enrolled and were given treatments up to 28 days. This study was approved by the UPM IACUC committee. The anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects of Cur-CS nanoparticles were evaluated using quantitative real-time PCR in effusion and blood of cats. There was significant reduction of viral titer in the macrophages from the effusion fluid while anti-inflammatory effects were presented as well. Despite the positive effects displayed, Cur-CS nanoparticles did not reduce the clinical signs nor improve quality of life and survival time in the cats for this short duration study. In conclusion, Cur-CS nanoparticles demonstrated anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects in cats naturally infected with FIPV, however, longer duration studies with dose escalating approaches are required to further evaluate the use of curcumin as a potential treatment against FIPV alone or in combination with other therapies. Besides that, it would be interesting to evaluate this therapy in cats with non-effusive forms of FIP and the use of curcumin as prophylaxis in cats tested serologically positive for FCoV with no clinical signs of FIP.

 

MSAVA BEST CLINICAL CASE REPORT AWARD 2018 (JUDGES’ CHOICE)

PRIZE: RM 150 with certificate

(Gasing Veterinary Hospital)

AWARD RECIPIENT: DR. MELLISSA AW HEY MUN

STEROID-RESPONSIVE MENINGITIS-ARTERITIS WITH CONCURRENT C6-C7 RIGHT NERVE ROOT COMPRESSION IN A YOUNG BEAGLE DOG 

This is a clinical case that describes in detail the clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA) in a 1-year-old male Beagle dog with concurrent C6-C7 right nerve root compression. The dog was referred to Gasing Veterinary Hospital for cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with the primary complaint of cervical pain. Neurological examination revealed lower neck carriage with normal conscious proprioception and spinal reflexes in all limbs. MRI revealed C6-C7 right nerve root compression. Non-steroidal inflammatory (NSAIDs) and analgesic were initially prescribed to the dog but it did not improve. Steroidal anti-inflammatory was then given to replace NSAIDs and he improved. However he developed high fever and inappetence after the medication was stopped. Haematology and biochemistry result were unremarkable except mild leucocytosis and monocytosis. C6-C7 right nerve root compression could not explain the latter clinical signs. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was collected from cisterna magna and cytology analysis demonstrated neutrophilic pleocytosis with high protein content at 0.92g/L (reference range: <0.3g/L). Typical clinical signs and CSF findings are highly suggestive of a central nervous system inflammatory condition called as steroid responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA). Immunosuppressive dose of prednisolone was started at 2mg/kg twice a day for two days, then reduced to 1mg/kg twice a day for two weeks then dosage is gradually tapered over several months to the lowest dose necessary to maintain remission of the clinical signs. The dog has responded well to immunosuppressive regime although mild cervical pain is still noted during previous follow up visit. In general, the prognosis for SRMA is good.

MSAVA ANIMAL WELFARE AWARD 2018

This award is presented to Dr. S.Sivagurunatha in conjunction with World Veterinary Day 2018