Office Bearers of AAVIO
Dr. Ravi Murarka – President (2nd one form left)
Dr. C. R. Bhatia – Vice President (3rd one from right)
Dr. Shailesh Patel – General Secretary (2nd one from right)
Dr. Raj Khare – Senior Advisor (1st one from left)
Dr. Narendra Khianey – Treasurer (3rd one form left)
Dr. Jyothi Surendran (middle one)
Dr. Balasunder Dodda (not in photo)
Dr. Anjali Bandekar (1st one from right)
Newly Inducted Board of Directors in 2018:
Dr. Mohan Ramanathan (not in photo)
General body meeting of AAVIO 2018 was held on June 10, 2018 at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Raj Khare, DVM welcomed the guests while narrating the history of AAVIO. He mentioned that in early 60’s there were very few veterinarians migrated to the USA. They got PhD degree’s in different basic sciences, so they were calling themselves, physiologist, microbiologist, pharmacologist, research scientist etc. Never acknowledged as veterinarian even-though all were veterinary graduates. So we formed Indian Student Associations at different universities. In 1970’s some of us got license to practice veterinary medicine, then we realized the need of Indian Veterinary Association. In 1989 Drs, Nirwan Thaper, Jatindar Dubey, Prabodh Vaid, Saini Raheja etc got registered in Maryland. In late 90’s we changed the name as Association of Indian Veterinarians of America. Now we finally call this as American Association of Veterinarians of Indian Origin.
Dr. Ravi Murarka, thanked the guests, and took the responsibility of making the organization bigger and better in future.
About Dr. Ravi Murarka: Dr. Ravi has been a leader in the veterinary filed for over 30 years. He served as a medical director of the PSPCA for almost 20 years. He is the past chairman of the
Animal Welfare Committee for the Pennsylvania Veteri
nary Medical Association, and the founder and secretary of the Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, he served as the president of the then AAVIO namely American Indian Veterinary Association, and has testified in various courts in Pennsylvania as an expert witness in animal cruelty cases.
He has a chapter in the best selling book “Saving Gracie”, by New York Times best selling author Carol Bradley, and has been featured in a number of local and national television and radio shows on NPR, Animal Planet, and National Geographic. Along with running his veterinary p
ractice, the Compassion Veterinary Clinic in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, he has served as the consulting veterinarian of the Morris Animal Refuge since July of 2015. Morris Animal Refuge conferred The Grace Labouchere Award to Dr. Ravi Murarka in 2016 for his outstanding veterinary services.
About Dr. Narendra Khianey:
Dr. Narendra Khianey has strong passion and appreciation for animals, combined with a love for science and problem solving, shaped his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Very early in life, he secured his dream job of volunteering at animal hospitals and animal shelters cleaning kennels and walking dogs. Through this experience, he was transformed by the pr
ofound human-animal bond, the magical connection of meaning and joy that we share with our pets. Witnessing the important role medical care, disease prevention, and pain relief have in the lives of people and their beloved pets resolved him to continue the pursuits of veterinary medicine.
About Dr. Mohan Ramanathan:
Dr. Mohan Ramanathan is a native of Southern India. He graduated from Madras Veterinary College, Madras India in 1989. He obtained his M.S from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992. After working in biopharmaceuticals developing biologicals for a few years, he completed rotating Internship in Medicine and Surgery from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Allied health and
Nursing in 2000. Immediately after completion he continued on to work as an attending clinician and faculty at the TU teaching hospital. He taught Internal Medicine, Preventative medicine/Ambulatory care and elective Emergency/Critical care Medicine and Dentistry to Junior and Senior DVM students and Interns. He pursued additional training in Emergency and Critical care for 2 years in Louisville, KY before moving to Florida to work as an Emergency and Critical care Veterinarian at Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists for about 10 years. His years of training and experience give him the edge of offering excellence in pet care. Currently, he owns and operates the Woolbright Veterinary clinic, since July, 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, listening to classical music, reading, traveling and spending time with his family and his pet Max.
About Dr. Anjali Bandekar: