Office Bearers of AAVIO

From Left:

Dr. Dipen Shah – General Secretary  

Dr. Ravi Murarka – President

Dr. C. R. Bhatia – Vice President

Dr. Shailesh Patel – Assistant Secretary

Dr. Raj Khare – Senior Advisor & Chairman Membership Committee

Dr. Narendra Khiany – Treasurer (not in group photo of the board 2016 on Right)

Newly Inducted Board of Directors in 2017:

Dr. Jyothi Surendran  (1st one from left)                   

Dr. Balasunder Dodda (2nd one form left)

Dr. Dr. Anjali Bandekar (1st one from right)


General body meeting of AAVIO 2017 was held on May 21, 2017 Blue Bell Country Club, Blue Bell, PA. Avinash Deshmukh, PhD was keynote speaker. 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 Veterinary 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 practice, 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.

       Practice Manager:
        Compassion Veterinary Clinic
        1030 Dekalb Pike,
        Blue Bell, PA 19422
        Phone: (610) 277-3672


About Dr. Naren Khianey:

Dr. Naren 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 profound 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.

Dr. Khianey volunteered all his life till he graduated from veterinary school. After graduating from veterinary college, he immigrated to the United States in 1976 and settled in Maryland with his brothers, sister, and parents. He has been the proud owner of Prince George’s Animal Hospital since 1984. He enjoys the challenges and rewards of general practice, from puppy and kitten exams to end of life care, as well as preventative, surgical, and medical care in between.
In his free time, he loves spending time with his daughter and son in law and playing with his grandson. He is very proud of his son who is working his way to graduate in veterinary medicine at the Ohio State University with honors and a scholarship. He is the only veterinary student to take business as a minor and be rewarded with a scholarship for the program. Dr. Khianey is waiting eagerly for him to join his team.
        Practice Manager:
         Prince George’s Animal Hospital
         7440 Annapolis Road
         Hyattsville, MD 20784
        Phone: (301) 577-9400


About Dr. Anjali Bandekar: 

Dr. Anjali Bandekar, graduated from Bombay Veterinary College and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Surgery from Great Britain’s Royal Veterinary College in 1999. She built her experience by working at an animal clinic in Bombay for over 2 years before moving to England to gain her Master’s degree. Before starting her own practice (New Britain Veterinary Clinic) she was working for over 6 years with Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital in Coopersburg, PA and prior to that for 2 years with SPCA in Philadelphia, PA. Her specialty is in dog and cat medicine and surgery with special interest in orthopedic surgery. She lives with her husband and two daughters.
      Practice Manager:
       New Britain Veterinary Clinic
      341 West Butler Ave
      New Britain, PA 18901
      Phone: (215) 340-0345
About Dr. Jyothi Surendran:
Dr Jyothi Surendran is a small animal veterinarian with special interests in clinical pathology , rehabilitation and alternative medicine. Striving to improve the life of animals with the highest quality care provides her immense job satisfaction. 
She completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University after graduating from vet school in Kerala , India. Clinical experience was obtained at the Willow brook Veterinary Hospital, St Louis ,MO; King of Prussia Veterinary Hospital , PA ;Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists, Eden Prairie, MN ; Exton Veterinary clinic, Exton, PA and Compassion Veterinary Hospital, Blue Bell, PA. Experience at the Compassion Veterinary Hospital also helped improve her surgical skills. She has undergone courses in ultrasound from the Iowa state university which enhanced her diagnostic skills. Currently she works as an associate veterinarian at Banfield in Wilmington Delaware. She is a member of the AVMA and the Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinarians. In her free time, she enjoys pencil sketching, oil painting and spending time with family and her pet Leo, a Swissie.
         Associate Veterinarian:
          Banfield Pet Hospital
          3010 Brandywine Pkwy,
          Wilmington, DE 19803
          Phone: (610) 850-3060
About Dr. Balasunder Dodda: 
Dr. Balasunder Dodda graduated with a Ph. D (from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh) and masters in Pharmacology and earned DVM from ANGRAU, India. For the past 12 years he has been extensively involved in preclinical and clinical research in academia and pharmaceutical industry. While doing so he has been volunteering in shelter medicine and private practices occasionally. In his previous job he is a contributor to a highly successful new immune modulating human cancer drug regulatory approvals for many solid tumors. He has been passionate about translating such recent advances in human medicine to our veterinary patients. His other passions are mastering internal medicine and soft tissue surgeries. Dr. Dodda lives with his wife Neelima and two boys (Smayan and Swithun). He prefers to spend his leisure time outdoors while traveling, gardening, camping and fishing.
         Associate Veterinarian:
          Banfield Pet Hospital
          20530 E 13 Mile Rd,
          Roseville, MI 48066
          Phone: (412) 956-9469