ADVISORY COUNCIL

An Advisory Council judges reserved categories that are not open for public voting in the Animalis Edition of the Awards. The Council is made up of luminaries from the world of pet and animal care.

Dr. Susanna Santhiram-Hofherr

Asia Paws
Austria/Malaysia

Chair, Animalis Advisory Council

Dr Susanna Santhiram-HofherrDr. Susanna Santhiram-Hofherr is a Veterinary Surgeon with qualifications from the Veterinary University of Vienna, Austria.

She is the founder of Asia Paws, a holistic veterinary practice based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr. Santhiram-Hofherr is registered with the Department of Veterinary Services in Malaysia, and is also a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London. She has been in veterinary practice since 1994.

From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Santhiram-Hofherr worked at the Makati Animal Hospital, Manila, Philippines. And, from 2000 to 2002, she worked with Novartis Pharma GmbH in Nuremberg, Germany. From 2003 to 2006 she worked as a volunteer veterinary surgeon with Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Malaysia.

In 2008, after completing further postgraduate studies, Dr. Santhiram-Hofherr received a Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). IVAS is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture as an integrative part of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Santhiram-Hofherr has a unique perspective in that she is both a conventional veterinary surgeon and a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine practitioner.

Originally from Tyrol in Austria, she has been living in Asia since 1994, and in Kuala Lumpur with her Malaysian husband since 2008.

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Dr. Patricia Shuen 孫懿文醫生

Pet Cares Professional Veterinary Services

Hong Kong

Dr Patricia ShuenDr. Pat decided she wanted to be a vet at an early age- she grew up with a Chinese mongrel named Ma Jai and she rode horses whilst growing up in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

After gaining her veterinary qualification from Royal Veterinary College, University of London, United Kingdom, Dr. Pat spent a year working as an equine vet for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Not content with only British veterinary qualifications, Dr. Pat travelled to America and successfully passed the examinations conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Pat enjoyed living on the sunny isle of Australia. It was a great experience where she spent a year “going troppo” in the Northern Territory – working in an equine and small animal practice in Darwin. Dr. Pat took advantage of her time there by taking flying lessons (learning to fly light aircraft). Later, a stint as a vet in Broken Hill (a mining town in the outback) exposed Dr. Pat to a different way of living – since some clients had driven for over four hours just to see her!

Dr. Pat has worked in a number of charity veterinary hospitals in the world, including the Blue Cross Hospital in Victoria, London and the RSPCA in Sydney, Australia. At the RSPCA in Sydney, Dr. Pat was asked to mentor final year vet students from the University of Sydney. Dr. Pat gained her surgical membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2004.

After a long time abroad, Dr. Pat decided to fulfil her desire to return to Hong Kong in early 2006, when she commenced working at Peace Avenue Veterinary Clinic in Mong Kok.

After a year at Peace Avenue, Dr. Pat decided that she would like to provide caring, high quality veterinary service to the Northern New Territories, and after a lot of effort and hard work opened Pet Cares Professional Veterinary Services in Tai Po in June 2007.

In 2010, Dr. Pat was awarded the Hong Kong “Mentor of the Year” award by the Australian Animal Industries Resource Centre (AIRC), for her contributions towards veterinary nursing training.

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Dr. Manfred Hochleithner

Tierklinik Strebersdorf
Austria

Dr Manfred HochleithnerDr. Manfred hails from Vienna, Austria, He studied in University Veterinary Medicine in Vienna and now heads Tierklinik Strebersdorf (Strebersdorf Animal Clinic). He is a diplomat for the European College of Zoological Medicine and is recognised as a specialist for small animals.

Dr Manfred is a Past President of Vereinigung Österreichischer Kleintiermediziner VOEK from 2012-2016, and is its current Vice President. He is a member of the Assembly of Delegates of the Austrian Veterinary Chamber.

Dr Manfred has published 38 scientific papers and is a contributor to seven books. He has also given lectures in numerous countries including Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

He is Founder and President of the conservation organisation Endangered.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Manfred is a PADI open water scuba diver instructor. He is a keen photographer and has published a coffee table book, Underwater Universe Edition Reuss; and has held two photo exhibitions in the Museum of Natural History in Vienna – Die Kunst ist in der Natur and Ruanda Mit den Augen der Kinder. He also produced an underwater documentary for Austrian television, Sea of Creepy Monsters.

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Dr. Hélaine Haltrecht

DMV Veterinary Centre
Canada

Dr Hélaine HaltrechtDr. Haltrecht is a graduate of the University of Montreal Faculty of Veterinary medicine. She has been practicing complementary and holistic medicine using acupuncture and herbs for over twenty years.

She works in a companion animal speciality practice at the DMV Veterinary Centre in Montreal, and teaches a course in Holistic approaches at the University of Montreal, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

She lectures regularly on complementary medicine in Canada, the United States, as well as overseas.

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