Danish veterinarian Dr Mogens Hansen has been presented with the fifth annual Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award. The award recognises veterinarians who have performed exceptional acts of valour or demonstrated a commitment to serve the international community.
Dr Hansen was nominated for the award by the Danish Small Animal Veterinary Association (DSAVA) in recognition of his long-standing involvement in animal welfare in developing countries. He was presented with the award during last month’s WSAVA World Congress 2017.
Dr Hansen owns a small animal veterinary clinic in the north of Seeland in Denmark. In 2006, he founded an organisation called ‘Animal SOS’—now called ‘Vets Beyond Borders Denmark’.
For the last 15 years and, most recently, through Vets Beyond Borders Denmark, he has dedicated his spare time to co-ordinating and participating in more than 15 animal birth control and rabies vaccination programs for stray dogs in India and Thailand.
During Dr Hansen’s time working with Vets Beyond Borders Denmark, it has supported local organisations and veterinarians around the world and has neutered and vaccinated more than 10,000 dogs and cats. Dr Hansen has also supported a range of animal welfare projects in Central America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, and is co-founder of and contributor to www.netdyredoktor.dk, a website he set up with Danish colleagues that has become the most popular online destination for animal health in the Nordic region.
“I am very happy, that my colleagues at DSAVA and at Henry Schein appreciate our work with stray dogs all over the world,” Dr Hansen said.
“It is of great importance, not only for the health and wellbeing of the dogs, but also for preventing rabies and other transmissible diseases in humans, especially children. The award will help Vets Beyond Borders Denmark to continue its work to the benefit of veterinary and animal welfare organisations globally.”