MELVILLE, N.Y., May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today that Dr. Nantarika Chansue, a noted turtle and tortoise veterinarian, is the recipient of the third annual Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award. The award was presented at the recent Gala Dinner of the 2015 World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress (WSAVA 2015), held in Bangkok, Thailand. Henry Schein Cares is the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein.
The Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award honors exceptional acts of valor and commitment performed by veterinarians in the face of adversity and in service to the veterinary community and beyond. Dr. Chansue was honored for improving the lives of autistic, disabled and disadvantaged children, and for promoting animal health, conservation and welfare by fostering therapeutic interaction between children and rescued animals. These animals have been abandoned or affected by natural disasters, particularly the sea turtles and tortoises, many species of which are endangered throughout Southeast Asia.
Dr. Chansue, who specializes in aquatic animal medicine, veterinary forensics and aquarium management, currently serves as the Director of the Veterinary Medical Aquatic Animal Research Center within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Dr. Nigel Nichols, Vice President, International Animal Health Group – APAC Region, Henry Schein, presented the award to Dr. Chansue.
"Henry Schein is proud to continue the tradition at WSAVA of highlighting extraordinary veterinarians who work tirelessly to ensure the health and well-being of the world's animals," said Dr. Nichols. "Each year, we spotlight the achievements of veterinarians such as Dr. Chansue, who is a deserving recipient of this award. Dr. Chansue's many academic and professional achievements underscore her dedication to the veterinary community and her passion to provide care."
In addition to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Dr. Chansue has obtained eight other academic degrees, including doctorates in Marine Science and Educational Administration and four master's degrees. Dr. Chansue is the author of more than 100 publications, including 10 books. Among her many honors, she is the recipient of the "Thailand Outstanding Woman Award 2014." Dr. Chansue also serves as a consultant to the Thai government's Ministry of Environment and Natural Sciences and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. She is the Co-President of the Turtle Conservation Club, Thailand; Vice President of the Art for All Foundation and Center, which conducts art programs for disadvantaged children and children with disabilities in Thailand; and founder of Return Turtle Lives to Nature, a project which has rescued more than 25,000 turtles from Thai Buddhist temple ponds.
"I am truly honored to receive this wonderful award, which shines an important light on the work of veterinarians," said Dr. Chansue. "Conservation, sustainability and veterinary care are key to promoting the continued beauty and diversity of life in our oceans, and the added benefit of helping children through therapy with animals that have been recovered from natural disasters or abandoned by their owners is priceless. I thank Henry Schein for recognizing the importance of this work."
The Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award was created in 2013 by Dr. Nichols, and Dr. John Maclachlan, Past President of the New Zealand Veterinary Association. Henry Schein recognizes the WSAVA annual conference as a particularly suitable forum to present this award by showcasing to the global veterinary community the achievements of veterinarians in regional areas.
Henry Schein Animal Health currently serves veterinary customers in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and 13 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In 2014, Henry Schein's Animal Health business had sales of approximately $2.9 billion.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.
Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. "Helping Health Happen Blog" is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the NASDAQ 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 18,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 29 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.
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