The World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA), together with Zoetis, is proud to announce the winner of the WVPA Young Veterinarian of the Year 2015. He is Dr. Maximillian Sim Kwang Hui, Commercial and Technical Consultant, Southeast Asia, Amlan International. The award was presented at the Association’s Global Congress in Cape Town.

Dr. Sim was chosen by an independent panel of poultry experts who selected him for his outstanding contribution to poultry health in Southeast Asia, and in particular his passion for incorporating natural feed additives with conventional drug therapies. He will receive a $5,000 contribution towards attending international scientific or continued professional development meetings.

Nigel Horrox, President of the WVPA, said the association received a high standard of nominations from all around the world – reflecting the nature of the global poultry industry.

“It is pleasing to see that over the last four years the four award winners have come from four different continents. In Maximillian we have an outstanding individual who is a credit to our profession and to Malaysia.”

Dr. Sim works for a US-based animal health company, liaising with the top 10 poultry producers in Southeast Asia to offer effective, natural, gut health solutions, as well as effective control to various mycotoxicosis. He also believes in the importance of education and travels within Southeast Asia to work with local veterinarians, broiler and layer producer associations, and visits poultry farmers in rural areas to conduct seminars in disease prevention and farm management.

A volunteer within the Veterinary Association of Malaysia, Dr. Sim also assists in establishing guidelines and documentation for professional development programs.

He says: “I’m honored and humbled to receive this award and be recognized by my colleagues in the industry. Across my career to date I have worked to promote preventative gut health and I’ve enjoyed working with producers, veterinarians, integrators and others within the poultry sector. I’m proud to receive this award.”

Dr. Sim began his career traveling Malaysia and Asia to introduce the concept of natural feed additives to promote gut health as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters. He has helped many poultry farms across the region to achieve effective control of coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis through the incorporation of natural feed additives. He also worked with the top 50 poultry producers in China, promoting the concept of ‘Safe Feed for Safe Food’.

Zoetis poultry marketing director Erik Uyttebroek said Dr. Sim has demonstrated a passion for the poultry industry through his work promoting holistic gut health, and has shown a deep commitment to ensuring smaller producers have access to latest technologies and health management tools.