This profile was prepared when Nalinika Obeyesekere was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Nalinika Obeyesekere is reforming Sri Lanka’s failing animal care system by improving veterinary education, tending to the country’s large stray animal population, and introducing new commercial opportunities in the animal service industry. She launched the country’s first multi-doctor veterinary practice, and uses a portion of the profits to subsidize free treatment for street animals and promote animal safety awareness. Equally important, her initiatives emphasize a renewed ethic of compassion and civic responsibility throughout Sri Lanka’s war-torn society.
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