Greetings from General Director

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Gen Kato
  • President, Daktari Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Owner/Director, Daktari Animal Hospital
  • Permanent Representative, Daktari Animal Hospital Group (21 practices in total)
  • Invited Faculty/Visiting Professor-College of Veterinary Medicine & Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine /Ambassador of Hokkaido University(since 2018)
  • Affiliate Faculty Member, Dep of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences-CSU (since 1986)/ CVMBS Ambassador to Japan
    (since 2011)
  • Chairman of the Board-General Incorporated Foundation J-HANBS(since 2000)
  • Founder,2nd, 10th, 11th Past President, Special Adviser for scientific affairs-JAHA (est. 1978)
  • Past Vice President-IAHAIO (1995-2001)
  • Adjunct Professor-Beijing Agriculture University, Veterinary College (since 1994)
  • Adjunct Professor-Chiba Institute of Science (2008-2017)

Gen Kato

Daktari Animal Hospital was born in 1964 as “Animal Care Hospital” to treat animals as little as birds and as large as elephants, in Suginami, Tokyo. It became the first animal hospital in Japan built on the philosophy of the “human animal nature bond”. Currently, we have 4 hospitals in Tokyo; the Tokyo Medical Center in Shirokane, and 3 branch hospitals in Nakameguro, Yoyogi and Kugayama. During our 50 years of history, numerous veterinarians have left to start their own practices throughout the country, and there are now 21 hospitals that belong to the Daktari Group.
We provide treatment for the happiness of both the animals and their families in accordance with our HANB (Human Animal Nature Bond) principle, and aim to deliver advanced medicine in all veterinary fields based on the veterinary medicine in USA, where it is most advanced, equipping ourselves also with the newest medical technologies. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is one of the most basic medical principles. We take this to heart and focus more on periodic health checks and advice-giving to prevent disease more than the treatment itself.
To realize this, our staff members are not only professionals of their own departments but also constantly strive to achieve the next higher level. We are affiliated to the renowned animal hospital in the US; Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. By interactions with them and other veterinary colleges, we assimilate world standard veterinary knowledge and skills.
For the ultimate client satisfaction, we consider that team care including the families, and better communication skills are inevitable. Therefore Daktari Animal Hospital have developed and introduced several systems that were completely new to the animal hospital industry. We are confident that due to these characteristics, our hospital can provide the best environment for veterinarians whose goals are to become specialists or to open their own practices in the future, and for others who wish to pursue long careers as veterinary nurses and other staff members.

Biography of General Director



 Born in Kobe, Japan in 1932. After graduating from College of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University (‘56), he set off his lifelong veterinary career as a zoo veterinarian at Kobe Oji Zoo (’56 - ‘62) and opened up his own practice “Daktari Animal Hospital” in Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan in 1964. While he has been developing three practices, he has held a teaching post successively starting from Kansas State University (1973), to Colorado State University, California State University, Florida State University, and up until this day in Colorado State University where he is an affiliate faculty member.


 Honored the Excel Award in 1987 and the Waltham Award in 1994 from the American Animal Hospital Association as the first foreign veterinarian. In 2001, was presented the Most Prestigious Award, the First JAHA Award, from the Japanese Animal Hospital Association, which had been authorized by Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, working on upgrading hospital standards and intensive continuing education in small animal veterinary medicine advocating importance of Human Animal Nature Bond for peace and sustainable growth of civilization since he established with founding members in 1978.


 In 1973, translated “Kirk-the Current Veterinary Therapy”, the bible of small animal practice, into Japanese and then published 44 American textbooks of all disciplines in small animal veterinary medicine, 4 books of veterinary technicians and 3 books of human animal bond including Leo Busted “Compassion-Our Last Great Hope”. Authored books such as “How to Take Care of Dogs”, “How to Take Care of Cats”, “Care for, with Animal-assisted Therapy, the Mind of the Elderly People”, and “Training Your Dogs by Praising”.
He has consistently dedicated himself in introducing the world most progressed small animal veterinary medicine and education of the U.S.A., improving the standards of small animal veterinary practices and fostering specialty groups, promoting activities related to the human animal nature bond in Japan. He founded Japan Human Animal Nature Bond Society in 2000, and initiated the world first HANB education and its corresponding courses for training HANB instructors for children. In 2007, he was the first Asian recipient of the Pioneer Award at IAHAIO Tokyo and in July 2013 awarded in honor of Longstanding Service to IAHAIO at Triennial International Conference in collaboration with 150th annual convention of AVMA in Chicago. In 2008, he was appointed as an adjunct professor, Chiba Institute of Science due to launch the official and world first curriculum of “Science of Human Animal Nature Bond”. In September honored the Award of Lifetime Achievement of Human and Animal Welfare from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.


 In June 2011 honorably appointed a College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) Ambassador to Japan since 2011. In 2012, newly reorganized NPO Japan Human Animal Nature Bond Society into General Incorporated Foundation J-HANBS and appointed as a President. He opened Daktari Animal Hospital Tokyo Medical Center in Minato, Tokyo. In April 2014 J-HANBS was approved as Full Member of IAHAIO and in September he was the first Japanese, internationally 13th recipient of the Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award at WSAVA in South Africa 2014. Also, he received the Honor Award from Japan Small Animal Veterinary Association in 2015. In 2016 appointed Invited Faculty/Visiting Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine & Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University. In October 2017 received the Ambassador of Hokkaido University and the Honor Roll Member 2018 of AVMA. Please follow my Twitter and Facebook.


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