Memoirs By Dr. Thankam Mathew
M.V.Sc., Ph.D., FISCD.
New Jersey, USA.
My Dear Alumni,
I am glad to inform you that in my family 3 members are
associated with the Kerala Vet.College, as myself worked as
Lecturer and my husband Dr. Z. Mathew and my daughter Dr. Taji
Susan Abraham were graduated from Kerala Vet. College. I was the
first Lady veterinarian, worked as Lecturer as early as 1958 in
the Dept. of Anatomy and Histology with Dr.V Padmanabhan and Dr.
Radhakrishna Kaimal as colleagues.
I choose Veterinary profession as I am fond of animals
especially cats and dogs. When I took my sick cat to the
Veterinary hospital at EKM, I inquired whether ladies will be
admitted in veterinary colleges in India, the then Director of
Animal Husbandry, Kerala State, Dr.Madhava Menon who happened to
be there at that time, told me that Madras Veterinary college is
admitting lady students - for the first time in India. Then as
soon as I completed my B.Sc. in Botany from Maharaja’s college
at EKM, I sent the application and got admission, inspite of
getting a seat for M.Sc. in Botany at Benaras University. I
graduated in flying colors from University of Madras with merit
I joined Kerala Vet. College as Lecturer in 1958, as the first
lady veterinarian of Kerala state. As there was no hostel for
lady students, we were staying in YWCA, Trichur. I brought to
the notice of the then Principal (Dean) Dr.M.N.Menon, the
necessity of a ladies hostel. He agreed and started the hostel
in one of the staff quarters very near the college with 8 lady
students. I then worked as the first Warden of the Veterinary
College Ladies hostel. As more lady students joined, the hostel
was shifted to building where the college was first started in
1955. I worked as Ladies Hostel Warden till I left the college
in 1963 for my higher studies. I was happy to see the new
Priyadarshini ladies hostel when I visited the college later.
Happy to inform that my daughter Dr. Taji Susan Abraham got the
opportunity to stay in the new Priyadarshini hostel till she was
graduated in 1991.
I am also glad to record that I was the first to receive Ph.D
degree as early as 1967 among Lady veterinarians in India, in
Virology and Immunology subjects working on Buffalopox Virus. I
am also the first person to study and characterize the BP virus
as the new entity of pox group of viruses related more to
Vaccinia than to cow pox virus. Due to its zoonotic importance
and great possibility of virus mutation, Scientists of CDC
Atlanta, USA, showed interest in my work.
I also happened to be the first lady vet. in India, to establish
a Publishing Co. - Thajema Publishers in 1987, with the
financial assistance from the Science & Technolgy, and National
Book Trust, Govt. of India. Now I continue Thajema Publishing in
USA and published (edited and co authored) 5 books under the
series "Advances in Medical and Veterinary Virology, Immunology
and Epidemiology" The names of the books are listed below.
1)Cultivation and Immunological studies on pox group of viruses
with special reference to Buffalo pox Virus-vol.1-1987 ISBN
0972759700.(2)Buffalopox Orthopox virus and its Zoonotic
Importance-Vol.2-1993 ISBN0972759719 (3)Modern Concepts of
Immunology in Veterinary Medicine-Poultry Immunology.
Vol.3-2002.ISBN 0972759727,4)Zoonoses and the Contribution of
Disease-Free Pets to Human Health-A Guide for Pet Owners
Vol.4-2004.ISBN:0972759735.(5)Benefits of Herbs and Spices in
Food-vol.5 2005.ISBN: 0972759743.
My hobbies are embroidery and cross stitching ,I made in some of
the books the front coverpages and also embroidered some wall
decorating frames with professional touch for some occasions eg.
Dogs prayer, Cats prayer, graduation prayer etc.
Dr.Thankam Mathew( B.Sc.,M.V.Sc.,Ph.D..FISCD)
Managing Director,Thajema Publishers
31 Glenview DR,
West Orange, NJ 07052,
Tel / Fax: 973-731-6209