Dr. Mathew C. John is veterinarian by profession with the academic qualification of M.V.Sc., Ph.D. and he has retired as the Professor and Head Department of Wildlife Sciences, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai under the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, the first Veterinary University in Asia. He was instrumental for starting the Department of Wildlife Science at Madras Veterinary College and also started the M.V.S c. course in Wildlife science, the only college to offer the M.V.Sc. course in wildlife science in India. He has been a post graduate examiner, both for M.V.Sc., and Ph.D., to many universities in India. He has served in various committees in the academic side of the Veterinary University. He has over 85 publications in the scientific research journal both in the National and International level, and many popular articles to his credit. He is in the small animal practice for the past 35 years.
He was an Academic Council and Research Council member of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and animal Science University. He is also member of Worldwide Fund - Nature India, Chennai Naturalist Society and in zoo outreach organization. Central Government, under Ministry of Environment and Forest has appointed him as a member of Central Zoo Authority of India, the apex body responsible for enhancing the role of zoos as institution for conservation breeding.
He is a pet lover from his childhood and has keen interest in dog shows from his college days. He entered the dog game with a standard smooth Dachshund, Cinbob's Cindy. He has bred many champions in Standard Smooth Dachshund, Basset hounds, Whippet, Retriever Labradors, Tibetan Spaniels and Spitz.
Dr. Mathew C. John is the Vice-President of the Madras Canine Club, affiliated to the Kennel Club of India. He is also a managing committee member of the Kennel Club of India. He has been regularly contributing professional articles to the Indian Kennel Gazette, the official magazine of the Kennel Club of India.
He is an all breeds judge in the Kennel Club of India Panel and has been judging many shows all over India, Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Kennel Club), Australia (Murray Valley Kennel Club, Forbes Eugowra Kennel Club, Hobart Kennel Club, Tasmania Toy Dog Club, The Winter International Ch. show Sydney, Winter classic Ch. show Sydney, Marion Kennel Club Inc. 55th anniversary Ch. show Adelaide), Bangkok and Singapore. Invariably after the Shows Club organizes a professional discussion with him to clarify their professional doubts of canine breeding problems and treatment of problematic cases.