My name is Miriam Dibbern, and I am about to finish my fourth year of vet school in Copenhagen, Denmark. Originally I come from northern Germany, but Denmark has become my second home during the past few years. Nature and animals have always been a big part of my life, and it was an easy decision to start at vet school. Unfortunately at the Danish vet school there’s barely any focus on wildlife research, although Denmark has some decent marine and terrestrial flora and fauna.
In search for a broader field in veterinary medicine and an inspiring international vet student community, I started to look beyond the Danish boarders where I found the International Veterinary Student’s Association (IVSA). I also stumbled over a perfect possibility to meet up with wildlife-interested students from all over the world: SYMCO in South Africa. The 18-day long symposium that is also called ISWU (International Symposium on Wildlife Utilization), undoubtedly stands out as one of the most amazing experiences in my life both socially and professionally.
Inspired by this community of wildlife-enthusiasts, I and a handful of European SYMCO-delegates joined the EWDA Symposium in Liège back in November. Besides being introduced to the EWDA Student Chapters, I was taught how diverse the term “Wildlife” is and I learnt about all the different possibilities in wildlife research and conservation. Subsequently, it came quite natural to continue as the new country representative for EWDA Denmark.
My plans for the future are to create a community of wildlife-interested Danish vet students, and thereafter to get the Danish chapter more involved in the international EWDA family as well.
I strongly believe in sharing knowledge and experiences for the sake of the community, and I hope that the Danish students’ chapter will serve as a platform for that purpose. We are stronger together!
On a personal level, I am currently searching for a Master’s project on the local wildlife in Denmark, hopefully about wolves. This summer I am attending the NOVA MSc Course: Nordic Zoo, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine in Norway, which I am really looking forward to! Maybe I’ll meet some of you there?
Cheers everybody, I look forward to meeting you!