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Introducing Andreia, the Portuguese country rep!

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Andreia Garcês

My name is Andreia Garcês and I graduated in 2016 in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal. I have always been fascinated with wildlife and want

terinary medicine and other areas so that the communication between professionals of different areas will help to conserve the populations of wild animals in the future.

ed to become a wildlife veterinarian. Fortunately, my university is home to a Wildlife Recovery Centre, CRAS-UTAD. During the past years I have tried to follow as many lectures and courses about exotics and wildlife as I could. Furthermore, I have volunteered in Rehabilitation centres, hospitals and zoos.

Together with some colleagues, I formed a student group, and we managed to organise some lectures and workshops about exotics and wildlife animals. Today we have a Facebook page, Silvestris-blog, where we share information about congresses, workshops, and some of the latest scientific information. We cover not only veterinary medicine but also other areas such as ecology or biology.

During my internship, I worked at Wildlife Recovery Centres in Portugal and Spain, where I acquired

knowledge within the veterinary field as well as ecology and biology. Another of my favourite subjects is pathology. So, for my master thesis, I studied the main causes of death and lesions in animals admitted to the Wildlife Recovery Centre of Gaia´s Park Biologic, Portugal. Following this work, it was possible to publish a book about necropsy techniques in wild animals with some of my illustrations (Manual de Necrópsias em animals Selvagens). On top of this, I did an internship in microbiology where I studied antibiotic resistance in bats. Currently I am doing a PhD where I´m trying to continue the line of work from my master, including related anthropogenic pressures, pollutants etc. within the mortality and disease in wild populations.

As a country representative, I hope that I am able op spread the word about the EWDA and wildlife opportunities, nationally and internationally, not only to vet students but also to those that already work within these areas. In that way I wish to improve the knowledge about ve

Looking forward to working with all of you!

Andreia Garcês,
University Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

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