Student Board Advisor (Past-Workshop Coordinator): Catharina Vendl
I graduated from vet school in Berlin in 2011. Currently I am enrolled in a doctorate at the clinic for zoo animals and wildlife at Zurich University in Switzerland. My thesis deals with the digestive physiology and methane production in specific wild herbivores such as kangaroos and sloths.
I am fascinated by wildlife disease research because of the variety of factors which are involved and the challenge to deal with them. Several wildlife related externships in Australia, the USA, France and Germany confirmed my decision to get involved with wildlife. I came into touch with the WDA for the first time after graduation while spending a year in Australia attending the Australasian WDA conference. I got inspired by meeting so many like-minded people and by learning about ongoing research projects. Consequently I decided to get more involved: I participated in the international WDA conference in Lyon in 2012 and in the 5th EWDA student workshop in 2013. I assisted the student board with the workshop fund raising and became country representative for Germany. I am also actively involved in the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV) at the conferences, the student workshop and in helping with raising funds for the workshop. My goal is to promote the importance of wildlife medicine and wildlife disease research among vet students and to increase its incidence in the students’ schedule. Therefore I organized a lecture event at my former vet school.
After having participated in such inspiring events as the 5th EWDA student workshop I am be very happy to become an active part in continuing the amazing work of the student board as Communication Officer and Workshop organizer.