My name is Johanna and I am excited to announce myself as Sweden’s second country representative! After two years of “time off” I am about to start my fourth year of veterinary medicine in Uppsala (because apparently one needs to finish at some point!)
I wish I could be one of those people saying that becoming a veterinarian always was a childhood dream now finally coming true. Honestly, I don’t even know or remember when the veterinarian-bug hit me! But by know it feels like there never really was any other choice. I mean, what could possibly be a better job than to save animals? Oh that’s right, working to preserve wildlife!
My interest in wildlife and conservation was also something that sort of sneaked up on me. There was no big, life changing experience that brought me here. Rather many small but crucial encounters with wildlife and nature suffering from different anthropological activities. To have this real life experience of the human impact on the planet and to see what it does to its nature and the animals living in it was something that changed my perspective of the world. While traveling I have worked and volunteered with marine conservation in Mexico and elephant rehabilitation and reintroduction in Thailand and India. Animal welfare is another affair of my heart and I’ve been volunteering with animal welfare organizations in Tanzania and India as well as being an active member of Veterinarians Without Borders – Sweden.
The love I developed for our huge friend the elephant brought me to last year’s EAZWV Summer School in Elephant Medicine in Zürich were I for the first time was introduced to the EWDA family. I absolutely fell in love with this community of engaged, inspiring, “daring-to-dream-big” group of students that I am now super excited to be a part of myself! At the moment, Tina and I are working to engage the local veterinary students as well as planning events at our university in Uppsala.
Looking forward to meet you all in the future!