A bit about me

My love for farm animals, and especially cattle, was established when I did veterinary practice for one year at Fröstorp dairy farm in Sweden, during 2014-2015. I was given the opportunity to work extensively with newborn calves, both as a veterinarian and caretaker, as well as treat cows with post-parturient metabolic diseases and injuries. Being employed at a farm allowed me to witness and understand the hard work and effort farmers put to their business and their animals,  and also the problems and opportunities that exist when it comes to improving the herd’s health and welfare. After my practice, I continued with a two-year master’s in applied ethology and animal biology at Linköping University, which covers topics in farm, companion and wild animals.

Currently, I am mainly interested in research focusing on bovine behavior, welfare, first aid and critical care, as well as the behavior of feral cattle. However, I do not exclude research and work in other species or subjects – I am always up to the task for exciting projects and ideas! As an ethologist, I wish to work on practical solutions that increase the welfare of farm animals, and the promotion of natural behavior in companion animals and wild animals under rehabilitation.

My complete CV is available for reading and downloading in pdf format. If you wish to know more about my work experience and interests, feel free to contact me or connect with me in selected social networks. I’d be happy to hear from you!

Ημερίδα Ευζωίας – Animal Welfare Meeting // IVSA Thessaloniki

Στις 3 Νοεμβρίου είχα την τιμή να μοιραστώ μερικές πληροφορίες σχετικά με την ευζωία των παραγωγικών ζώων με τους φοιτητές του τμήματος Κτηνιατρικής ΑΠΘ. Θα ήθελα να ευχαριστήσω την IVSA Θεσσαλονίκης που διοργάνωσε για ακόμη μία φορά μια πολύ χρήσιμη εκδήλωση για τους μελλοντικούς κτηνιάτρους, όπως επίσης και τις εξαιρετικές επιστήμονες κ. Αναστασία Τσιγκοτζίδου και κ. Ρόζα Λαγουδάκη για τις πολύ ενδιαφέρουσες παρουσιάσεις τους σχετικά με την ευζωία των ζώων εργαστηρίου! Ένα μεγάλο ευχαριστώ σε όλους τους φοιτητές του τμήματος που αφιέρωσαν λίγο από τον ήδη περιορισμένο ελεύθερο χρόνο τους για να παρευρεθούν στην ημερίδα, καθώς και για την ενεργή συμμετοχή τους με ερωτήσεις και σχόλια σχετικά με τις παρουσιάσεις. Η ηλεκτρονική μου διεύθυνση είναι πάντα ανοικτή προς όλους σας για ερωτήσεις!

Μπορείτε να κατεβάσετε την παρουσίαση σε μορφή pdf στα Ελληνικά. Οι παρουσιάσεις της ημερίδας βρίσκονται αναρτημένες και στην ιστοσελίδα του τμήματος Κτηνιατρικής ΑΠΘ.

On November 3rd I had the honor to present some information regarding farm animal welfare to the students of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I would like to thank IVSA Thessaloniki for organizing yet another very useful event for future veterinarians, as well as the outstanding scientists Anastasia Tsingotjidou and Rosa Lagoudaki for their truly interesting presentations regarding laboratory animal welfare! A big thank you goes to all the veterinary students that devoted some of their already restricted free time to attend the meeting, and also for their active participation with questions and comments on the presentations. My email is always open to all of you for questions!

You can download the presentation in pdf format in English and in Swedish.

Launching “Quick Cow Tips!”

Started a small series of cattle topics with easy-to-follow instructions for farmers, based on detailed posts hosted at the blog. There’s three topics for the time being: oral electrolyte treatment for calves with diarrhea, fixing stiff legs in newborns and minor injury how-to. 🙂

Anyone having cows and feeling like they need some quick reminders can access the files here: http://blog.thunderkit.net/2016/07/05/launching-quick-cow-tips/

Fellow vets are more than welcome to share thoughts for improvement. 🙂

Website fully updated!

After setting up the blog and starting a serious effort of presenting some information on my thesis topic as well as veterinary incidents I encounter in cattle, I decided that the website needed a bit of an update. For ease of management, everything has now officially moved to a WordPress platform, and both website and blog are maintained in English, as an internationally used language. There are summaries of the website in both Swedish and Greek, and particular announcements that target a Swedish or Greek audience will also be made in the respective languages.

I hope you will find the information of the website and the blog useful. Thank you for visiting!

Behind the name: Thunderkit and The Unstoppable Veterinarian

I cannot hide that I have a soft spot for comics and cartoons. The name of my website, “thunderkit”, is a combination of a childhood favorite, ThunderCats, and my chosen heroine of the animated series, Wilykit. This nickname has followed me throughout my years of online activity, and I am proud of still using it as opposed to a more professional “first-name-last-name.net”. The title of my blog (The Unstoppable Veterinarian) has a story behind it that is related to my master’s thesis. You can find a short post about it at the blog.