A bit about me

My love for farm animals, and especially cattle, was established when I did veterinary practice for one year at a Swedish dairy farm, 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 problems immediately after labor. Working 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 possibilities 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. My education will be completed June 2017.

My goal is to continue with a doctorate degree in the field of farm animal welfare. Currently, I am mainly interested in research focusing on bovine behavior, welfare, first aid and critical care, as well as the behavior of feral and wild cattle. My veterinary interests are primarily focused on newborn care, and first aid for farm animals and wild animals in rehabilitation centers. 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. 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!

My full 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!

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.