I am Fidu, a vet from South Tyrol Italy. I have been an animal nut ever since I was little and thus, completed a veterinary degree at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Following this, I gained some wildlife veterinary experience during a 6 month Professional Veterinary Internship at the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic providing care for injured, neglected, and orphaned wildlife.
My profound interest in the ecophysiology of wild mammals, preferably those fermenting with their hindgut, led me back to Vienna where I completed an MSc-degree in Wildlife Ecology and Wildlife Management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. In my research, I assessed seasonal “stress” in free ranging Przewalski’s horses (Equus ferus przewalskii) by measuring heart rate variability. At the same time, I gained valuable clinical veterinary experience by working in mixed/equine- and small animal practice.
Now, I am specializing in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia and am enrolled in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. My project investigates the effects of transport on animal welfare in black- and white rhinoceroses.
As the former EWDA Student Chapter Country Representative Austria, I am very motivated to continue promoting the objectives of the WDA among fellow students in Southern Africa. As the human influence on natural systems is growing, the susceptibility for disease in wildlife is increasing- threatening species. Interdisciplinary networking and collaboration are crucial for animal research and conservation and should be promoted amongst students.