Sara Grau Camps
Degree in Veterinary Science
Internship in Wildlife Population Health 2022-23
Wildlife is a topic that always concerned me. Habitat loss, climate change and anthropogenic effects in wildlife biodiversity and emerging infectious diseases made me release that I want to investigate and work with other professionals to achieve a One Health approach to deal with the current situation and protect wildlife ecosystems, as well as investigating how etiological agents circulate within wild populations, preventing disease outbreaks and creating protocols to help us to know how we should react in these cases.
I studied Veterinary Medicine at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, finishing this last June 2022. During these studying years I could start to gain my first experiences in wildlife, doing my practicum in collaboration with the Natural Park el Cadí-Moixeró, where I took part in the different projects they had. I also did my final degree project monitoring a chamois’ population (Rupicapra pyrenaica pyrenaica) in a hunting reserve located in the same natural park. Moreover, I spent my last fall semester (2021) as an Erasmus + student in the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences where I took some courses related to wildlife management and conservation.
Right after finishing my studies, I got a scholarship in GREFA, a wildlife rescue shelter in Madrid, where I worked intensively in the laboratory and carried out some microbiology analysis to assess the prevalence of bacteria that can cause diseases in birds and reptiles such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, Escherichia coli, and doing protocols for surveillance of antimicrobial resistances, among others.
When I came back to Barcelona, I started to work as a small animal clinic vet, so I could improve my skills in some procedures also needed while working with wildlife. Currently, I have a job in a hospital where I work during night shifts and weekends, so I can combine it with the Wildlife Population Health Internship.