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Carmen Laura Garreta Celemín

Qualifications 

Degree in Veterinary Science

Position 

Internship in Wildlife Population Health 2022-23

Overview

Since I knew that I wanted to become a veterinarian, I have developed a great interest in the role that animals play in the natural ecosystem. It was not until the last years of my degree that I discovered the possibility of working in biodiversity conservation medicine, from a veterinary perspective. Now collaborating as an intern alongside the WildCoM research group, I would like to further develop my knowledge and skills in this increasingly needed field and get involved in new research projects with the prospect of working on it in the future.

Background

Although veterinary career has generated in me a deep interest in the protection of wildlife in natural ecosystems, I worked as a collaborating student at the Complutense Veterinary Clinical Hospital for 4 years, in large and small animals clinic areas and mainly in anaesthesia speciality. After this period of time, I decided to specialize on the world of veterinary conservation medicine, focusing my future work, as far as possible, towards this field.

 

I started collaborating with RAINFER (Primate Rescue Center), doing its intensive course of veterinary medicine in primates. Later I developed my external internship at FIEB (Foundation for Research in Ethology and Biodiversity). I wrote my final degree project on “Anaesthesia of Great Apes” and I finally graduated in Veterinary Science at the Complutense University of Madrid in 2021.

After graduating, I worked for six months as an assistant veterinarian at CIWY (Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi, Wildlife Rescue Center in Bolivia).

 

Finally, the requirement for a less focused vision on the individual and my interest on the One Health approach, made me applied for the Wildlife Population Health Internship where I am currently working.

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