“Sharing is Caring” . How we exchange experience on The Balkans?


Romania and Turkey!

One of the goals of the journal Vets on The Balkans is vets from that region to know each other and to find easier and cheaper way to upgrade their knowledge , experience and skills. We have so much good vets at our region and is easier to go from Bulgaria to Turkey, or from Romania to Serbia and learn what you are interested in.13020132_10153846384832935_145849298_n

We are more than happy that is already reality. Dr Onur Catar from Pet Code Veterinary Clinic in Ankara, Turkey visited Dermatology clinic of Dr Rares Capitan , resident ECVD.12992870_10153846383907935_796095468_n

Dr. Capitan graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Bucharest (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest).13022364_10153846386352935_862538900_n
He is member of ESVD – European Society of Veterinary Dermatology

Dr. Capitan is passionate about all areas related to veterinary dermatology. His hope is that, in Eastern Europe, veterinary dermatology services be elevated to international standards.
In recent years Dr. Capitan has attended and graduated multiple intensive courses, seminars, and workshops, facilitated by famous dermatologists veterinarians in Europe and the United States, including:
ESAVS (European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies) – Vienna
International clerkship at Ohio State University – Dermatology and Otology

Recently he was accepted and has been participating in a veterinary dermatology residency under the guidance of Dr. Chiara NOLI DVM Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary dermatology.


Dr Rares Capitan in Bulgaria!

He was as well guest as a consultant in 2 veterinary clinics in Sofia, Bulgaria!

When Dr onur Catar came back home in his daily job, he starts using his knowledge from Dr Rares Capitan.

This is the most important thing in our life, not only professional. “Hand by Hand” we all will be better!


Thank you guys for all! You are Vets on The Balkans!


Sharing is Caring ?


Dr Ates Barut with 3 beautiful romanian vets in Petcode Veterinary Clinic

What means the words “work ethic “?
I am sure, everyone has different answer. It depends, first you are employee or manager or owner of veterinary clinic.
If you are employee, for sure, you think about your relationship with your colleagues in the clinic, where you are working. May be you have “problems” with some of them. But it is so normal. Veterinarians on the Balkans, and not only, work a lot of hours. When we spend a lot of time with someone is so normal to have different points of view, because we are different people and we cannot be the same.
If you are manager or owner of veterinary clinic, you think about you colleagues, who are owners as well and they are your “competition”. It is again the same situation- “different people, different concepts”.
Veterinarians are more passionate, more ambitious, more powerful part of the humanity. Sometimes they are so purposeful in this, to be the most professional, to be the best. And we all forget that we all are at first people. We all have our own battles, our own fears, emotions problems, which are outside veterinary world. So, we all go to work every day with our “luggage”.12794640_1670287506578190_2957541388445004614_n1936380_1670287533244854_3334487040095222071_n
If we try to see with “the eyes” of the other, if we help and support each other , we all will live in better veterinary world.


Dr Robert Carst with the brilliant team of Blue Cross Veterinary Clinic

We are really proud and happy to announce that it happens on the Balkans. Dr Anca Cucos, Dr Bianca Bofan and Dr Gina Girdan, all of them PhD students in Veterinary Faculty in Bucharest, Romania, they are doing their internship at PetCode Veterinary Clinic in Ankara, Turkey. We would like to express our gratitude to the owner and main veterinarian Dr Ates Barut for the hospitability and for his “sharing” of knowledge and experience. Other veterinarian from Bucharest, Romania , Dr Robert Carst from Speedvet Veterinary Clinic starts his internship of Orthopaedy in Blue Cross Veterinary Clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria. We would like to express our gratitude to the owner Dr Borislav Georgiev and the whole brilliant team for everything!
You guys show us what means the words “SHARING IS CARING”
Lets be better people!

2nd Edition of Emergency and Critical Care Congress 16-19th March , 2016 in Bucharest , Romania ! Meeting with the president of the romanian emergency association Dr Adrian Iurcenco!

What and who are RoVECCS?


Dr Adrian Iurcenco , president of RoVECCS

Roveccs started with the idea that united we ca do more for our field of interes, veterinary emergencies and intesive care. Only working toghether a community can have progress. Eastern Europe has so much to recuperate in relearning about this concept, putting our differences aside and be united by our common needs and goals. Most of us will be colleagues for life.11026102_1550419758557761_3297873491495676768_o

The goals of the association?


1st congress of RoVECCS

For a balkan vet it is so much more difficult to keep up with what’s new. Trips to other parts of Europe are quite expensive for us and not too many are in english. So we decided to create our own local congreses and courses (cheaper) with internarional11009850_10153119568237417_3891522322505065948_n lecturers and also promote “local” specialists that are unknown to their vet community.

3. Future plans?

Continue our annual congress 10295408_1547925162140554_352863685833066334_oat the highest level possible and (hopefully this year) start a series of multiple day seminars for small groups of 30 to 50 vets, that can give a deeper insight into emergency medicine and not only.

4. Who is Adrian Iurcenco?


Dr Adrian Iurcenco


Dr Adrian Iurcenco

That is almost philosophical and what I have been asking myself for a while .
I grew up in communist Bucharest, waiting in line for food and ice cream and barefoot in the hills and woods of Romanian countryside; later, in the refugee campus and schools of Holland. Finished my vet studies back in Bucharest and some more advanced vet studies arround Europe.
Now I own an emergency veterinary clinic with an ambulance service (Speedvet), two akitas with which I hike the Romanian mountains sometimes and (in my free time) I preside Roveccs.

5. What do you think about the level of veterinary medicine on the Balkans?

I think that the level in rural parts of the countries is much lower than in the cities, compared to the rest of Europe and that needs to be changed. I also think that Eastern vets are doing much more efforts to be competitive than their Western colleagues and even though we are still far behind, the progress is faster than what they had so far.
The key is to keep going to scientific events and be passionate about their preffered subjects. Passion is what we have plenty of, just needs to be smartly directed in veterinary science .
Go to congreses and seminars and apply the science in your daily practices!

6. What do you think about Vets on the Balkans?

Plenty of space to grow, great future if you keep up the good work. You unite our need for a healty veterinary community, where we can be confortable among colleagues, learn new things and know what else is going on in our “neighbourhood”

Dr Valentin Nicolae….The most special person on The Balkans!


Dr Valentin Nicolae

Who is Dr Valentin Nicolae? Let’s people say this:

1.Dr Wolfgang Dohne

Vice president of FECAVA
Owner of  Virginia Water Veterinary Clinic


He has been at his association’s FECAVA director for many years and I always found him very pleasant and approachable.

With his help the Romanian association has progressed a lot over the last 10 years and his association is now running a very successful annual congress.

Valentin very much enjoys the social side of FECAVA and is a surprisingly good dancer.


Senior President of AMVAC

Both he and Robert Popa are outstanding representatives of their association.

2.Dr Robert Popa

Vice president of AMVAC/RoSAVA

Owner of O&R veterinary clinic



Dear Valentin! You are that kind of persons who never gives up. You had a dream to make a a decent veterinary association in Romania and you did it. You were the first, you were the leader, sometimes the dictator but you never ever avoid to take responsibilities. No mater that it was a good thing, when it is easy, or a bad thing, when is the moment of truth of for real leaders. It will always be a pleasure to shake your hand, have nice talk in a beautiful environment, near a good glass of wine. Thank you my friend and keep going!

3. Dr Tache Epure

The president of Romanian Feline Medicine Society



Valentin I’ve known for many years, before AMVAC site to represent something veterinary medicine in our country. Charismatic personality made him noticed which I had meetings at various congresses, conferences or Work-shops related to pets, but also the great value professional after … which is currently on a human quality is excellent but a young spirit, always searching for new. Generous with colleagues and friends but especially young doctors who always showed them everything he knows, and many of them now being competitors, doctor Nicholas stands today as a true thought leader, always consistent, punctual and good organizer.

3.Dr Sinziana Radulescu

The President of Hemopet Blood Bank

There are some people that you meet and then your whole world changes forever. I think this is actually a popular subject for essays in English tests: write an essay about a person that changed your life! Although this is not an English test, it still feels like that’s what I’m doing here.

I remember being so young and naïve with no clue on how a carrier in veterinary medicine should look like. I was so proud of being part of the biggest veterinary event in the country: AMVAC/RoSAVA International Congress. I will never forget Dr. Nicolae Valentin’s words: “It takes a lot of passion and a fair amount of craziness to make this possible.” I understood right then, whatever it is that you do, it takes passion and a fair amount of craziness if you want to do great things.

“See, all of this here is possible thanks to you!” he used to tell us, a bunch of 2nd year vet students who knew nothing about life. I did not completely understand then, but I understand now the power of leadership. If small animal veterinary medicine in Romania had only one leader – Dr. Nicolae Valentin would be the one. He can bring people together to share his passion and craziness until perfection is achieved. He would ask for your help and you would feel grateful he did. He would give others credit while he would stay humble and smile.

On top of all this, Dr. Nicolae Valentin is one of the first vets to go abroad and bring the world back to Romania through his small animal clinic in Ploiesti. “My prices are not low, I have to admit. If clients are not able to afford them I will gently recommend them to go to my competition, where they would still get good service. But our prices are the product of all the things we have learned and all of the investments we’ve made to keep our medical services at this standard. And this is something I care too much about.” What a valuable business lesson, don’t you think?



I feel the luckiest person in the world to have met him and worked with him to achieve a common purpose: make the veterinary world in Romania a better place. His influence will always guide my actions: Think big. Be passionate. Be crazy. Stay humble. Work hard. Do the impossible! 

5.Svetlina Aleksandrova, DVM, Member of ESVD

     Owner of Lightvet Veterinary Clinic

We met a couple of years ago in Budapest and my first impression of him as a positive, kind and very dynamic person stays the same for years. Now I can add that he is a real treasure as a friend, as a vet and as a part of our society!12189380_428904733970157_5303852493900633428_o

6.Dr Rares Capitan DVM, resident ECVD

Owner of Veterinary Clinic Regatul Animalelor

Dr. Nicolae is more then a role model, he is full of inspiration. I have known him since I was in 9th grade in high school and the experience I gained in his clinic has followed me throughout my career. I believe that most of the successful vets in his town and more have worked in his clinic for a period of time, either during their university years or at the beginning of their career. Most important to me was his strong nice character, good heart, high professionalism, charisma, and his interaction with people.

7.Dr Daniela Enache,DVM,M.Sc.,PhDS

member of the team Vets on The Balkans

Few years ago, a new world was opened to all Romanian veterinarians with the contribution of an optimistic, proactive veterinarian and his team. Being a professional and loving his job, Dr. Valentin Nicolae, dedicated with enthusiasm his time to big and interesting projects from which AMVAC is one of them, but as well he started also a successul activity in his own clinic. By organizing several veterinary events for the vets from everywhere, dr Valentin Nicolae showed to all that continuing education is an useful and important part of our job, who complete the clinical activity. For me, dr Valentin Nicolae is an extraordinary example: a wonderful veterinarian with successful career, a trusted friend who helps you unconditionally and who will never disappoint you, finding solutions for any situation

I’m very happy to be part of the world that he created! Thank you for all!!!12322532_1640029786270629_4467346060229231885_o

8.Dr Luba Gancheva, DVM, M. Sc. Infection diseases, PhDS

The main editor of Vets on The Balkans

Dr Valentin Nicolae…. hm…He changed my life! He was the person who invited me first time in Romania and now I am living in this country! Who is he? All the words will be not enough to describe his personality! He is real leader, the best organizer, wonderful vet , but when you look at his eyes the you can understand who is Valentin. So much goodness in one soul ! THANK YOU that I met you and I can be a part of your professional road and not only!

9. Dr Gizem Taktak

TSAVA director for FECAVA and WSAVA

Owner of  Ataşehir PatiSev Veteriner Kliniği

When I first saw him with a pleasent smile and thought about what I will going to talk in long way trip. And on our way I saw very polite and open person if he can not speak fluent english. I am very happy to meet him and find my father in Romania. 1397077_761534410585943_5276769957689416636_o


12346841_10208357516479226_277332268_nVet TommyDVM Goran Tomišić1, DVM Olgica Derota1, DVM Davor Ninković2
Veterinary clinic Tommy1, Veterinary clinic Radionica2, Belgrade, Serbia


On the basis of long term use of continuous infusion of fentanylindifferent orthopedic procedures (pelvic, front and hind leg fractures, cruciate ligamentrepair and spinal surgery), we wanted toexplore the effects ofremifentanil, considering that they belong to the same group of opioid analgesics. Moreover,remifentanil is not widely used as fentanil in small veterinary practice. All surgical interventions were performed underisoflurane general anesthesiaandpremedication with medetomidine (intwenty six cases) and acepromazine (in sixteen cases). All patients were in good general condition (28 dogs and 14cats), age of six months toten years with no history of other diseases. Analgesic effect of remifentanil was extremely powerful and has directly decreased isoflurane MAC. Based on ourresultswe can concludethatremifentanilis powerfulanalgesicwith very short duration.

Based on the extended use of continuous infusion with the syringe pump of fentanyl (CRI) in different orthopedic procedures, the effects of clinical efficacy ofremifentanilas analgesic for these procedures which are very demanding in terms of analgesia. Surprisingly, given that they belong to the same group of the opioid analgesics, we have expected to obtain similar results to the effect of analgesia, side effects and speed of recovery from anesthesia. In fact, the continuous application in adminstering the drug has created remarkable savings in the reduction of the quantities used, as opposed to either timed dosage of remifentanil or the classic or CRI fentanyl application.

Materials and Methods

During surgery wewere not able to use artificial ventilation under general anesthesia. Each patient has received premedication with atropine at a dose of 0.02-0.05 mg/kg with the aim of prevention of bradycardia.Furthermore, the premedicationdrugs used, weremedetomidine at a dose of 10mcg/kg (0.01 ml/kg) for dogs and 50 mcg/kg (0.05 ml/kg)for cats and acepromazinefor both dogs and cats, at a dose of 0,06 mg/kg. Propofol was used for induction in a range from 1 to 4 mg/kg.After intubation was administered, continuous infusion of remifentanil which was followed by a significant decrease in the percentage of the isoflurane anesthetic in the range of
0.5% to 1,5 %.The dose of CRIremifentanil was in a range from0.4 to 0.1 mcg /kg /min, which is comparable to the recommended dose of fentanyl is 0.2 mcg /kg /min.During anesthesia monitoring analgesia was continuously matched to the frequency of heart rate, frequency and volume of respiration, arterialblood pressure and oxygenation of tissues(4).Forty two different orthopedic operations were carried out under this anesthetic protocol without visibleproblems on monitored parameters.


12363956_10208357516239220_1054842213_oThe tables(Table 1. and Table 2.) show the varying concentration of Isoflurane in CRI administered remifentanil vs fentanyl.
In 28 dogs, the remifentanil dosage from 0.1 to 0.4mcg/kg/min (M=2.357, SD=1.062). Average concentration of Isofluranebeing 1.036% (M=1.036, SD=.470).
In 18 cats, at the same dosage level of remifentanil gave 0.92% of isoflurane (M=.920, SD=.275).
In comparison with our previous experiences with fentanyl (dosage being 0.2 mcg/kg/min, M=2.000, SD=.000), that was averaging 1.4% isoflurane in 30 dogs (M=1.400, SD=.000) to 1.2% isoflurane in 16 cats (M=1.200, SD=.000), the usage of remifentanil gives 0.37% (t=-4.248, df=56, py0.01) lower consumption of isoflurane in dogs and 0.28% (t=-4.067, df=29, p<0.01) in cat.

12356300_10208357562600379_671735595_oThe effect of analgesia was markedly potent, having direct impact on the decrease ofisoflurane in 60 % of MAC|(1). Recovery is easy and tree times as fast than if we had used fentanyl. The length of the surgical procedure did not affect the stability of the patient. When we used remifentanil CRI with propofol for induction of anesthesia, nausea and vomiting were nearly non-existent. In addition to the low frequency heart rate,there were no significant hemodynamic changes in the circulation. In some (11 dogs) patients, mild defecation was observed.

AMVAC/RoSAVA Congress 2015

17618_853276644745052_6817822360719382112_n (1)Every year in november AMVAC(RoSAVA) organize their annual congress. This year the team of Vets on The Balkans visited this gorgeous place Sinaia, which is a small town in a mountain area in Romania.


The exhibition





The congress is very well organized. There were 4 rooms with different subjects and big exhibition

Speaker as Chris Lamb, Michael Lappin, Bruno Pierone, Norin Chai and Federico Fracassi made this congress priceless. They shared their knowledge and experience with over than 700 participants from the Balkans. This year around 100 bulgarian vets visited this event. There were vets from Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.




Veterinary Management

There were many games of the sponsors with different prizes, gala dinner and nice meetings with a lot vets


Orthpedic workshop


Orthopedic workshop


Dermatology workshop


Feline Medicine Day with Dr Michael Lappin


Ophthalmology day


Beautiful Romania !!!


Vets on The Balkans

Pre –congress day was good organized with 5 workshops- Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Orthopeady, Feline Medicine and Imaging

Thank you AMVAC about your hospitability and especially to Dr Valentin Nicolae, Dr Robert Popa and Dr Timen Andrei.

2nd Annual Dermatology Congress of SRDV in Bucharest , Romania


2nd Annual Dermatology Congress of SRDV

” What are the causes of hair loss? Focal and diffuse alopecia”


Professor David Lloyd – PhD, DipECVD


Anette Loeffler – DrMedVet PhD DVD DipECVD MRCVS


John Hardy – DVM Dipl ECVD


Prof. Viorel Andronie


Dr. Rares Capitan, Resident ECVD

was the subject at 2nd Annual Dermatology Congress of SRDV in Bucharest, Romania. Speakers were : Professor David Lloyd – PhD, DipECVD; Anette Loeffler – DrMedVet PhD DVD DipECVD MRCVS; John Hardy – DVM Dipl ECVD, Prof. Viorel Andronie, Dr. Rares Capitan – Resident ECVD, Dr. Boncea Ana-Maria – Resident ECVD, Daniela Enache – DVM. M.Sc. PhDS

The Romanian Veterinary Dermatology Society (SRDV) is an association founded in 2014 by eight veterinarians and university professors from different institutions, all of them driven by the same passion for Veterinary Dermatology.

All of the income and profits obtained from sponsorships, taxes, congresses and professional meetings, are dedicated to our current activities such as specific event organization, scientific and research activities and other initiatives of common interest for its members. The official language is Romanian.


Dr. Boncea Ana-Maria – Resident ECVD

SRDV is task oriented in publishing original studies realized with classic and modern methods in the field of Veterinary Dermatology and Dermatopathology and related departments, registering as a society who promotes professional and medical knowledge.


Daniela Enache – DVM. M.Sc. PhDS

Also, The Romanian Veterinary Dermatology Society (SRDV) is oriented towards forming and promoting opinions about the research made in the field of Veterinary Dermatology and it is engaged as well in maintaining a dialogue or sharing thoughts about the research and its impact on the Dermatology practice.

Our goals include improving our clinical experience, organizing high quality scientific events attended by international figures from ECVD and ACVD, and publishing clinical cases or specific cases that need a special clinical approach. SRDV particularly addresses to veterinarians, but other professions related to this field are targeted as well.

At the same time, SRDV will translate in Romanian and offer to its members for medical guidance, different Guides of Procedures and Diagnostic and Therapeutic Protocols, known and recognized worldwide.

The team of Vets on The Balkans were guests at the congress and we would like to express our gratitude to SRDVand especially to Dr Rares Capitan!

Our colleague Dr Daniela Enche was a speaker there, proud of you!


2nd Annual Dermatology Congress of SRDV


2nd Annual Dermatology Congress of SRDV


2nd Annual Dermatology Congress of SRDV


Dr Robert Popa


2nd Annual Dermatology Congress of SRDV


Bulgarian vets at the congress

More info : http://www.srdv.ro/

Association?…..What means this?

Conceptual symbol of multiracial human hands making a circle on white background with a copy space in the middle




  1. A mental connection or relation between thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations.
  2. An organized body of people who have an interest, activity, or purpose in  common; a society

Based on the fact that this word has the same meaning all over the world, word which means  “connection between conceptions” , it makes me think about myriad veterinary associations in which we all are members. Many and so different associations , every single country has association of small animal practitioners and many others for  ophthalmology , dermatology . They are so many that sometimes we are confused.

Society…. If we feel our colleagues as a society, if we are part (member) of this society and if we know the meaning of the word “society”. Because “society” and “responsible “ are words that go “ hand by hand”.


As a vet in one of the Balkans countries, I am thinking whether our associations on the Balkans are working with the consciousness that the word “association” means likeness, analog and etc. Whether our presidents of our Balkan associations ask regularly their members, if what they do is analogue with what the members expect?  Whether what they do , is what members expect? ….  “  the connection” between thoughts , ideas is still there?

The concept and the platform of any association…..if every single member read or has a possibility to read…a lot of questions which every single vet who is part of an association suppose to have in his/her mind.



I really hope and strongly believe our associations will never forget the meaning of the word “association”. Every single vet should ask himself if he knows in which association he wants to be part and why he is a member, as well as the presidents and the boards of these associations  inform and work for the intersts of veterinary society and for the members!

Dr Iuliana Ionascu- representative professional and wonderful soul


Dr Iuliana Ionascu

She is one impressive woman….  person with capital letter “P”. I am writing this article from the bottom of  my heart and with big pleasure that I can do this.

I saw her for the first time on AMVAC annual congress , then one guy pointed her out  and told me “ this is our professor of ophthalmologic in the University ,she is wonderful lady”. I saw how many people went to her and spoke and hugged  her. Some part of me was jealous that Romanians have professor like her.

At the next meeting with her , we already were talking about PhD opportunities and she invited all Bulgarian vets who are interested in ophthalmology to visit and stay with her at Veterinary Faculty in Bucharest, Romania. Impressive … I have never seen something like that. She is open, so lovely person, ready to do everything for her colleagues from foreign country.

She is born 11october 1967 in the city of lernut, Mures county. She graduated in  Bucharest Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, class 1997.
She begins her teaching activity in 1998 at the Necropsy Diagnostic Department of the same faculty, under the guidance of Associate Professor Dr Anca Lungu.
She continues her teaching activity in the Surgery Department where in 2005, under the guidance of Professor Dr Ion Miclaus, she presents her PhD thesis entitled “Clinical aspects, morphs-pathological changes and treatment in lens pathology in dogs and cats” .
The published scientific papers and books are mainly in the veterinary ophthalmology fields. These include clinical research, comparative therapies , morphological and microscopes aspects of different lesions of the ocular globe and its annexes.

Invited to International and Romanian scientific meetings as a speaker, she proposes subjects that answer veterinary practitioners questions and she brings the most up-to-date information regarding the diagnosis, ophthalmological surgical techniques or comparative therapeutic plans.

As a president of the Romanian Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology she is the initiator and the organizer of specialized workshops and conferences.

She is perfect example of excellent professional. She is model for good job and if I have half of her way of working I will be proud . When I saw her for the first time at her work place, in the faculty clinic… she is like a wind. She is working and around her have a lot of students, PhD students. All of them love her. She is born to be a teacher. If every country has one vet like her we all will live in better world! We all can learn from her , not only ophthalmology, we should learn how to be better people , how to help and support each other, how to share our knowledge and experience, how to share our possibilities with the other people!

RESPECT and REVERENCE  Madam Ionascu !!!!!!!!!!

(how they called her in Romania)


We all are proud to be part of your life and professional way!


How she works




with her students

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with friends



with her PhD students






she is real Friend