Information about our vet world on the Balkans
First Congress of Bulgarian Association of Veterinary Dermatology held in 27-28th of April, 2017 at city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. There were more then 120 veterinarians from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Greece and Cyprus.
Dr. Emmanuel Bensignor and Dr. Sebastian Viaud, who impressed the audience with the way information was provided, but also the way all the scientific information was presented so to be useful in every-day-practice. They discussed which one is the best elimination diet, which medicine is effective in the control of canine atopic dermatitis and how to use them appropriately? How to do Desensibilisation therapy? How to perform biopsy from unusual places? How to recognize vasculite lesion and how to deal with it?
Vets on The Balkans support BAVD submit one free ticket for 4th Latin American Congress of Veterinary Dermatology to be held in
Merida, Mexico from 13th to 16th of June 2018 and one free ticket for 4th Romanian Dermatology Congress , October, 2017. Their members are presenting clinical reports and the best one will win. All of the cases will be posted in the journal Vets on The Balkans.
Dr Ana Maria Boncea, Vetderm Therapy in Bucharest, Romania
“I would like to thank you one more time for this opportunity. It was great event!! Congratulations for everything! See you soon!!”
Dr Daniela Bajenaru, Tazy Vet Veterinary Clinic in Bucharest, Romania
“Dear Luba, the 1st Bulgarian Veterinary Dermatology Congress was excellent, the lecturers gave us a lot of useful information and the organization was great!”
Dr Adriana Cosma, Conforvet on Bucharest, Romania.
“ Hi Luba! I wanted to tell you that we thank you for everything…we had wonderful time. We liked very much the BAVD Congress and the city of Plovdiv!”
The team of Vets on The Balkans congratulated BAVD for the high professional level of organizing and the brilliant scientific program.
Dr Daniela Bajenaru, working in vet clinic Tazy-vet in Bucharest, Romania with the sponsorship of Pamas Trading SRL have done her externship at Cenral Vet Clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria. Let’s her tell us about it :
My wonderful experience in Sofia at the Central Vet Clinic
It all started with a simple decision to try my luck at a contest organized by the Vets on The Balkans, that was a first step in a wonderful walk. Dr. Luba Gancheva told me about this possibility of externship at the Central Vet Clinic in Sofia, and I said why not, we always have something to learn from those around us.
At the Central Vet Clinic I met only welcoming and beautiful people. The management is at a very high level, they are very well organized. I admired very much their way of dealing with the hospitalized patients and their X-ray techniques.There the doctors, besides their great experience, have all the necessary equipment to establish a quick diagnosis of certainty.
On my first day I remember that I was very impressed by the large number of patients who walk into the clinic, I think they were around 150. They always manage this with a lot of professionalism.
The surgery rooms are very rarely free. I think that the most difficult cases from Sofia (and not only) come to them.
Because my greatest passion in the veterinary field is dermatology, my time spent in the Central Vet Clinic has been allocated , for the most part of it, in the dermatology department with Dr. Iveline Vacheva. For her I have only wonderful words. I see in her a very dedicated doctor, with many ambitions. I had the opportunity to see a lot of interesting cases, one of them was about a young cat with degenerative mucinotic mural folliculitis. I know that this affection is quite rare…so, great job Dr. Iveline!
My days were my own to plan and fill. I had a little time to visit also Sofia. I took a walk on the Witashe Mountains, I climbed up to the Boulder slopes, called ” stone rivers” or “morains” in Bulgarian and in some English language guidebooks.
It was a great experience for me, I left with a lot of practical ideas for home. I will definitely come back again in Sofia to the Central Vet Clinic!
Thanks to the all team for all the goodwill they have shown, they always answered to my questions.
Thank you Dr. Ranko Georgiev for all the kindness, for sure in the future you will do more then that for the Central Vet Clinic!
Thank you Vet on The Balkans, Dr. Luba Gancheva, Pamas Traiding and Tazy-vet, because you made this possible!
In March 2017, Dr Nadejda Tsureva, working at Veterinary Clinic ” Dobro Hrumvane” in city of Sofia, Bulgaria, has done her externship at Centru de Endoscopie si Chirurgie Minim Invasiva Veterinara with Dr Constantin Ifteme in city of Bucharest, Romania.
What is the opinion of Dr Nadejda Tsureva:
“Dear colleagues and friends,
Last month started for the first time our project ” LEARN AND TRAVEL WITH VETS ON THE BALKANS”. Dr Andrey Ginchev from Bulgaria, working in Blue Cross veterinary clinic in city of Sofia, and Dr Cristian Badulescu, main vet and owner of Blue Point Vet veterinary clinic in city of Bucharest, Romania have done their externship at Clinica Veterinara Lago Maggiore – Dr Lugi Venco , Dr Luca Formaggini and Dr Mariangela De Franco. Both of them have stayed 2 weeks. I think is better they to speak about the adveture.
Dr Andrey Ginchev:
I have so many good things to say about this externship. Firstly, it was the best experience of my life! The doctors are amazing,especially Dr Luca Formaginni and Doctor Luigi Venco – the best doctors I ‘ve ever seen in my life.
The team was very well organized,very welcoming and really friendly with me. I met a lot of people from Italy and had great time with them. I became more flexible to changes, more ambitious and more sociable. My desire to travel is increased. Also this practise helps me to gain my confidence in my own abilities,so now I am more self – confident in my work.I improved my English language and also I learned a little bit Italian…,Grazie and Thank you!!!I hope to see my Italian friends again.
Dr Cristian Badulescu :
Before I go to Lago Maggiore Clinic, I looked on the internet to see what’s going on there. I saw them with equipment high-technology facilities. I saw that they are capable and do surgical maneuvers excellent and it’s a veterinary clinic with a very good reputation. I can therefore expect to find here and a little superciliousness, or even some superiority. But it was not so! I found wonderful people, full of positive energy. Highly trained people who know exactly what they do. But what I liked most is modesty and their openness to sharing information. They do not want to hide anything. If you know what questions to put, you get all the information you need. I had the honor to talk to Luca Formaggini, Luigi Venco and Giorgio Romanelli. They are true celebrities in the world of veterinary medicine in Italy. I talked a lot about a lot. The impression to me of all is that all are governed by modesty and good will. So, I thank you Vets on the Balkans for this oportunity to meet great people! Great job! Bright future!
And of course the opinion of Dr Luigi Venco:
It ‘s a wonderful Journal. Open source. Clinical cases and tips useful for the reader. Not just a display of vanity for the authors. Congratulations to the editors for strong expended effort
Dr Constantin Ifteme – Center of Veterinary Endoscopy and Minimum Invasive Surgery
Vets on the Balkans it is more than a promoting platform of all successful projects from the veterinary medicine in the Balkans region. It can be compared with the Olympics of the veterinarians from this geographical area, with major involvement in training and continuous learning of the veterinary community.
Dr Iuliana Ionascu, DVM , PhD, member ESVO
Vets on the Balkans is the meeting point of the specialists, the friends and of the people who have the joy of sharing their experience in areas of interest in veterinary medicine.Vets on the Balkans helped us by placing us in direct contact with specialists and taught us how to work together. The first step is done. The next step is one that I want from the bottom of my heart: to write therapeutic guides together.So, Vets on the Balkans, my dream has to be your accomplishment in the years to come.I love you for what you created. Good luck on your wonderful journey!
Dr Alexandru Diaconescu, DVM, PhD, Senior Lecturer
I think it’s a great idea! All the vets in the Balkans area can learn from each other’s experience, we can share opinions, interesting clinical cases, etc.
I wish you good luck!
Dr Rares Capitan , DVM, resident ECVD
I think is a good interesting idea. I really hope that this project will continue for a long time and collect many vets as want to share their experience. So the whole community from the Balkans will progress in a good way.
Dr Ana Maria Boncea, DVM, resident ECVD
“Vets on the Balkans” is like a fresh air for all the vet’s from every place…Is an open door for sharing your experience, upgrading your knowledge and enjoy the vet’s life spectaculy. Let’s share together all beautiful insides of our job!
Dr Vladislav Zlatinov – Central Vet Clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria
It is so great to have such a professional forum, connecting Balkans (and not only) vets! I literally see people from different countries in the region, getting to know each other because of your journal. The “Vets on The Balkans” deserve all the compliments for your great positive initiative and work!
Dr Stefan Savov- Ditton Reach Veterinary Surgery, England
The journal is a really brilliant idea. I read all the articles. I find some really good examples there. It has proved that veterinarians on Balkans are no worse than the colleagues in the western countries. I wish you more and more interesting cases shared on the pages of the journal and lots of luck.
Dr Mila Bobadova ( Veterinary Clinic “ Dobro Hrumvane” in Sofia, Bulgaria)
We needed that kind of journal at Balkans, a connection spot and an open source. It brings veterinary medicine to a new level, but most of all it helps all the vets from Balkans to get to know each other. For that I am very thankful and I am sure it will make a difference.
Dr Svetlina Aleksandrova ( Veterinary Clinic “Light Vet” in Sandanski, Bulgaria)
Vets on the Balkans is great new way for communication and learning. The reality is that we can not know everything for any condition. The learning process continue until the end of our lives. I love the case reports – a lot of photos and good explications. The Learn and Travel initiative will make a lot of collegues better in their prefered section of veterinary medecine. Please, dr Gancheva, continue to do what you do in the best way – connect!
Dr Liliya Mihailova ( Veterinary Clinic “ United Veterinary Clinic “ in Varna, Bulgaria )
According to me ” Vets on the Balkans “o is one of the greatest way for many veterinarians to communicate and share knowledge and experience. Because is a new and modern way to connect veterinarians not only from countries of Balkan peninsula but also from countries all over the world. Moreover It provides the latest scientific information about news in veterinary medicine and useful personal professional experience.
Dr Spas Spasov ( Veterinary Clinic “ United Veterinary Clinic “ in Varna, Bulgaria )
I want to extend my greetings to the great work you do with the magazine. It is very interesting and useful. I wish to become more known. I wish to be ever visited. I think the idea to united vets on the Balkans is realized.
Dr Vanya Stoyanova – Veterinary Clinic Provet in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Useful veterinary journal,creative realized idea.
Like to read the letters ,interesting posts ,new information for me and classified my level where I am on the market with the Balkan colleagues .Receive information for future symposiums,Conferences and Webinars. Thank You Luba Gancheva & Co
Wish you continue enjoying with your fantastic work!!!
Dr Dimitar Djambazov Veterinary Clinic Sofia in Sofia, Bulgaria
Vets on the Balkans is a unique in its respective category as a journal who strives to connect the countries on the Balkans- a highly diverse and interesting set of countries.
The journal provides easy-to-reach and concise practical knowledge as well as the opportunity for interviews, presentations and step-by-step guidelines for management of specific problems.
From where I stand as a practitioner the case reports are by far my favorite method of acquiring new information in the veterinary field. That is of course after one has a strong basic knowledge on a given subject.
And here’s where the next indispensible role of “Vets on the Balkans” becomes evident. The journal not only acts as a mean of learning and developing oneself as a veterinary professional with blog posts but also serves as a connecting point between the countries and veterinarians in the region, as to promote and organize practical sessions, continuing education projects and various externships. This is indispensible help, strongly appreciated by many and luckily gaining more and more popularity among animal caregivers on the Balkans.
The effort invested in the journal by its creator and her collaborators is immense and undoubtedly greatly acknowledged as we all know how hard it can be to sustain such a project, be a practicing veterinarian at the same time and have a life from time to time as well.
As a young and still lacking a certain amount of experience, vet, I appreciate the Vets on the Balkans journal as a source of CPD, but also as a opportunity to reach and connect to our neighbors on the Balkans.
Dr Emil Ofner – Veterinary Clinic More in Sibenik, Croatia
Task for every journal is to have a good impact factor on its readers. Vets on the Balkans journal doesn’t do just that, but it also successfully ties up vets from different Balkan countries and others. It is the first of its kind in the Balkans and for sure it will facilitate further development of the veterinary profession. Hopefully it will become a great online tool for improvements of veterinary skills and knowledge.
Dr Mario Kreszinger – Veterinary Clinic Kreszinger in Zagreb, Croatia
It very useful easy approachable source of informations we need in everyday Jobs routine.
Dr Nikola Bunevski– Veterinary Clinic Kreszinger in Zagreb, Croatia
Sharing is caring. Every information is priceless. We are working near each other we have similar problems and questions, it will be better for each of us if we share those questions and problems to one another, we will come to answers faster and painless. Vets on the Balkans can serve that purpose.Thank you for having me.
Dr Zoran Loncar- Veterinary Clinic Novak in Belgrade, Serbia
Vets on the Balkan is refreshment and result of people with good energy and wish to improve our region. We live in small countries and if we cooperate together we have better chance to improve ourselves.
Dr Nikoleta Novak- Veterinary Clinic Novak in Belgrade, Serbia
I read the interview you had with our colleague Nikola Bunevski, and I think he said it perfectly; “Sharing is caring. Vets on the Balkans can serve that purpose””Vets on Balkans” is really a great idea and I do wish you all the best on this exciting and high-minded mission.
Dr Marko Novak- Klinika Loka in the city Škofja Loka in Slovenia
I came across VTB when I was scrolling down the facebook and I saw these interesting articles from guys doing great job. I think it is one of those starters that help people to become better at what they do.
Banu Dokuzeylul, DVM, PhD ,Department of Internal Medicine
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
I like reading. One day I found myself reading a case from Vets on The Balkans Online Journal. This subject was one of my interesting areas in veterinary medicine. With this article, I couldn’t imagine a good collaboration and friendship start. With Dr. Luba Gancheva’s support, I was invited to seminar in Bucharest. As I see until today, the journal improves day by day. Instead of giving important information, this journal combines the colleagues on the Balkans. If you want to be a part of a great friendship and have a vulnerable data, you must start to read the journal as fast as you can.
When we see something like this on The Balkans, we are so proud. 1st September was the grand opening of the biggest Digestive Endoscopy and Surgery Center on The Balkans. The guest was Dr Fausto Brandao who is emblematic vet in VeterinaryEndoscopy.
The owner and the main vet is Dr Constantin Ifteme who is 36 years old and it is really impressive, so young and so successful. He creates his own team, full of professional and passionate to veterinary medicine. This clinic and Dr Constantin Ifteme are the evidence that veterinary medicine on The Balkans go straight ahead. They also include in their practice laparoscopic surgery, laser surgery and they have Fluoroscopy machine.
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the interior of an object. In its primary application of medical imaging, a fluoroscope allows the doctor to see the internal structure and function of a patient, so that the pumping action of the heart or the motion of swallowing, for example, can be watched. This is useful for both diagnosis and therapy and occurs in general radiology, interventional radiology, and image-guided surgery.
The team of Vets on The Balkans express their gratitude to Dr Ifteme and his beautiful and kind wife for their support of the journal, for the real friendship and hospitability.
The project intends to assist and support the veterinarians from The Balkans in their desire to upgrade their knowledge and experience in veterinary medicine. They will visit different clinics which are included in the project. The idea is to go directly into practice, to upgrade their own knowledge and experience, to advance their level of practice and generally the veterinary practice on the Balkans.
- Rise the level of veterinary service on The Balkans;
- Improve health status of the animals and stop transmitting of some diseases;
- Improve the financial status of veterinarians by learning different opportunities of management of veterinary clinic and acquiring new skills;
- Better understanding of the meaning of the words “hand by hand we all will be better”;
- Create contacts and future collaborations.
Methods to achieve the goals
We have agreements with different clinics and they will be involved to provide good environment for education and practice:
- Central Vet Clinic – Dr Ranko Georgiev-Sofia, Bulgaria
- Nova Veterinary Clinic – Dr Maria Savova-Sofia, Bulgaria
- Petcode Veterinary Clinic – Dr Ates Barut-Ankara, Turkey
- Regatul Animalelor ( Dermatology Clinic -Rares Capitan – DVM resident ECVD ) – Bucharest, Romania
- Vet Derm Therapy – Dr Ana Maria Boncea DVM resident ECVD- Bucharest, Romania
- Blue Vets – Dr Constantin Ifteme-Bucharest, Romania
- Center Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery Veterinary- Dr Constantin Ifteme-Bucharest, Romania
- Clinica Veterinara Lago Maggiore – Dr Lugi Venco and Dr Luca Formaggini – Italy
- Veterinary Clinic Kreszinger – Zagreb, Croatia
- Veterinary Clinic More – Sibenik , Croatia
- Dierenartsen praktijk – Dr Ann Criel- Kermt –Belgium
- Patisev Veterinary Clinic – Dr Gizem Taktak – Istanbul, Turkey
How can you participate in the project?
The vets can submit their applications (they will receive and fill in a questionnaire).
To receive your questionnaire, send an email to email@example.com.
The vets will receive the agreement from us (Vets on The Balkans) and the clinic chosen by the vet to visit. Depending on the interests of the vet we can recommend a clinic where they can achieve their goals.
The financial sources will be from donations (vets, clinics, companies). We will cover accommodation and trip expenses. The companies can pay directly for a vet (their client), elected by them.
All the money, which come as donations for the project will be transparent and public and easy reachable for every vet.
If you would like to support the project, you can do it! Even with a small amount! Because “HAND BY HAND WE ALL WILL BE BETTER”
You can give your support here:
VETS ON THE BALKANS
PIRAEUS BANK – City of Ruse, Bulgaria
BG44PIRB 8087 1605 7096 72
BIC COD: PIRB BG SF
Please write that the money transfer is for “Learn and Travel with Vets on The Balkans”
The project gives opportunities for raising your knowledge in Cardiology ( Bulgaria, Italy ), Dermatology ( Romania, Turkey) , Orthopedic and Neurology ( Turkey, Croatia and Bulgaria), Endoscopy (Turkey, Romania and Croatia), Exotic animals ( Romania), Surgery ( Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania), Imaging ( Romania, Turkey and Bulgaria) , different management ( Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy , Belgium), Ophthalmology ( Bulgaria) and all standard practices.
We would like to express our gratitude to all clinicians who are open to share their experience and especially to CSAVS (Croatian Small Animals Section) and TSAVA who gave us FREE TICKET for their annual congresses for the vet who will visit the country with the project!!! This is very kind of them and we appreciate OUR FRIENDS!
THANK YOU ALL!
Dr Ates Barut
Dr Lea Keszinger
Dr Ann Criel
Dr Constantin Ifteme
Dr Luigi Venco
Dr Luca Formaggini
Dr Rares Capitan
Dr Ranko Georgiev
Dr Ana Maria Boncea
Dr Radu Boncea
Dr Maria Savova
Dr Emil Ofner
We express our gratitude to our partners Bayer Romaina and Pamas Trading who makes our existence possible.
If you have questions and ideas how to raise our project or something else, please be free to get contact in firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.
Dr. Capitan graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Bucharest (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest).
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.
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!
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”.
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.
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?
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.
The goals of the association?
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 internarional lecturers and also promote “local” specialists that are unknown to their vet community.
3. Future plans?
Continue our annual congress at 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?
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”