Special education program
I had the chance to attend a one-week internship in December 2018 at the Central Vet Clinic in Sofia. I recently heard of the Vets on The Balkans project from colleagues sharing the same passion: Cardiology. Thus, with the help of organizers Luba Gancheva and Pamas Trading I managed to come to Bulgaria to meet wonderful people.
The clinic is located in an area with green spaces, next to a zoo. I had a warm welcome and attention from Dr. Ranko Georgiev, who presented his colleagues and the tour of the clinic. It has a reception hall, a corridor to the large workroom. On the right corridor there are 3 consulting rooms, and on the left 3 imaging rooms. One for radiology and two for ultrasound. Also on the ground floor there are 2 surgical halls. In the basement there are the admissions stations, the meeting room.During my time here, I attended various cases of general medicine, emergency and surgery, but most of the time I spent in the cardiology department with Dr Marin Buckov, Dr Hristina Shukerova and Dr Ranko Georgiev. I have remarked their dedication to this discipline as well as vast experience in cardiology. They participated in numerous workshops and international congresses. I have witnessed many cases, both common like PS and AS, DCM, MVD, HCM, and distinguished, such as a Labrador with Cor Triatriatum Dextrum, a Jack Russell with Revers PDA. As far as cardiology is concerned, in the clinic can be made specialized consultations and any kind of interventions for solving cardiac diseases in dog, cat and exotic animals. Performing the necessary investigations in a timely manner, Those in critical situation are interned, stabilized and monitored. There are always staff checking out the clinical signs and administering the medication.During my time at the clinic I was impressed by the qualities of this team. I have met respect and common sense both towards people, animals and love for medicine. I witnessed an emergency in which a small dog was sprouted by a wild boar and had an open chest wound and internal haemorrhage. He arrived in hypovolemic shock. They quickly organized a mini intervention team and stabilized the puppy in 30 minutes. 5 people quickly took clinical signs, performed intubation, artificial respiration, 2-member venous approach, restored volley, stopped bleeding. In 15 minutes the surgery room was ready, and the surgery team performed the closing of torax. The next morning, this dog was barking and eating like nothing happened.I was impressed by a doctor who received a chinchilla with kidney failure. The animal was in critical condition since receiving had serious prognosis and died, but this doctor did not stop for 2 hours trying to save it.After this experience I can hardly wait to get back in our practice and apply the new working methods learned here. I attach some pictures of Dr. Ranko‘s interesting cardiology cases to which I have attended. I am very greatfull for this experience.
Vets on The Balkans express their gratitude to Centra Vet Clinic and Dr Ranko Georgiev for being part of Learn and Travel and as well to Pamas Trading for the strongly support as always!
Central Veterinary Clinc – Sofia – October /November 2018
To go to certain places you need friends, and sometimes you will find friends simply by hitting them in while you’re going through life. A rumor, a link and a helping hand at the right time if you know how to accept them will open your world. Luba, I met her through a rumor, my colleague Stefan made my connection and my helping hand came from Pamas Trading . And I accepted the challenge but a bit different from what was initially planned.
At first I was asked what I liked and I answered – Soft tissues surgery… when I got there I was asked again – What do you like? And I answered – ALL and I had the opportunity to see ALL at the clinic in Sofia .
I saw a waiting room full of people that was held by three receptionists. I went to three meeting rooms on a long hallway leading to the triage / urgent reception area, and in one corner a lab with all of a dedicated man surrounded by books. I went back through two ultrasound halls and stopped in a radilogy room used to its maximum value.
Many surgeons can be operated at once and I have enjoyed the idea and the fact that each surgeon has an anesthesiologist who will do his job very well, the surgeon being strictly focused on the surgical side. I have attended and participated in routine and to more complicated operations (new or older fractures remedies, chronic cases without hope of resolution). Through the hard work of dedicated people ,animals with no hope of healing, resumed their lives, and I have learned new things.
In the clinic everywhere is always a line. A line on which doctors walks and split the chaos of order. I tested my own skin because I tended to go into the surgery without a mask … it was a good lesson.
I saw smile, confidence and knowledge and felt the strength of a team. I have received the required information without retention, I have debated cases and I was involved in a differential diagnosis … I have seen desperately recovered cases but also the last breaths of patients for whom nothing could be done.
I have known dedicated doctors only for overnight patients focused on continuous monitoring, I have communicated with specilalists on exotic animal ,cardiology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, reproduction, neurochirurgia, orthopedics, dermatology, endoscopy, oncology … and I was pleasantly impressed of their level of knowledge and the fact that they want to share whit their colleagues the informations without asking for anything in return.I have been invited into their world for a short time to be witness at high-quality veterinary business build on trust and respect. Thank you Ranko Georgiev for accepting me in your house.
“Thanks to Vets on the Balkans and Luba Gancheva, I had a chance to spend time from 14th do 22nd October this year at a great Central Veterinary Clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The clinic is amazing, with everything that you think you might need for veterinary medicine. Great place, which has stationary, x-ray, two amazing ultrasound machines, great laboratory, operating rooms, 24h service etc. and above all, experts in all fields of veterinary medicine, team that is not only made of great doctors but great people. First of all, I would like to thanks Dr Ranko Georgiev, who is amazing cardiologist with huge experience and unselfish of giving his knowledge to others. Open to all my questions and willing to answer all of them and explain everything from echocardiography, cardiology, x-ray and also abdominal ultrasound. As I started to write about cardiology, I had chance to meet Dr Marin Buchkov, a young doctor, who works alongside Dr Georgiev and probably is a future of Bulgarian cardiology. Now, about abdominal ultrasound that I am professionally interested in, I have to thanks Dr Miroslav Genov, expert in reproduction and Dr Kaloyan Voichev, who had patience for all of my questions and luckily I will attend at least one of his ultrasound workshops in the future.
Also, I saw some interesting cases in ophthalmology thanks to Dr Janica Dencheva. Interesting part of my externship was meeting Dr Gergana Georgieva and Dr Melinda De Mul, who are interested in exotic animals. Even I don’t have so much contact with these kind of pets, they explained me a lot of cases and give chance to see, for example, an ultrasound exams and x-rays of exotic. Also I had chance to see and learn from Dr Yordan Stoyanov, Dr Nadia Mihalopoulou and Dr Yordan Yordanov. Special thanks to (of course also great doctors) Dr Tome Peychinovski, dermatologist and ultrasonographer and Dr Iva Dimitrievska, who spend her free day for tour of Sofia with me , and gave me that privilege to meet their family and spend the beautiful day with them.
There wasn’t just work. We also spend very pleasant night out with delicious food, drink and talks, speaking in Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian and English. Contacts that I made during this stay at the clinic are, hopefully, something that will last for a long time. I was really lucky to have opportunity for this externship, thanks once again to Dr Luba Gancheva and great invention, Vets on the Balkans.”
She is telling us more about it:
“I had the great opportunity to spent the last week of September at Dierenartsen praktijk in Kermt, Belgium with the amazing Dr Ann Criel and her team.
The clinic is well structured and very good equipped. From the beginning I was greeted with smiles, open hearts and good clinical discussions.
Every morning began with some good coffee, discussion of the daily schedule and treatment of the hospitalized animals. Then we continued with the assigned operations and examinations.
Due to my interest of soft tissue surgery Dr Ann invite me in the operation room and I assist her from the first to the last operation. Without hesitation she answered to all of my questions, she explains every step of the operations, and she allowed me to do a lot of things by myself. She is the kind of doctor that you can learn a lot from, because she has the experience and the patience.
Almost every day we had some great lunches – with Dr Ann’s family, team members and friends. I tried some delicious Belgian dishes in the company of amazing people. Everyone that I met was really nice, smiling and intelligent – it was a pleasure to met all of them.
I want to thank Dr Ann because she opened her practice, her home and heart for me. Thanks to her team and family and of course one big Thank you to Vets on the Balkans- it was an amazing week.
Ilinca Zarinschi, a tech vet from Cluj, Romania has done her externship at Clinica Veterinara Lago Maggiore, Italy with Dr Luca Formaggini and his amazing team. She will tell us more about this experience:
“How it all started
I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Luba Gancheva for the first time at the Feline Medicine Congress in Bucharest, talking about her amazing project, Vets on the Balkans. I was so impressed I decided to approach her and find out more.
She explained to me that, as veterinary technician, I could improve my knowledge and skills by signing up for her amazing programme and she thought the best option for me might be Clinica Veterinara Lago Maggiore from Dormeletto, Italy.
So, two months later, I was finding myself flying over the Italian Alps not knowing what to expect from this new adventure.
I took off from Cluj-Napoca, Romania on the 1st of August.
After a long flight and many delays, I landed on Malpensa Airport. Alberto, one of the nicest vet techs I’ve ever met, was waiting for me. He drove me to the Clinic and then to the Crazy Pub where Dr. Luca, Dr. Sara, Dr. Marta and Dr. Giulia and Dr. Cecilia were waiting for me, with arms wide open. It was such a lovely evening, I could hardly wait for the next day to start!
The clinic and the team
My first impression was that the clinic is well equipped and highly organized. Everyone was really eager to explain and share their knowledge with me, even though there were certain subjects I was not familiar with (like operating the Radiology and CT units).
I was very impressed with the surgical ward, Dr. Luca being one of those doctors that you can learn a lot from, having both the patience and experience to share from.
One thing that I am very grateful for is that they taught me how to preform and epidural, something I don’t get to do everyday.
We had various discussions about protocols regarding anaesthesia, vaccinations, post-op therapy and I learned a lot of useful information, which I already passed on to my colleagues.
During the 12 days I was there, I got the chance to experience a bit of the Italian lifestyle, I travelled to Milan and explored the surrounding area. I fell in love with Italian cuisine and warm summer nights spent with the girls, we shared stories and experiences and the most important part, I got the chance of rediscovering myself and what I was capable of.
I was really sad I had to leave, it was the best experience I’ve had abroad, I would love to be able to go back one day and I highly recommend it to everyone who is willing to broaden their horizons.
A big special THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to Luba, who encourages and empowers me everyday, to Dr. Luca and his lovely, amazing team, to Giulia – who is also the best room-mate that anyone could want , to Marta, Sara, Mariangela, Cecilia, Anna, Chiara, and Alberto (Nayra and Nina too). And a big thanks to Pamas Trading, for making this happen, of course.
Also, I would love to remind you, guys, again, that we have better cannulas but you have prettier pink alcohol, haha.
My best regards and warmest hugs,
Ilinca, “the hybrid” vet tech
Dr Ivana Jovandin, veterinarian from Serbia, attened our education program Learn and Travel with Vets on The Balkans. She did her externship at Central Vet Clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria. Let her tell more about it:
Thanks to Vets from Balkan and Luba Gancheva, I had a chance to spend a week in April at a great Central Veterinary Clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria. The clinic is spacious, well equipped and the place where you can see the “state of art” veterinary medicine, and colleagues who work there are exceptional in various fields and together make a great team that is capable of finding the best solutions even for the most serious and difficult situations. It was a special pleasure to get to know and spend time with Dr. Melinda De Mul and Dr. Georgina Georgieva who work with exotic animals that I am professionally interested in. It was great to exchange our experiences, since in Serbia number of colleagues who are interested in exotic animals is very low. In addition to the work that is closely related to the profession, it was extremely useful to see the organization of work in such a large team where every person knew their task at all times, and everything was managed in order to provide better quality prevention, diagnostics and therapy of pets. Although the time I spent at the clinic was short, it will serve as motivation to strive to improve myself constantly, since the knowledge I got from working there with my colleagues is the experience that cannot be measured. The acquaintances and contacts made during the stay at the clinic are also something that is invaluable and something that will last for a long time. Enriched with this wonderful and unique experience, I believe that I have moved in the direction of what we all strive for, and that is to be, above all, better people and only then better veterinarians. And that’s why I am so thankful to Dr. Ranko Georgiev, Luba Gancheva and Vets from Balkan on everything!
Impressive! These people are our ” future”. They are so young with strong passion and willing to grow and improve their knowledge. Vets on The Balkans will start campain to support their programs and to open new opportunity for them. We ask all our partner to support our new cooperation, because they are our future and they will make the life of our kids better.
INTERNARIONAL VETERINARY STUDENT’S ASSOCIATION – BUCHAREST
-Led by volunteer veterinary students around the world;
-Founded in 1951
– Our mission: “to benefit the animals and people of the world”
Individual exchanges (2-6 weeks)
The annual congress (in summer)
Symposium (in winter)
Other local events
IVSA in Romania
IVSA Cluj – Napoca (2008)
IVSA Timișoara (2010)
IVSA Iași (1991)
Learn and Travel……. stories from the vets! Dr Florin Cristian Delureanu at Clinica Veterinaria Lago Maggiore!
Let’s them to tell us:
Dr Luca Formaggini:
Florin Cristian Delureanu is a young Romanian veterinarian who came to Clinica Veterinaria Lago Maggiore as a member of a two-week-externship project created in collaboration with Vets On The Balkans.
It was a wonderful experience for all of us to have the possibility to work and confront with Florin. He showed devotion and proficiency in a lot of fields during his stay at Clinica Veterinaria Lago Maggiore; in fact when we met him, Florin first told us he was interested in soft tissue surgery, but he also showed passion for intensive care unit, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging and he took part to all the activities of our Clinic.
He was able to confirm that passion for study and continuous professional upgrade can help advance the level of practice and the ability to do the best for our patients.
One of the most interesting parts of this project is the opportunity to deal with different realities and compare the various guidelines and protocols adopted by different veterinary structures.
“Hand by hand we all will be better” is the endearing motto of the project and we hope this will lead to further future collaborations between Vets from different countries.
Dr Florin Cristian Delureanu:
First of all I want to say that I felt lucky that I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Clinica Veterinaria Lago Maggiore and I will tell you why.
From the first day I was greeted with smiles and open arms, and after I met the whole team, we began to discuss clinical cases in the clinic and ways of approach. I realized they are polite and friendly. They were very careful with me from the beginning until the last day (when we celebrated with a special cake tasting).
The members of the clinic are well organized, they treat with great importance and care of each patient and I enjoy seeing that they work as a well-connected team.
The clinic is well structured with many rooms equipped with special equipment useful for many procedures. I was very excited about the equipment of the clinic and I said “yes,” surely there will be a lot of action here and so it was. With a large number of cases, the team devotes a lot of time to saving the animals.
Speaking of relaxation, Lake Maggiore gave me an unforgettable view, spending a few breaks on the shore. We also relaxed spending the evening in town. In one of the evenings I was with some colleagues in Rocca Borromeo Park to admire the lights on the other bank of the lake. I decided at the end of the period to miss half a day from the clinic to visit the Borromean Islands.
Due to my desire for plastic surgery and reconstructive and wound management, I stayed close to Dr. Luca Formaggini. He answered all my questions, was opened to all of my discussion topics. He explained to me in detail and with patience every step which should be followed in all of the surgical interventions that took place over the two weeks. I also want to thank him for allowing me to use one of the endoscopes. I have greatly appreciated this aspect. He is funny and have open mind.
I also thank Dr. Sara Manfredini for having been patient with me and it was a pleasure for me to put pressure on her shoulders. He explained my anesthetic protocols and other procedures. I was like a needle in her spine. I think the best word to describe her is – kindness.
I want to appreciate the other team members: Mariangela De Franco, Luigi Venco, Andrea, Giuditta, Elisa, Paolo, Margherita, Marta and Salvo. I also received the science from you
Thanks for science and for memories!!!!!!!!
Thanks Vet on the Balkans and to all people who support this program. You do a great job. Well done!
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,