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Lead Veterinarian/RAR Medical Director
Dr. Aurelian Stefan
Dr. Aurelian Stefan DVM, is the RAR Medical Director. He takes part regularly in spay/neuter campaigns (called "spayathons") leading a team of expert veterinarians and vet technicians who travel around Romania to operate on up to 50 animals per day. He is a pioneer for the humane control and of stray dog overpopulation in Romania. He met Nancy Janes in 2008 and organized the first RAR spayathon in 2009.
Dr. Petrisor Stefan
Dr. Petrisor Stefan DVM, graduated from the University of Bucharest in 2006. Dr. Petrisor has worked along side his brother, Dr. Aurelian Stefan to develop one of the first veterinary clinics in Craiova which became the first RAR/ASNI headquarters. He is also one of the tutors on the The Veterinary Training Camp program and member of the RAR Board of Directors.
Dr. Ruth Osborne
Originally from the UK, Ruth Osborne BS(hons), DVM, first became involved with RAR in June 2011 and within six months she had moved to Romania so she could be more involved with the work of RAR. She gained her veterinary nurse qualification in 2005 and her DVM (veterinary doctorate) in June 2020 from the University of Bucharest. She is also one of the Veterinary Training Camp team.
Dr. Miruna Berzuc
Dr Miruna is one of our most experienced spay and neuter vets. Graduating in 2006 and joining RAR in 2014 she can 30 animals in one day and has participated in ASNI projects around the world as well as all over Romania. "It's really hard work but the best thing is we do is stop the suffering by stopping hundreds and thousands of puppies and kittens being born"
Dr. Ioana Preda 'Lexi'
Dr. Ioana Preda DVM joined the RAR veterinary team in 2013 and she has been a resident vet at the Homeless Animal Hospital in Craiova ever since. She also teaches sterilization surgery techniques as part of the Veterinary Training Camp because she loves sharing her knowledge and increasing young vet's confidence in the operating room.
Dr. Ioana Popescu
Dr. Ioana Popescu DVM, graduated in 2013 from the University of Bucharest and became a resident veterinarian at RAR's Homeless Animal Hospital in 2013. She often participates in sterilization campaigns across the country and teaches safe sterilization surgery techniques as part of The Veterinary Training Camp.
Dr. Roxana-Elena Stan
Dr. Roxana Stan DVM, first started working with RAR as a campaign volunteer in 2010 while still a student and continued as a campaign nurse from 2011 until she completed her post graduation internship in 2012. She is one of our most active spayathon vets and travels around Romania for most of the year, to deliver mobile spay/neuter campaigns. She also operates internationally as part of ASNI.
Dr. Alexandra Nasta
Dr. Nasta is based at the Center of Hope Bucharest where she treats many of our patients as well as participating in ongoing spay and neuter projects. She also is one of the instructors for spay and neuter training for vets across the globe. "I think it is so important RAR supports vets who want to do something to improve overpopulation and welfare of the animals. Training vets who want to do something to improve their skills helps infinitely more animals and is a sustainable welfare solution.
Dr. Daniel Barbu
Dr. Daniel graduated in 2018 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Bucharest. He has developed his skills at the Center of Hope in Bucharest and now regularly operates in spay campaigns around the country as well as in the clinic where he also treats patients in the Homeless Animals Hospital project. "Spay and neuter is one of the most important things we do, without spay and neuter we could not cope with the number of cases of parvo virus, panleukopaenia because of so many uncared for puppies and kittens"
Dr. Andrei Popescu
Dr. Andrei joined our internship program after graduating from the University of Bucharest in 2019 and is active in our ongoing spay and neuter project at the Center of Hope Bucharest as well as caring for the animals in the Homeless Animals Hospital project. " I am grateful for the opportunities RAR gave me when I first began working as a vet. I think its really important to pass this on to the new vets starting so we can keep raising the standards of veterinary care in our country"
Dr. Alexandra Lazar
Dr. Alex joined our internship program in 2020 to improve her knowledge and skills following graduation. She is involved in the day to day cases at the Center of Hope in Bucharest and also participates in spay campaigns both at the clinic and around Romania. "People used to walk by injured animals on the street because they had no way to look after them or cover the cost of treatment. Now the injured strays get treated because people can bring them to us knowing they will be helped. I am so happy we can reduce the number of animals who suffer and die alone on the side of the road because people can bring them to us"
Dr. Andreea Paraschivescu
Dr. Andreea joined the team in Craiova in 2020. She will be taking part in our ongoing spay campaigns as well as treating pets in the Homeless Animal Hospital project. "The best part of RAR is keeping pets in their families, when people couldn't afford vet care they used to just abandon them or pray for a miracle. Now we can help those who need it the most by treating their pets stopping them from suffering or being abandoned."
Valeria has been a veterinarian technician since 1998, working in several veterinarian clinics across Romania. In 2006 she met Dr. Aurelian Stefan and attended her first RAR spayathon in 2008. Valeria helped organize many spay/neuter projects outside Romania, mainly in Portugal and Greece.
Oana joined us at Center of Hope in 2018. She is one of the assistants at the Center of Hope and provides individual care and attention for each and every patient she is responsible for. She also is an active fundraiser to raise money for the dogs and cats we treat as part of the Homeless Animals Hospital project. "We see some horrific cases, animals completely broken, its emotionally hard but we also see some really happy endings where they get a new home, a new family and a new life. It is so important that these animals who have no one to care for them have us to give them the same chance of health and happiness as peoples pets"
Alexandra's passion for animals started as a young child. In December, 2016 her dream of working with the passionate people RAR come true. She joined the Dream Team as a veterinary technician. Alexandra's greatest satisfaction and happiness comes from nursing a sick dog back to health, and from knowing that her dedication to the spay/neuter program has saved hundreds of innocent souls from comming into sufferance.
Laura has been involved in countless spay campaigns around Romania since joining RAR. She is also responsible for patient care at Family Vet Clinic in Craiova where she lives. "For me the spay campaigns are the most important, we get to meet people and give them other help and advice they did not realize is available for them"
Simona started working with RAR in 2014, after a friend introduced her to the team. As a veterinary technician, she learned the true happiness of seeing an inpatient eat for the first time, or using its legs after surgery, or wanting to cry when they go home. Since working with RAR, Simona has come to own four dogs and one cat. It is like a drug: Once you start, you can't stop.
Ana is an assistant at the Center of Hope, where she cares for patients in the Homeless Animal Hospital project as well as assisting with spay campaigns. Her home village is where the Center is based and is active in education of the local residents of how to care for their companion animals. "I am so proud to be part of RAR especially when I see other vets starting to use ways of working and techniques we have been developing"
Ovidiu Stefan Turlea
Ovidiu has been actively involved in animal welfare for many years. He joined us as an assistant in 2019 and is responsible for catching scared or aggressive dogs who require urgent treatment in the area around Bucharest as well as cre of the patients in the clinic. "Being able to provide the right care no matter if they are stray or from a poor family is the key to improving welfare in Romania"
Ana joined us in June 2019 and since them has been expanding her skills and medical knowledge to provide the vest possible care for her patients. She is based in Craiova but also travels as part of our spay campaigns. " I find it so rewarding to show children and young people how to look after their pets and keep them healthy. Maybe one day they will grow up to pass on this knowledge too!"
Flori joined our team in Craiova in 2016 and since then has been involved in caring for the patients in the Homeless Animals Hospital project as well as working as part of the ongoing spay project Craiova. "Our overpopulation and stray animals is such a huge problem it is frightening. It's too much for one small group to do something about alone. That is why I am so happy to be part of RAR as we help train others so that together we can bring down the numbers of strays and improve welfare"
Appointments and Reception
Costinela has one of the most difficult tasks as she is in charge of organizing the appointments for the ongoing spay campaign as well as making sure the sick animals have their appointments too. She is the reason the projects in Craiova run like clockwork. "Being able to treat stray animals is so rewarding. It is even better when they have more of a chance to be adopted because of the treatment and care they have been given"
Ionela is the heart of reception at Family Vet in Craiova since 2016. She is the first point of contact for many people who are looking fo r help and is responsible for making sure everyone gets what they need. "There was no reliable help in Romania for pets from poor families before RAR. Being able to give the same treatment and the same chance of life to pets from people who have no money for veterinary care as those who can afford it is the most amazing feeling. It's unbelievable.
Ema is the first point of contact for all cases coming to the Center of Hope Bucharest. She also manages some of the fundraising campaigns on social media as well as the spay and neuter project within the Center of Hope. "Knowing when people come to the clinic I can tell them yes we can help you makes all the difference. Seeing peoples fears turn into hope is one of the most rewarding parts of working with Romania Animal Rescue."
Ella is a receptionist at the Center of Hope Bucharest. She organizes the day to day running of the ongoing spay project and coordinates with the team to keep things running smoothly. She helps to make sure those who need the most help get what they need. "I have heard of help with veterinary care costs in other countries but never thought it could happen in my country. I am so proud to be part of Romania Animal Rescue and the first project of its kind in Romania."