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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.

Lead Veterinarian

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. 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 Mihutescu

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."

Veterinarian Assistant

Oana Lixandru

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"

Veterinarian Assistant

Laura Vaetisi

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"

Veterinarian Technician

Simona Soanca

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.

Veterinarian Assistant

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"

Veterinarian Assistant


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 Nicolii

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 Iovan

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.


Emanuela Vlad

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 Neasca

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."

Spay/Neuter Support

Aura Niculae

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