The Mission of Hope by Dr. Anna Katogiritis
Meet Dr Anna Katogiritis, Global Animal Advocate
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
This is a common saying among those who want to make the world a better place, for humans and animals alike. But in the case of Dr. Anna Katogiritis are not just nice words – she lives by them.
Day after day, Dr. Anna works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals everywhere. From cats and dogs to horses, macaques and even chimpanzees, there’s no creature too “wild” for Dr. Anna is!
Your track record is impressive. Originally from Greece, she has a degree in molecular biology and graduated from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, Dr. Anna provides emergency vet services in the United States covering vacation and maternity leave. However, she also spends part of the year in Asia. Thailand to be exact.
It all boils down to her love for international wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. With passion, hard work and a deep understanding of ethics, Dr. Anna Katogiritis Vet Candy / Pet Candy takes a very special look behind the scenes of her life’s work, supporting (and leading) organizations in the rehabilitation and medical care of wild and domestic animals. Animals.
So, without further ado…
Introducing the global vet making a difference, Dr. Anna Katogriitis!
Fulfilling a need for sanctuaries and volunteerism around the world
Residents of the US are extremely fortunate to have relatively easy access to veterinary services, but the same cannot be said of all countries.
Many places around the world are struggling with veterinary care.
With so many animals in need, it can be difficult for organizations to recruit, retain, and pay for veterinarians. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of endangered animal populations. For example, stray cats and dogs are often the first image that comes to mind for a veterinarian. But NGOs and protected areas that work with wild animals also need regular support.
One such organization is the Jane Goodall Institute.
In 2015 Dr. Anna to the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center. When asked which adventure changed her life the most, Dr. Anna happy about this experience.
“My first trip to Congo to work with the Jane Goodall Institute for Chimpanzee Conservation was life changing,” she says. “It allowed me to understand that we shouldn’t judge other cultures for the way they treat animals or the environment until we know and understand the socioeconomic reasons. I’ve learned the importance of always looking for the ‘other side’ of history.”
From Asia to Africa, Dr. Provided help to Anna – free of charge.
Volunteering as a vet abroad might be a unique career move, but for Dr. For Anna, the intrinsic rewards were immeasurable.
“Everyone should travel to another country at least once in their life, preferably to a ‘developing’ country,” she explains. “It will broaden your horizons both literally and metaphorically.”
Create your own path and create your own dream career
Living with wildlife up close might sound like a dream job, and for Dr. It definitely is Anna.
She has built a life that she loves. Now she encourages others to do the same.
“People will often tell you that you cannot achieve a dream or goal because of your own insecurities, inabilities, and assumptions. You have to learn to block their negative voices and your own fears,” she says. “If you feed on what others tell you, you will often be led astray. You can do anything as long as you work hard and stay true to yourself.”
for dr Katogiritis means leading by example.
She is committed to helping endangered wildlife and works diligently to envision a world where animals are treated better on a global scale and where the environment is not in crisis.
dr Anna’s last words of wisdom?
“We all have something to offer to make our world a better place. As cliché as that sounds, finding purpose can be emotionally fulfilling while also helping those around us.”
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