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Interview with the SAC veterinarian: Three questions for Dr. Anca Tomescu

2013-01-25

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FOUR PAWS veterinarian Dr. Anca Tomescu has dedicated herself to stray animal care for 13 years . In this interview, she talks of her every day life in the mobile animal clinic, about great successes and about things she will never get used to.

Dr. Tomescu, please describe your daily work in stray animal care? When do you get up, what part of the work consumes most of your time?

AT: 70 percent of my work is directly with the animals. I treat and operate mainly dogs and cats. However I will treat any animal in need - including horses, cows and ferrets. In the evenings, I sit in front of the computer, where I do my planning, management and report writing. My daughter Sara plays with the dogs in the meantime, which we have brought in from the street – and asks loads of questions. I get up every day at six o clock, prepare Sara for Kindergarten and go to work. At least, that’s my routine when I am in Bucharest.

During your work, you are often confronted with massive animal suffering. Apart from the fact that being able to help them may give you comfort –how do you handle all the pain that you witness?

AT: This is the dark side of my work. I will never be able to get used to the fact that humans intentionally harm animals. I cannot get used to wickedness, stupidity and evil intentions. Neither my head nor my heart understands that and the eyes of suffering animals haunt me. At some points, you cannot avoid desperation. But I go on and help, and I refuse to forget. Because if you forget the pain of the animals, their pain was in vain and was inflicted to other animals as well. What I see, I tell; I talk about the fact that animals are suffering. At some point, it must have some effect…


Can you estimate how many strays you have neutered and medically cared for yourself?

AT: We work as a team - drivers, animal handlers, workers in the clinic and veterinarians. We provide our medical services as a whole, and all parts are equally important. But our team will have castrated approximately 150,000 animals since 2000.
We work hard and on different levels: In the field, lobbying and in campaigns, in order to convince the responsible authorities, that mass killings are no way out. Naturally, we still have a long road ahead of us, but adequate new laws and strong well trained teams will lead to more changes in the interests of strays. My motto is: Just go on, for the animals!


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