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Ivayla is a diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She obtained her veterinary degree from Trakia University, Bulgaria in 2007 after which she joined the National Veterinary College of Toulouse, France for a Small Animal Rotating Internship. The following three years she worked in a private ER clinic on the French Riviera during which she completed and MBA at the Institute of Business Administration of Nice, France and a Pain Management Certificate with the Medical Faculty of the University of Montpellier, France. She completed her ACVECC residency in Vetsuisse, University of Bern between 2013 and 2016, including a postgraduate doctoral degree on the topic of “Hydroxyethyl Starch Use in Small Animals”.

Currently she is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at the School of Veterinary Science, Massey University, New Zealand and a part-time PhD student, splitting her time between clinical work, teaching and research. Her research interests, which are exclusively focused on felines, include the endothelial glycocalyx (PhD project), fluid therapy, feline trauma, stress response, point-of-care ultrasound and minimally invasive monitoring tools. She is the hospital’s cat advocate and is passionate about pet-centric practices.


Massey University, School of Veterinary Science Tennent Drive
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui 4410
New Zealand

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