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Technical staff

Alessandra Farina

Alessandra Farina

Welfare Director and Adoptions Coordinator

Alessandra Farina, while volunteering for many years in the shelter of her city, has a PHD in Pet Behaviour at the University of Pisa and she is a cat behavior specialist.

She lives near Milan together with her beloved cat Gigabyte but visits monthly our facilities in Romania, where she coordinates the adoption department and the internal movement of dogs and cats.

Paola Lazzarini

Paola Lazzarini

Dog Training and Behavior Specialist

Paola, born in Mantova, completely dedicated to animals since 1997.

She has been volunteering in the shelters of her city for nearly two decades. She then followed a qualified training and became canine educator and consultant in rehabilitation relationship between man and animal.

Vegan and respectful of the rights of all animals, Paola has been actively supporting Save the Dogs’ project since 2006, regularly travelling to Romania to train the local staff and socialize the most challenging dogs.

For long time she has been the President of the organization.

She lives together with dogs and cats of different nationalities but all, rigorously rescued.

Dr. Miet Van Dijck

Dr. Miet Van Dijck

Veterinary Director and Clinic Coordinator - Veterinary Surgeon, MRCVS, PgCertIAWEL

Miet qualified from University of Ghent, Belgium 1995, and has been in small animal practice ever since.

She moved to work in the UK in 1997. She volunteered multiple times for charity/ ngo’s in Greece, India and Bosnia, getting involved with stray animal population control, rabies vaccinating projects and providing training to local vets.

Miet gained a post graduate certificate in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law, University of Edinburgh, 2016.

She enjoys yoga, horse riding and country side walks.

She has been with STD Romania since August 2016.