Malwina Kovalska

Malwina Kovalska

PhD student

Room number: TBA 10.16

Malwina has been passionate about helping animals since childhood. She knew that her only career choice was veterinary medicine. In 2015 she obtained BSc and in 2019 master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine fom the University of Life Sciences (SGGW) in Warsaw, Poland. While studying she got awarded for her research on invasive forms of parasites in urban sandboxes.
After graduation, feeling itchy to discover new cultures, she moved to Nepal and Thailand. For 4 month she volunteered as a veterinarian in various nonprofit small animal clinics. During her stay in Asia, she saw animals suffering from ocular diseases and was saddened by the lack of qualified veterinarians who could help them. By bicycle, she made the journey back to Europe to broaden her ophthalmology and clinical knowledge. She moved to the UK to complete a rotating internship at a referral hospital followed by a one-year internship in ophthalmology.  There, her interest in scientific research increased and she completed a study on cataract surgeries outcomes that she presented at the 2017 British Veterinary ophthalmologists Meeting.
Malwina is a strong believer of the “One Health” policy, where one of the main principles is that human health depends on its surrounding ecosystems’ health. Given the main research topics of VetEpi team at the UZH is ”One Health”, this was an obvious career choice for Malwina who is currently as a PhD candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her research focuses on a clinical trial that aims to validate novel treatment for corneal ulcers, a devastating disease in humans and animals.

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