In 2005, Dr. Magda received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph in Canada. She subsequently obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College of the University of Guelph in 2009. In 2010, Dr. Magda completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in Manhattan, NY. In her second year of veterinary studies, Dr. Magda organized and obtained funding for a research project investigating saddle related injuries of working Asian elephants in the Thai tourism industry. This project won the 2008 Ballard Award from Morris Animal Foundation’s Veterinary Student Scholars North America‐wide competition. Dr. Magda then traveled to India to investigate saddle related lesions and explore alternatives for riding elephants.
Dr. Magda was also determined to visit and work in Africa, specifically to tend to AIDS victims and children. In 2009, she received travel and financial support from Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VWB/VSF) to take part in a project investigating and training farmers to monitor basic health management issues in goat husbandry and production. That same year, Dr. Magda joined the VWB/VSF Board of Directors to focus on spreading awareness and gaining support for the organization and its projects, which deal with enhancing the health of people, animals and the environment in remote areas of the globe. Currently, she is assisting in the planning of a much-needed elephant hospital in central Thailand that will be located at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, Sukhothai.
Dr. Magda joined East End Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center in mid-July of this year with a special interest in emergency and exotics medicine.