Ivayla Yozova


Ivayla is a board-certified ACVECC (2017) and ECVECC (2019) specialist.  After obtaining her veterinary degree from Trakia University, Bulgaria (2007), Ivayla pursued a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the National Veterinary College of Toulouse, France (2009).

Her passion for ECC led her to complete a 3-year ECC residency (ACVECC) at the Vetsuisse, University of Bern, Switzerland (2016). Here, she earned her postgraduate doctoral degree for research on hydroxyethyl starches (2015). Prior to her residency, Ivayla worked in a private small animal ECC practice on the French Riviera. She also holds an MBA from the Institute for Business Administration, Nice, France (2011) and a Pain Management Certificate from Medical Faculty of the University of Montpellier, France (2012).

Currently, Ivayla serves as a Senior Lecturer of Veterinary ECC at Massey University (since 2017) and directs their ECVECC residency program. Her dedication to effective learning earned her recognition as a Higher Education Academy fellow. A strong advocate for compassionate care and pet-centric practices, Ivayla initiated the cat-friendly clinic at the Massey University Companion Animal Hospital. Furthermore, Ivayla is a qualified low stress handler and is currently training in feline behaviour with the ISFM.

In research, Ivayla's interests include the endothelial glycocalyx (PhD project), trauma, stress response, POCUS, and minimally invasive monitoring tools, focusing almost exclusively on felines.

Beyond her work, she contributes to Massey University's Veterinary Emergency Response Team and holds certifications in swift water rescue and rope operations.

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