RSPCA Queensland Veterinarian Olivia Pozzan said, “Seeing many animals being neglected or suffering needlessly inspired me to want to do something to help. To walk away seemed morally wrong.”
Olivia ventured to the Siem Reap monasteries, gaining the nickname ‘The Barefoot Vet’, to offer her valued expertise and assist in coordinating vital resources. The severity of the issue became apparent when she realised local residents did not recognise the need to care for animals or administer basic health-care.
“One of the main problems is educating the local people that the animals are sentient beings – they feel pain and they feel emotion. They are not just wild creatures. Their welfare is important,” Olivia said.