Saturday, August 10 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM| FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION
Join us in the galleries of National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Satore with Founder of Veterinarians International, Dr. Scarlett Magda who will be talking all about elephants!
Dr. Scarlett Magda is a veterinarian with a passion for raising awareness about the interconnectedness of human and animal health and tackling the root causes of zoonotic disease transmission and animal welfare issues. She has over 10 years of international experience working with organizations ranging from the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, Foundation for AIDS Orphaned Children in Uganda, Elephant Family, UK, the Belize Zoo and the Ministry of Environment in Costa Rica. She had sat on the board of directors for Veterinarians Without Borders Canada for five years prior to moving to the United States. Her involvement in international veterinary medicine started in 2007 while she was a veterinary student designing an elephant saddle project investigating skin wounds in Thailand and India. This project honored her with the Ballard Award for Wildlife from Morris Animal Foundation and is the only work on the topic that has been published in the scientific literature to date. She later participated in a goat health project in Mbarara Uganda which demonstrated to her the clear link between human and animal health through brucellosis prevention work. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2009 she moved to New York City to understand how the veterinary profession was engaging in global health issues. Working with dogs as an emergency clinician in New York made Dr. Magda wonder about the role dogs play in human health in other parts of the world. This curiosity led her to participate in a rabies prevention project in Todos Santos, Guatemala which is led by our local partner, the Global Alliance for Animals and People (the GAAP).
Having a love for the arts, Dr. Magda was a visionary in using film and art as a medium to raise awareness for wildlife conservation, and acted as Executive Director for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, responsible for bringing it to NYC in 2012. In 2013, in an effort to raise awareness about local conservation issues and the plight of the ocean, she co-hosted an event screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Planet Ocean in her local Hamptons community. She is also a huge advocate for oyster growing given they are the most sustainable animal to grow, and was responsible for bringing East Hampton’s first public oyster garden program in partnership with the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery, and the South Fork Natural History Museum to life this past May.
Spending years researching and networking she realized there was a need to unite the strengths of the United States into a single network of veterinary health professionals which could provoke and support a national and global health platform for change. With a passion for raising awareness through multiple platforms, emphasizing collaboration, and a strong belief in “not reinventing the wheel” Dr. Magda wanted to create an organization that emphasizes enhancement of sound international animal projects that lack funding and support.
Dr. Magda also practices emergency veterinary medicine in numerous specialty hospitals across New York State, and works as an associate at South Fork Animal Hospital, in Wainscott, NY.
The mission of Veterinarians International is to enhance the health of humans, animals, and the environment through the use of sound veterinary care and expertise. To accomplish this, they partner with like-minded groups around the world who are working to ensure the animals in their communities are receiving the veterinary care they need. Veterinarians International participates in community meetings, delivers vaccines, and provides training programs in animal health, food production, nutrition, husbandry, and disease control, so the men and women can improve the conditions within their communities. Sustainable and repeatable solutions are designed at improving communities where these programs are implemented as well as the rest of the world.
Sponsored by Dan's Papers Michael Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two created and wrote the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon that went on to win a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series. Two more of the team’s books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. In addition, Mickey has worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few. Dan’s Papers has proudly used over 100 paintings of Michael’s covers over the past 30 years along with thousands of cartoons and comics.
Join illustrator, children’s book author and PAINT YOUR WORLD artist Mickey Paraskevas as he reads from some of his most popular children's books followed by a live sketching demonstration. Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two went on to create and write the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon. Two of their other books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family.