Johanna Painer, PhD, DVM

Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Vergleichende Verhaltensforschung
Tierarzt, Post-Doc
Department für Integrative Biologie und Evolution
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Savoyenstr. 1a
A-1160 Wien


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Research Interest

Ultrasonography and Reproduction in Wildlife

Reproduction managment in wildlife species, including the physiology, pathology and their subsequent treatments, was part of my PhD studies conducted in Berlin. During that time I specialised in ultrasonography, using it as a tool to follow up seasonal changes or pathologic patterns of abdominal organs, especially the reproductive tract. I mainly studied ovarian luteal tissue (corpora lutea) development in felids like the Eurasian lynx, Iberian lynx and the African lion, but also many other mammals. I caught interest in searching for new possibilities to make use of the non-invasive ultrasonography tool. Currently, I am focusing on adrenal glands, as non-invasive measurement for chronic stress evaluations. I am also interested to make use of newer non-invasive techniques, like contrast ultrasonography and elastography to understand seasonal or pathologic changes within kidneys and livers, especially in large carnivores.

Wildlife Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia in wildlife is especially interesting, since we are working with a variety of unknown variables, like weight and health status. Finding the right combinations for each patient and the appropriate situation is challenging and demands further research for most species. Our team is using modern monitoring equipment to control the anaesthetic status and constantly try to contribute with our research to the improvement of anesthesia protocols for a variety of species.

Wildlife Crime

I am working together with animal welfare NGO’s in Europe and South-East Asia to examine wild animals, during the confiscation process from illegal husbandry or trade. Within those projects I furthermore dedicate my work in educating local veterinarians at rescue stations or sanctuaries, especially to increase the safe use of modern aneasthesia protocols, appropriate pain-management and general diagnostics of rehabilitated individuals.

Curriculum Vitae


since 08/2016

Wildlife Veterinarian and Researcher at the Veterinary University, Vienna, Austria

since 03/2015Consultant Veterinarian at Orsa Predator Park, Sweden

PhD and Post-Doc studies in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences at IZW and Dahlem Research School (Berlin, Germany)

2003-2009Study of veterinary medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria
Specialisation in conservation medicine
1998 – 2003College in tourism and marketing (Vienna, Austria)

Grants and awards

7 international grants for: semester abroad (Rep. South Africa, Hungary), diploma thesis fieldwork (Mongolia), conference participations (Canada, Netherlands), fieldwork (Sweden, Norway)

5 international awards for: diploma thesis, scientific work at conferences


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