Meet the Team
Program Director & Veterinary Nurse
Sarah began her veterinary nursing career in 2012 after graduating among the top 10 percent in her class from a private college in Australia. Post graduation, Sarah spent a year working in private practice on Australia’s west coast, but when an opportunity to move to Thailand presented itself she relocated to pursue her passion in shelter medicine. Sarah also holds a keen interest in Emergency and Critical Care and has worked in this field both in Australia and the USA.
In 2016 Sarah founded Pawesome, to be able to provide veterinary care to animals across South East Asia through strategically placed veterinary programs. She hopes that through these programs she can provide veterinary care to animals not only in Asia, but eventually, around the globe.
Sarah also believes it is super important to educate tourists on ways to support cruelty free and ethical businesses when traveling overseas. Often tourists unknowingly participate in animal exploitation and cruelty by supporting a business that only cares about making money, and not the welfare of the animals under their care.
Sarah considers herself an advocate for animal welfare, a prominent member of the vegan community and a world traveler. She has more than 15 years and 40 countries tucked under her belt. Ask her for advice on “the best of” for almost any country and she’ll give you the answer of an experienced traveler!
Interested to know more? Here’s an overview of Pawesome’s past veterinary programs.
Website Developer & Webmaster
I met Sarah through social media, introduced through mutual friends. Her life story inspired me and I love the mission of Pawesome; it’s such a beautiful and amazing thing. I want to see Pawesome grow and thrive. My skills as a web developer gives Sarah the online presence required to carry out the mission of Pawesome.
My love for animals began when I was a child. I have had pets my entire life and have always loved and felt drawn to animals. I think they are beautiful and majestic creatures who live peacefully and love unconditionally. They don’t have a voice, they can’t speak up for themselves, and they need us to stand up for them and to protect their rights. Through my skills as a web developer I want to help be that voice.
When I am not coding or pushing pixels, you will find me at an Indie-Alternative concert, in the yoga studio or playing with my bull/Shepard/whippet mix dog Marley…born under a cement plant with her 11 siblings and brought to a rescue facility by a construction worker.
Dr. Janet Sosnicki
Like many people, Janet loves animals. This affinity led her to become a veterinarian so she could fulfill her dreams of improving the health of our furry friends. Janet graduated in 2014 from Ross University and shelter medicine, particularly high volume spay and neuter surgery, has become her area of expertise.
Janet has been the primary veterinarian at numerous animal shelters and is adjunct faculty at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine where she teaches the advanced surgery elective rotation to 4th year students and Mount Wachusett Community College where she teaches surgical nursing and dentistry to vet tech students.
In 2017 Janet traveled to Thailand as a study abroad instructor for pre-veterinary students. This was a life changing experience for her. In 2019 combining her love of travel with her passion for helping animals she joined Pawesome.
Dr. Layla Powell
Layla graduated in 2004 from the University of Queensland, Australia. After more than a decade working on the mid north Australian coast she moved to the Byron Bay area. Layla focuses on small animal practice with a special interest in emergency & critical care, completing a post graduate course in 2010.
Layla’s other passion is animal welfare and she actively participates in projects in developing countries. In 2017 Layla joined Pawesome in the Philippines and her and Sarah haven’t stopped working together since. Her role with Pawesome has taken her all over South East Asia & into South America.
Combining animal welfare with her love of travel, she has also volunteered at elephant sanctuaries in Thailand and with sloths in Central America.