Meet the Team

Sarah Wexler
Program Director, Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Wexler qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012 from AVT, a private veterinary nursing college in Australia. Having previously completed many hours of field experience she knew veterinary nursing was her calling.

In 2015, she found herself in Nepal during the earthquake disaster and was overwhelmed by the demand for (and lack of) veterinary care the earthquake left in its wake. Sarah founded Pawesome to be able to provide veterinary care to animals across Asia through strategically placed veterinary programs. She hopes that through these programs she can provide veterinary care to the animals not only in Asia, but eventually, around the globe.

Sarah also believes it is super important to educate tourists in the best ways to support cruelty free and ethical business practices 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 projects.

Micole Noddle - Website Developer and Go PAWesome Webmaster

Micole Noddle
Website Developer & Go Pawesome 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.

Janet Sosnicki
Veterinarian, DVM
Like many people, Dr. 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. Shelter medicine, particularly high volume spay and neuter surgery, has become Dr. Janet’s area of expertise.

She 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. Dr. Janet is the owner of Peaceful Pet Parting, an in-home euthanasia service.

Dr. Janet traveled to Thailand in 2017 as a study abroad instructor for pre-veterinary students. This was a life changing experience that combined her love of travel with her passion for helping animals. She returned to Thailand as a volunteer the following summer. In 2019, Dr. Janet taught a training course in India to new veterinary graduates and most recently, after discovering Sarah Wexler through mutual colleagues, she joined Pawesome and took part in both Myanmar and Ecuador.

Aside from her professional endeavors, Dr. Janet enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games, attempting to play ice hockey, and doting on her three furry children: Bronco, a black lab mix; Peanut, a blond chihuahua; and Tinkerball, a calico. She loves to take her dogs on hikes.

Layla Powell
Veterinarian, DVM
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.