Since the second year of my veterinary studies in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lisbon, I became progressively more interested in wildlife related topics as I gained awareness of the applicability of veterinary medicine in species’ conservation efforts. I owe this partly to FAUNA, a students’ association group dedicated to complementing the students’ formation through the establishment a network of local and foreign specialists working in such fields of research.
Besides the veterinary academic background, additional experience includes volunteering programmes in two wildlife rehabilitation centers, participation in capture courses and attendance in conferences in Portugal and abroad, including the 11th and 12th EWDA conferences and the 6th EWDA Student workshop.
I just started a one-year MSc in Basic and Applied Research in Wildlife, in IREC (Spain), which I hope will contribute to a better understanding of what it takes to pursue a career in research, as well as consolidate my knowledge in wildlife health dynamics and its implications.
After the inspiring 6th SC workshop in 2015, our greatest challenge as board is now to guarantee a panel of internationally recognised speakers able to cover a wide variety of topics ranging from research to the relevance of policy making and social sciences organisations, under the One Health concept.