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    United Kingdom

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Research interests

My main interests are animal health and welfare, paying particular focus on its interconnections with veterinary public health. I combine data analysis and visualization with my veterinary expertise to generate and interpret useful information for farmers, stakeholders and national authorities. My academic background and my current training as a resident of the European College of Porcine Health Management help me to bridge the gap between pig research and the pig industry.

My roles and responsabilities are:

Key responsibility for engaging with the Scottish and UK pig industries, administering existing health schemes with the support of the industry, and developing and leading new initiatives for the benefit of the Scottish pig sector. Involvement in the SRUC livestock disease surveillance intelligence centre and participation in EPIC as a pig-species specialist as well as in other animal health- related research including that funded by Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS).


  • RESAS RD2.2.2 (Evaluation of livestock health) and RD 2.2.6 (Animal disease epidemiology): work with pig industry data for disease control and pig health improvement.
  • In EPIC III, work on the use of meat inspection results for disease surveillance (Topic 3, Improving veterinary surveillance) and on providing evidence needed to design control strategies tailored to the Scottish and UK pig industries (Topic 4, Analysis of potential disease control options).
  • AMR VMD (VM047) funded by DEFRA: integration of pig data from different sources and analyse the relationships between the use of antibiotics, health, welfare productivity and AMR data.
  • Participant in several Teagasc (Ireland) pig projects, including in economic modelling, welfare and nutrition. Active role on the following projects: PATHSURVPIG, FEEDSTRAT, AMURAP, WELPIG.
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Previous employer

2015                          Meat Sanitary Inspector at the Portuguese National Authority for Animal Health (DGAV), Portugal.

2015-2018                 PhD student researcher in Animal Production, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Departament De Ciència Animal i Dels Aliments funded by Walsh Fellowship (Teagasc, Ireland).

2018                          Research assistant at Teagasc (The Food and Agriculture Development Authority, Republic of Ireland) - Pig Development Department. Research Topic: Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Animal Production (pig and poultry).

2019-2020                 Post-Doctoral researcher at Teagasc (The Food and Agriculture Development Authority, Republic of Ireland). Research Topic: Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Animal Production (pig and poultry).

2020-                         Veterinary epidemiologist at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC, UK) - Epidemiology Research Unit.


Supervision activities: 4 Master Students (1 completed in 2019 – Royal Veterinary College - University of London; 1 completed in 2021 - Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária - Universidade de Lisboa, 2 currently being supervised – Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária – Universidade de Lisboa).


Teaching: 2016-2020, teaching assistant in pig related classes of the modules Veterinary Food Animal Systems VET20070 & Veterinary Food Animal Systems and Applied Breeding VET30340 – School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin (10h/semester), Republic of Ireland.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

9 Sep 201526 Oct 2018

Award Date: 26 Oct 2018

Other, University of Lisbon

2 Sep 20089 Jan 2015

Award Date: 9 Jan 2015


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