Professione: Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)
I grew up in a family of bovine practitioners in Brazil. After being awarded a DVM degree from my hometown veterinary school in Brazil, I moved to the United States to pursue further academic and clinical training. My first stop was at Cornell University where I completed a production medicine residency and a PhD. Prior to the end of my graduate school program, I was hired by Colorado State University as a Clinical Instructor in Dairy Population Health Management. After two years as an Instructor in Colorado, I moved north to the University of Minnesota to join the Dairy Production Medicine group.
My clinical experience in NY and CO greatly influenced my research throughout the years and during my career I have developed several applied research projects to answer questions asked by producers and fellow clinicians. Additionally, as a practitioner, I was constantly dealing with the direct or indirect effects of the metabolic problems (i.e. ketosis, displaced abomasum, fatty liver, hypocalcemia) typical of the transition from late gestation to early lactation in dairy cows. Hence, my interest in improving our understanding of the metabolic adaptations of the peri-parturient dairy cow.