I obtained my degree in veterinary medicine in 1986, followed by a PhD in 1991, both at the University of Zaragoza. I did a postdoctoral stage in the University of Edinburgh. I followed my training in Veterinary Pathology and currently I work as Associate Professor at the University of Zaragoza. Since 1998 I am Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP) and I have participated in many activities of the College such as the exam committee, councilor, vice-president and president. Nowadays I am the ombudsman at the Residents Committee of the ECVP. Since 2017 I also serve as councilor at the European Society of Veterinary Pathology (ESVP).
I have been working in veterinary pathology for more than 30 years and I have focused my research efforts on pathology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, virology, diagnosis and control of small ruminant lentivirus infection (SRLV): Visna/maedi in sheep and Arthritis Encephalitis in goats. I have also done research on spontaneous pathologies in ruminants, dogs and horses and also wildlife species. Since 2007 I initiated a new research line on the side effects of aluminum as a vaccine adjuvant in sheep.
During all my life I have been interested in photography and this hobby has accompanied me during the development of my professional career. Pathologists live on images, that need to be clear, sharp and presented in an excellent manner. We need to convince our public with stunning images that need no further explanation. Surprisingly, the same image can be a master piece or a terrible piece of work depending on a few factors, many times obvious and simple. Over the years, I have developed a collection of tips, recommendations and tricks to create nice, captivating images in veterinary gross and microscopic pathology. Some of them have been part of my publications and many others are part of my presentations either in congresses, conferences, seminars or academic teaching. I will compile all these tips and tricks in a future YouTube Channel for the use of any interested individual. In the meantime, I was invited to give this workshop at the ESVP/ECVP and ESVCP/ECVCP Joint Congress in Lisbon. The proposal is complicated, as I have to condense all my personal background in a short time, but I accept the challenge. I hope you like the final result and that it will be useful in the development the professional career of all assistants.