Veterinary Conservation Officer

rosa.lopez@wwt.org.uk

About me

I am a Spanish national, graduated at the EAEVE approved Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). My exotic animal passion and conservation awareness developed from an early age, since I was extremely fortunate to live in Sarawak, Malaysia, in the late 80s/early 90s, where I grew up surrounded by an enormous amount of biodiversity: fauna and flora. I grew up in many countries in different continents, thanks to which I have gained a strong multicultural sensitivity, and adapting to new environments has become second nature. Since graduating in 2014, I have directed my training and work experience in emergency and critical care medicine, as well as, wildlife conservation and pathology. WWT’s history in leading species conservation projects was a key factor in my interest in joining their team, gain a better understanding behind biodiversity loss and be part of a solution.

Work

I provide veterinary advice and support for WWT’s conservation breeding and translocation projects, and for wildlife health monitoring and research. Additionally, provide veterinary cover to WWT’s captive collections, and perform post-mortems at WWT Slimbridge's pathology lab. I am also responsible for the coordination of the AI passive surveillance programme at WWT and I am involved in GB Wildlife Disease surveillance partnership.

Skills

  • Emergency and Critical care veterinary medicine
  • Project Management for Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildlife pathology
  • Disease risk assessments