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Catarina Baptista


Degree in Veterinary Science

Internship in Wildlife Population Health 2020-21

Current Position 
PhD Student, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal


I’m Catarina Baptista, from Portugal. I’ve finished my veterinary degree (DVM) in 2019 and I have worked in small animal practice for one year after that. I am a photography lover and a travel passionate.


Carreer goals

I would like to develop a phD in wildlife population health, in a brief future. In a distant future, I see myself not only working in different research and conservation projects, but also teaching and educating the others. I use to say that health, science, education and art are 4 complementary ways of doing conservation. 



During my veterinary studies, I had the opportunity to be involved with FAUNA - a department of the Students Association of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon that focuses mainly on wildlife, zoological and conservation medicine, with the main goal of complementing this scientific area of veterinary sciences. Also during my studies, I’ve done some internships and small courses, such as in Paignton zoo (England) and with Wildspirit (South Africa). At the end, I did my final curricular traineeship at Budapest Zoo and Botanical garden with several incursions to the Hortobágy National Park, where my master thesis was developed, regarding gastrointestinal parasites in a population of Przwalski horses (Equus ferus przwalskii), which was presented as an oral communication and poster in two international conferences. 

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