Maria Afonso

Veterinary surgeon. Scientist. Communicator. Artist. 

About Maria

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Maria Afonso is a veterinary surgeon, scientist and science communicator currently finishing her PhD at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. During her doctoral studies she focused her research on respiratory infections of dogs and cats ("kennel cough" and "cat flu") with a particular interest in Feline calicivirus. Her major areas of interest within veterinary medicine are anaesthesia, pain management, feline medicine, senior pet clinics and pathology (clinical and anatomical). 

Currently based between North Yorkshire and Merseyside, Maria enjoys teaching audiences of all ages and backgrounds about microbiology, responsible pet ownership and animal health. She communicates science using varied platforms such as social media and analogue mediums like zines. 

Maria is also passionate about raising awareness for the importance of wellbeing and mental health in the veterinary industry and is the founder of the wellness initiative VetZest.

Resume

 

Scientist and veterinary surgeon with a wealth of experience in communication and education. Clinical experience includes general practice, routine surgery, shelter medicine, OOH and sole charge. Currently preparing PhD thesis for submission and looking to pursue a veterinary specialisation in the near future. Areas of interest include anaesthesia, pain management, pathology and feline medicine.

Work experience

Veterinary Surgeon
Edgemoor Veterinary Practice
Aug 2017 - Present

Science Communication and Public Engagement Officer
Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool
Sep 2016 to Dec 2016 (Mat cover)

PhD Scientist
Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool
Apr 2013 - Present

Veterinary Communications Manager
VetInflow
Aug 2012 - Mar 2013

Education

PhD in Infection and Global Health (Veterinary)
University of Liverpool
2013 to present

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, MSc Vet
University of Porto
2006-2012

Relevant publications

Maria Manuel Afonso, Ros Gaskell, Alan Radford. "Chapter 230: Other Feline Viral Infections", Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Diseases of the dog and the cat. Ed. S.J. Ettinger, E.C. Feldman, E. Côte. 8th Ed. St Louis: Elsevier, 2017. pp. 2016-2019

Afonso MM., Pinchbeck GL, Smith SL, Daly JM, Gaskell RM, Dawson S, Radford AD. A multi-national European cross-sectional study of feline calicivirus epidemiology, diversity and vaccine cross-reactivity. Vaccine. 2017; 35(20):2753-2760

Rebecca Willby, Alan Radford, Maria Afonso. "Respiratory disease in the cat in the shelter environment", BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Medicine (forthcoming)

Maria Manuel Afonso, Ros Gaskell, Alan Radford. "Chapter 229: Feline Respiratory Infections", Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Diseases of the dog and the cat. Ed. S.J. Ettinger, E.C. Feldman, E. Côte. 8th Ed. St Louis: Elsevier, 2017. pp. 2013-2015

Volunteer roles                              Achievements 

  • Society Champion, Microbiology Society, 2014 - present
  • Veterinary Research Contact, Institute of Infection and Global Health Public Involvement Panel (IGH PIP), University of Liverpool, 2015-2017 
  • Society co-founder and lead, Institute of Infection and Global Health Posgraduate Society (IGH-PGS), University of Liverpool, 2014-2016
  • Best consideration of financial planning strategy, Biotechnology YES UK final, 2015. 
  • Veterinary Student Scholar (Small Animals), Morris Animal Foundation, 2011. 

  • Finalist of I Famelab Science Communication Contest (Portugal), 2010. 

 

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