M.Sc. by thesis student
My interest in dairy cattle comes from my young age, as my family owned a dairy farm in Brazil, where I grew up. This interest led me to pursue a Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine degree at Lavras Federal University (UFLA) - Brazil, received in 2016. During the final semester of the program, I had an opportunity to do an externship at the University of Florida. The research work was a great complement to my learning, as I was involved in extension projects before. In addition, it raised my interest in doing research related to dairy cattle. Currently, I am a MSc. student in Reproductive Physiology under Dr. Eduardo Ribeiro's supervision. My work focuses on understanding the effects of postpartum inflammatory diseases on embryonic development and the production, health, and reproduction outcomes for the cow after the disease. In addition, we are studying the maternal and environmental factors affecting health and performance of dairy heifers. These topics interest me as they are related to severe economic losses in dairy industry, and may help to improve reproduction performance, health, production, welfare, and food safety.