Pablo Valdes-Donoso

Pablo holds a DVM from the University of Chile (2007) and, before beginning his graduate studies in the US, he worked as a field veterinarian in the Chilean salmon industry and the Chilean National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca) to help design a new regulatory framework for the salmon production sector. Aiming to gain analytical skills, Pablo moved to Davis in 2010 to pursue a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM), for which his research focused on disease management in the Chilean salmon industry. Pablo started a PhD program in Epidemiology and a Masters program in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2012 and 2013, respectively, with the goal to merge these two fields by focusing on animal health economics. His PhD and MS research focused on disease management of a non-reportable disease, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), in the US swine industry. In addition to this work, Pablo has continued to participate in applied research for the Chilean salmon industry, and between 2014 and 2015 he worked as researcher specialist at the University of Minnesota. Pablo completed his PhD in June 2017 and has published more than 10 peer review articles. He has also delivered oral and poster presentations at scientific conferences, and has been an invited guest speaker at several workshops organized by the University of Minnesota, the Chilean salmon industry, University of Chile, and the University of Miyazaki in Japan. In addition, he worked as a collaborating instructor for several courses in animal health economics for graduate and DVM students at the University of Minnesota, and as a Teaching Assistant in Statistics and Intermediate Microeconomics at UC Davis.

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