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Meet a Leader - Dr Felisbina Queiroga

Published: 9/2/2019

Dr Felisbina Queiroga was elected to the Executive Board of the WSAVA during #WSAVA2019.

Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Oncology at University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), in Vila Real, Portugal. I graduated in 1994 and received a Master’s in Oncology in 2001 and a PhD in Veterinary Sciences/Oncology in 2005. During my 25 years of professional activity, I have played many different roles. They include:

  • Clinical Director of the Small Animal Service of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at my University (2007-2010)
  • Dean of the Integrated Master’s in Veterinary Medicine (2011-2013)
  • I was elected General Assembly Representative at the Portuguese “Ordem dos Médicos Veterinários”, the regulatory body for the veterinary profession in Portugal (2016- to date)
  • Member of the Board of the Portuguese Small Animal Veterinary Association (APMVEAC) (2017-to date).
I’ve also been a reviewer and member of the editorial board of indexed journals both from the veterinary and human fields. Currently I’m the associate editor of two veterinary indexed journals. My main research area is the study of prognostic factors with relevance as therapeutic targets in oncology and the study of spontaneous animal tumours as models to human cancer in the scope of comparative oncology.
Outside work, I love to spend time and travel with my family (my husband and our two sons).  They are my support.  We have a female cat named Mimi - the princess of our home!

What is your ‘day job’?
My ‘day job’ usually begins at the Faculty, answering emails or studying clinical cases. I teach Internal Medicine in the veterinary teaching hospital of our university during my clinical activity (which can occurs during the morning or in the afternoon). I also provide consults on oncology cases and do some pathology work in the laboratory.
In addition to my clinics, there is always something else to do – perhaps writing or revising manuscripts, preparing or giving lectures at congresses or tutoring my Master’s or PhD students. I often travel with work too so life is busy!

How did you feel when you were elected to the WSAVA Executive Board (EB)?
I felt very happy and grateful for the support I had received from so many WSAVA delegates.

How are you finding your first months as an EB member?
Well, it is only a few weeks since I became a member of the EB but I am already working with them.  They are all very friendly and enthusiastic which facilitates my work. The experience has been fantastic.

What do you hope to achieve during your first year?
I want to be an asset to the EB and to the WSAVA community. I hope to find a way to bring more members to the WSAVA family and to be a true ambassador for the WSAVA.

Please tell us something about you that may surprise us! 
When I was17, I hosted a radio show in my home town. It was just during my Summer holidays from school but the experience was very interesting and showed me the power of the media. It also taught me that I prefer face-to-face communication.  I need to see my listeners and to feel their energy. I love to communicate!