Dr Beatriz (Bea) Monteiro is a Brazilian, living in Canada. She is a member of the WSAVA Global Pain Council.
Could you summarize your career so far?
Following my graduation from Sao Paulo State University (Unesp-Botucatu) in Brazil, I moved to Canada where I did two internship programs at the University of Guelph, while concurrently pursuing the validation of my DVM degree in North America. For the last five years I have been undertaking a PhD program at the University of Montreal which will be completed in the near future.
What is your ‘day job’?
I'll still be a PhD student for the next few months but I also offer consultancy services and write and lecture on pain management.
What does your membership of the WSAVA’s Global Pain Council involve?
As a group we discuss and develop strategies to advance and promote pain management in companion animals throughout the world. Our activities include writing articles, such as the recently published ‘Capsule Review’ in JSAP and adding resources to the Global Pain Council page of the WSVA website. We are currently planning some exciting new activities which we will be announcing soon. Stay tuned!
What do you most enjoy about the work of the GPC?
It is rewarding to be able to synthesize the scientific literature and share knowledge on pain management to promote animal welfare to veterinarians across the globe.
What do you find most challenging?
Understanding the needs and situation of each country with respect to the availability of drugs and non-drug pain management techniques is challenging, as well as the political and cultural differences in different countries and veterinary communities. All of these issues impact the impact the practice of veterinary pain management.
Tell us something about you that may surprise us…
I love nature in all its forms and try to live a low-waste lifestyle. My goal is to influence as many people as I can to make them rethink the amount of waste they produce. We are all responsible for Mother Earth's health :)