I was born and grew up in Mexico City. I obtained my MVZ (DVM) degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and worked at a private zoo for a short time before moving to Prince Edward Island, Canada, where I obtained an MSc degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College working on a parasitic disease of cormorants. Having acquired a taste for pathology during my Master's work, I followed up with a residency in anatomic pathology, with a special emphasis on wildlife that started at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and finished back in Canada, at the AVC. I became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2004, while working at Finn Pathologists, a private diagnostic laboratory in England. After working in England for 3 years, I returned to the Atlantic Veterinary College as a diagnostic wildlife pathologist for the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. As my work on surveillance and research of amphibian diseases grew, I decided to jump fully into the field by enrolling in a PhD program focused on establishing the pathogenesis of ranavirus in a native North American frog. Following completion of the PhD program, I returned to my role as a diagnostic wildlife pathologist at the AVC until, in January 2017, I joined Cornell's Wildlife Health Lab team.