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Dr Alonso received his DVM degree from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, in 2012, and his doctoral degree from the Department of Clinics and Surgery at the Federal University of Minas Gerais Veterinary School, Brazil, in 2019, where he studied new ways to classify canine cavitary effusions using biochemical analysis. Between 2015 and 16 he worked as a clinical pathologist in private labs in Brazil and in 2021 he completed a residency in veterinary clinical pathology at the UC Davis veterinary school, being awarded with the best study in small animal research when he was investigating the lipoprotein profile of canine and feline cavitary transudates. In 2022 he became board certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathology and, between the years of 2021 and 2022, he served as an assistant professor of clinical pathology at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, in the West Indies, for 4 semesters, where he also had a research grant proposal approved to study the epidemiologic aspects of Dirofilaria spp. infection in cats in the Caribbean. Dr Alonso joined the Department of Comparative Medicine in 2023 as an assistant professor and director of the animal diagnostic laboratory.