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2014 Alumni

Class of 2014

Dr. Mauricio Ulloa Encina – Chile
Dr. Mauricio Ulloa

Mauricio Ulloa is the Chief of the Aquatic Animal Rescue and Conservation Unit within the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service of Chile, which was recently established in 2013. Similar to the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program of the National Marine Fisheries Service here in the United States, the Unit coordinates the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of stranded aquatic animals nationwide, and trains veterinary professionals in marine mammal medicine and necropsy. Mauricio received his veterinary degree from the University of Chile, as well as a Master’s of Science in Medical Parasitology from the University of London.

Mauricio was the Center’s first International Vet In-Residence, and during his three-month residency he participated in all aspects of the Center’s operations: working on clinics and in necropsy, volunteering with animal care crews, and rescuing animals at our satellite facilities in San Luis Obispo and Monterey.

Mauricio lives in Viña del Mar in central Chile, which is actually the sister city to Sausalito, California! He became involved with both the Chile-California-Council and the Viña del Mar-Sausalito Sister City Program, working collaboratively to encourage the development of much-needed aquatic animal rehabilitation centers in Chile. Mauricio returned to his position in Chile ready to train his staff of more than 30 veterinarians in advanced necropsy, medical and response techniques.

Dra. Josefina Gutiérrez - Chile
Dra. Josefina GutiƩrrez

Josefina Gutiérrez received her veterinary degree from the University of Chile. During veterinary school, she started working as a volunteer at a marine animal rescue center inside the Buin Zoo in Santiago.

At the center she worked with a variety of marine species, including two species of phocids, three species of otariids, three species of penguins, cetaceans, and sea turtles. After she graduated, she started working at the same place as their official vet until 2013, when she started looking for post-graduate programs to learn more.

As Josefina has always had a passion for wildlife and conservation, she has participated in field research studying infectious disease in Uruguay, working with an environmental consultancy in Chile, and has participated in multiple courses and conferences related to marine conservation all over the world.

As the second International Vet In-Residence at the Center, Josefina especially enjoyed learning about marine mammal anesthesia and surgery, and working with the amazing volunteer crews. During her three-month stay, she worked on a clinical research project, developing retrobulbar and auriculopalpebral blocks in California sea lions, in order to help evaluate pinnipeds with eye disease. After her return to Chile, Josefina wants to keep on participating in marine animal field research and rescue projects, as there are few people working on this subject in Chile and there is a gigantic need along the Chilean coast.

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