About me

I was born and raised in Barcelona, and I have always been passionate about animals and wildlife. I have always knew I wanted to be a vet. I was lucky enough enter Barcelona Vet School where in February 2010. During my years of student, I was actively involved in the Veterinary Student Zoological Society. In March 2010 I moved to the UK and began working full time as an intern in the Exotic Pet and WildlifeDepartment at Great Western Referrals. From November 2010 until April 2013 I worked in a mixture of first opinion small animal practice and out of hours service in the UK. In In 2013 I started a European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) Avian Residency at Great Western Exotics, which I finished in late 2016. I have been working as an Exotic Senior Clinician at Great Western Exotics since. and I am currently studying for my ECZM Avian board exams.

I enjoy cycling and snowboarding. I have a dog called Haku, two Hermann’s tortoises and I keep a few species of frogs and salamanders.

Work

I have only recently joined WWT; my main role is within the different wildlife projects and supporting the CB unit team, helping with all the testing and health screen required; I feel very lucky to get to work with endangered species such as the Spoon-billed sandpipers, Black-tailed godwit or the Madagascan Pochard. Has part of the vet team at WWT, I support Michelle and Taiana to provide veterinary care and advice to the different WWT centres.

Skills

During my years of working in practice I have gained significant clinical experience in medical and surgical cases not only in small animal practice but also with exotic pets and wildlife cases. In 2015 I gained in certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine; in 2016 I finished my residency in Avian Medicine and Surgery with the European College of Zoological Medicine and I am currently studying for my board exams.

Publications

Abou-Zahr T, Calvo Carrasco D, Shimizu N, Dutton TAG, Forbes N.“Superficial Chronic Ulcerative Dermatitis (SCUD) in Psittacines: Review of 11 Cases (2008-2016)." Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, accepted, October 2017

Huynh M, Calvo Carrasco D, Shimizu N, Minier K. “Surgical management of traumatic elbow luxation with circumferential suture prostheses in a Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)”, Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, accepted, July 2017

Calvo Carrasco D, Shimizu S, Forbes NA, “Review and Advances in avian orthopaedic surgery, part 2”, Companion Animal, February 2018

Calvo Carrasco D, Shimizu S, Forbes NA, “Review and Advances in avian orthopaedic surgery” (following parts), Companion Animal, under revision

Calvo Carrasco D, Shimizu S, Minier K, Ragetly G, Huynh M, “Surgical management of traumatic elbow luxation with circumferential suture prostheses in a rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)”, Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, accepted September 2017

Calvo Carrasco D, Sabater González M, “Reproductive Disorders on Commonly Kept Fowl”, Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotic Animal Practice, March 2017

Calvo Carrasco D, Shimizu S, Forbes NA, “Review and Advances in avian orthopaedic surgery, part 1”, Companion Animal, February 2017

Sabater González M, Calvo Carrasco D, Huynh M, Neil A. Forbes, Stidworthy M. “Calcinosis Circumscripta in the Digital Extensor Tendon of a Tawny eagle (Aquila rapax)”, accepted Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, December 2016

Dutton TAG, Forbes NA, Calvo Carrasco D. “Retrospective study of sixteen per cloacal prolapses in raptors”. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, June 2016

Sabater González M, Calvo Carrasco D, “Emergencies and critical care of commonly kept fowl”, Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotic Animal Practice, March 2016

Calvo Carrasco D, Forbes N, “Aspergillosis- update on causes, diagnosis and treatment”, Companion Animal, January 2016

Calvo Carrasco D, Dutton TAG, Shimizu N, Sabater M, Forbes N. “Distraction osteogenesis correction of mandibular ramis fracture malunion in a juvenile mute swan”, accepted Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, August 2015

Abou-Zahr T, Dutton TAG, Calvo Carrasco D, Forbes N, Stidworthy M. “Atherosclerotic aortic aneurysm in a steppe eagle (Aquila nipalensis)”, Veterinary Record Case Reports, July 2015

Calvo Carrasco D, Abou-Zahr T. “Surgical narrowing of the preputial orifice for treatment of recurrent penile prolapse in a degu (Octodon degus)”. Veterinary Record Case Reports, June 2015

Huynh M, Vilmouth S, Sabater M, Calvo Carrasco D, Di Girolamo N, Forbes. “Retrospective cohort study of gastrointestinal stasis in pet rabbits”, Veterinary Record, August 2014

Sabater M, Pérez M, Calvo Carrasco D. “Metaldehyde intoxication in a red fox”, Veterinary Record Case reports, April 2014

Dutton T, Calvo Carrasco D, Sabater M, Forbes N. “A novel technique for stabilisation of a proximal cervical vertebral fracture in a tawny eagle (Aquila rapax)”, Veterinary Record Case reports, December 2013

Graham E, Denk D, Calvo Carrasco D. “Systemic coronavirus associated disease resembling feline infectious peritonitis in ferrets in the UK”, Veterinary Record, August 2012