Women in Science – Veterinarian

Women In Science

Between 11th February, International Day of Women and Girls in Science and British Science Week 9th – 18th March), we’re introducing you to some of the amazingly talented scientists . . . who just happen to be women . . . working in Scottish salmon farming. They not only help to make Scottish salmon the global success story it is today, but are working tirelessly to ensure its sustainable future.

Marine Harvest Scotland

Today’s scientist is Meritxell Diez Padrisa, Veterinarian and Head of Fish Health for Marine Harvest Scotland in North Fort William.

Tell us briefly what your job entails?

  • Responsible for fish health across the company. Disease surveillance and monitoring, identification of problems and implementing mitigation measures. Promoting fish health and welfare.

Why do you love what you do?

  • I love being confronted with problems and having to find solutions to them. Veterinary medicine is always a challenging field, but working with fish is even more challenging as there are still many unknowns. This is what, from my point of view, makes fish so attractive to work with: you need to be very creative!

Bonus question! What advice would you give other women or girls thinking of a career in science?

  • With science we make progress. Aquaculture is a young and fast growing industry which provides plenty and exciting opportunities to apply everyone’s knowledge.

To find more about the UN’s International Women & Girls in Science Day visit http://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/

For more information on British Science Week go herehttps://www.britishscienceweek.org