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Ainoa Nieto Claudin, DVM

Wildlife Veterinarian, Galapagos, Ecuador

Ainoa is a Spanish wildlife veterinarian currently working as associate researcher and laboratory manager at Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Passionate about medicine and conservation since she was a kid, she worked at the Zoo of Madrid in 2008 and in several wildlife rescue centers in Latin America from 2009 to 2011. She moved to Galapagos in November 2011 and had the opportunity to contribute with different organizations, as well as experience the challenges of working and living in one of the most pristine reserves around the world. In 2016 she enrolled in a Ph.D. program through Complutense University of Madrid and Saint Louis Institute for Conservation Medicine in order to determine the health status of the free-range Galapagos giant tortoises across a gradient of human-modified landscape. For the next few years she is fully dedicating her career and studies to promoting wildlife health and conservation in Galapagos. She is also committed to empowering the local community to protect their unique ecosystem and to educate visitors to the Galapagos to be responsible for the health of our environments worldwide.


Ph.D. candicate - Complutense University, Spain
B.S. - Veterinary Medicine, Complutense University, Spain

Areas of Expertise

Conservation Medicine and One Health
Animal surgery and medicine
Field and laboratory techniques