Fernando grew up on the Island of Puerto Rico, surrounded by doctors (both parents) and health care professionals. This influenced him to pursue studies in Veterinary Medicine in 2000 in the Dominican Republic. To defray veterinary school tuition, he joined a Puerto Rican hotshot crew fighting large forest fires across the United States, but because he enjoyed the challenge, he continued fighting fires for 1-2 months yearly for the next 14 years, even after graduation. After completing his doctoral studies and his thesis in Bovine Leucosis Virus, he cared for large and small animals in Puerto Rico and also worked at the National Institute of Health Caribbean Primate Center for 4 years caring for macaque monkeys. In 2014, Fernando decided to retire from forest fire fighting (thankfully with no injuries), stay in Los Angeles, and refocus on small animal medicine. We became friends when he began working at Animal Medical Group. I began mentoring him in small animal medicine while he encouraged me to start a mobile practice, like he had in Puerto Rico.
Fernando has been a perfect fit for South Bay Mobile Vet. He is dedicated to our clients…always willing to do whatever is needed for optimal patient care. He also has a very positive upbeat spirit, which is a good counter to my seriousness. In addition to his South Bay Mobile Vet duties, he offers pet-sitting, end of life support, and mobile grooming services.
Whenever Fernando is not caring for pets, you’ll find him participating in surf contests up and down the coast as the waves constantly beckon him. His passion for veterinary medicine is only paralleled by his favorite sport, surfing. As a surfer for thirty years, he proudly represented Puerto Rico during the ISA World Cup Longboard Division in Huanchaco, Peru in 2013 and in Lima, Peru in 2016. If he continues to do well, he hopes to be part of the Puerto Rican surfing team at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.