Ms Maria Guelbenzu
Maria Guelbenzu is a Veterinary Research Officer in AFBI. She currently has responsibility for managing the Diagnostic Virology laboratory and the UKAS-accredited serology within Veterinary Sciences Division’s Diagnostic Unit. Maria graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zaragoza in 1998 and has been a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) since 1999. She was awarded a Leonardo da Vinci grant, which allowed her to take a post working at a small animal veterinary hospital in West Sussex, before moving to Northern Ireland where she gained five years of experience as a veterinary practitioner in a mixed practice. She joined AFBI in 2005 and is the deputy epizootic disease coordinator for VSD and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group to DARD on Avian Influenza. Maria has a particular interest in Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) and she is working on an Agri-food funded PhD project investigating BVDV in Northern Ireland.