Valentina graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Turin, Italy, in 2007 and worked in mixed and farm animal practices for 3 years, before undertaking a farm animal residency and obtaining the Diploma for the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management in 2014. She subsequently completed a mechanical engineering PhD program jointly between Moredun and Heriot-Watt University. She is a European recognised specialist in small ruminant medicine and has worked as a senior clinician in disease investigation at the University of Glasgow. She is now a private consultant, an affiliate and postgraduate supervisor within the University of Glasgow and has joined the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) in June 2022 as capacity development and learning specialist, to coordinate the planning, development and piloting of training tools within the EuFMD learning programme for the control of transboundary diseases. Her interests focus on small ruminants, food security, livestock medicine and production, animal disease diagnostics and surveillance.