Valentina graduated with honors from the University of Milan, Italy, in 2005. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge she worked for six years in small animal practice in the UK. She then completed an internship and an ECVS approved residency at the University of Cambridge and became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2019. Valentina worked as an Affiliated Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Cambridge until September 2020. She is currently a consultant small animal orthopaedic surgeon for Arthurs Orthopaedics, Northampton.