New Faculty Focus: Fernando J. Marqués
Title: Clinical associate professor in large animal internal medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine.
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Educational/professional background: After receiving a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Buenos Aires, he was a successful practitioner for more than 15 years in Argentina, focused primarily in the areas of neonatology, theriogenology, and sports medicine. In 2005, he completed board certification in Large Animal Internal Medicine at UW–Madison. In 2006 Dr. Marqués joined the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan, as an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. In addition to his work as an internal medicine specialist, Dr. Marqués also served as an Assistant Hospital Director for the Large Animal Clinic. Dr. Marqués currently serves in many scientific national and international committees.
How did you get into your field of research? After 15 years working in private practice I joined the SVM and under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Benjamin Darien I started my first steps in research. Based on my previous experience in equine neonatology we decided to investigate the expression of P-Selecting in septic foals. I feel lucky for having had the opportunity to work and to learn from Dr. Darien, a great mentor and outstanding researcher.
What attracted you to UW–Madison? The reputation and the high caliber of people and specialists working here.
What was your first visit to campus like? I was impressed with the facilities and the great work faculty, staff and students did here.
Favorite place on campus? Places by the lake.
What are you most enjoying so far about working here? The people I work with every day.
Hobbies/other interests: Show-jumping and coaching. Dr. Marqués is a show jumping rider, currently grouped in the second category, of eight total categories in Argentina. The first category is for professional riders only, with the eighth being the lowest grouping. He has also worked as a show jumping instructor for more than seven years. He enjoys both coaching and competing and have experience leading equine teams in competition, as well as teaching all ability levels. Dr. Marqués had trained horses for more than twenty-five years primarily in the show jumping field, but also in dressage.