Heber Alves

Chief Executive Officer

Heber Alves Graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) in Portugal in 2003.  He then studied veterinary anesthesiology in Brazil at UNESP (São Paulo State University) and did the internship at UTAD. He was Assistant lecturer of Surgical Semiology and Anesthesiology at UTAD from 2005 to 2007 and researcher at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC) in Oporto University until the end of 2011. In 2007, he completed the Diploma of Advanced Studies at the University of León (Spain).

In 2011 he received the PhD degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Animal Medicine and Surgery, where he developed his own line of research in anaesthesia of laboratory animals. His line of research included refinement of laboratory animal anaesthesia and the effects of anaesthetics on memory and learning.

In 2006, Heber founded Improve Ibérica in Portugal. This was a sister company of Improve International based in the UK, with the aim to develop the Improve International programmes in other territories. His vision was to expand the business throughout the world and make Improve International programmes the standard Postgraduate Education system for the veterinary profession worldwide. Heber developed extensive knowledge of the Veterinary Continuing Education market across Europe, Americas and Asia leading the development of Improve International programs in these territories.

In 2020, he became the CEO of Improve International responsible for leading the senior management team and setting the goals, strategy, and direction of the business. Improve is now present in more than 20 countries and is the largest continuing education provider for veterinarians worldwide.

The Improve Team


Improve International was established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons from across the UK. We run Continuous Professional Development training for veterinary professionals to help develop the skills and knowledge required in practice. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions. We are an international organisation with offices in the UK and Portugal.

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