Joao graduated from the University of Oporto (Portugal) in 2001. In April 2003 he moved to the U.K. and spent two years in practice. In May 2005 he started his resident in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Liverpool. He gained his RCVS Certificate in 2006 and his Diploma in Small Animal Cardiology and ECVIM-CA Specialist status in 2009. He is also an RCVS recognised Cardiology Specialist since 2011 and is currently working in private referral practice in Surrey, U.K.