He began his university studies at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon in 1982 and concluded them in 1987 at the same University.
He was immediately appointed Training Assistant of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases in 1987. He did his Proofs of Pedagogical Aptitude and Scientific Ability (similar to MSc) under the subject of “Contribution for the study of Horse Strongyles in Portugal mainland”, becoming Assistant of the same sector in 1991. He trained as a researcher through different stages at the Parasitology Laboratory of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Glasgow University, UK, in 1993, 1996 and 1998, under the supervision of Professor James Duncan and Doctors Kenneth Bairden and Jacqueline Matthews. In 2002 he was approved with distinction by his doctorate work, developing the former line of research with the theme “Epidemiology and Control of Intestinal Strongylidosis in different Horse Production Systems in Portugal”, becoming Assistant Professor. After developing this area of research, he dedicated to the study of biological control of animal parasites using nematophagous fungi, large animal and companion animal parasites. In 2005-06, created an optional subject on Wildlife Diseases and Conservation Medicine, being wildlife parasites, nowadays, one of the main issues of his research interest. In 2007 he was promoted as an Associate Professor of the Department of Animal Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lisbon (FVMUL) and in 2008 he got his Habilitation degree. Over time, he has published 182 documents, including theses, books, book chapters, international, national and conference papers and has presented more than 480 lectures, oral communications and posters in National and International Congresses. He supervised 6 PhD theses, 100 MSc theses and has collaborated in 24 research projects and the COST action EuroNegVec, TD 1303, between 2013 and 2017, being present at the USAMV-Cluj in 2014 for the opening meeting of this network. He has participated in around 200 Scientific and technical events at international and national level. He belongs since 2010 until now to the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP), being one of the directors. He is also President of the ESCCAP Portugal, Vice-President of the Portuguese Society of Parasitology, Vice-President of the Hydatic Disease Society and President of the General Assembly of the National Observatorium of Leishmaniosis. He has taught in S. Tomé and Príncipe, Spain and France. He is responsible for the subjects of Parasitology II (Helminthology) (since 2009) and Wildlife Diseases and Conservation Medicine (since 2006). He was appointed President of the Pedagogical Counsel of the FMVUL, in April 2018. Since 2000, he has contacts with the teaching staff of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the USAMV of Cluj-Napoca, after their visits to our faculty and trainings, namely Profs. Vasile Cozma, Mihai Cernea, Laura Cernea, Sandra Andrei and Andrei Mihalca.