Jorge received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) from Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas de Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto, in 2001, after completing his final year as Erasmus student at Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (Germany) and Lander Veterinary Clinic (Turlock, California, USA). The next five years, he practiced as a dairy cows’ clinician, providing assistance to dairy farms in the northwest of Portugal.
Between 2005 and 2007 he completed his Masters studies about Food Science and Technology, at Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
In 2007 he was awarded a PhD Fulbright scholarship, and completed his doctoral studies about Population Medicine and Veterinary Public Health between North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Duke University Medical School (NC, USA). His research was focused on antimicrobial resistance, specifically transmission of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) between humans and animals.
Recognizing the relevance of the interface between Epidemiology and Policy, he completed a graduate certificate in Public Policy (NCSU, School of Public and International Affairs, 2010) and did an internship at the World Health Organization (Geneva, 2009). Wanting to have a field experience in developing countries, in 2010, he worked in Uganda, in the so called “Building a comprehensive health care system in Kashongi”.
Jorge joined SAFOSO in October 2012, as junior consultant, to initially work on two EU-FP7 projects: RISKSUR “ Providing a new generation of methodologies and tools for cost-effective risk-based animal health surveillance systems for the benefit of livestock producers, decision makers and consumers” and ASFORCE “ Targeted research effort on African Swine fever”.
Since June 2013, he is also enrolled in the residency training of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH).