New LAT Board Member
Argentina’s Diego Quinteros brings a focus on education and research to AO VET Latin America Board
24 July 2019
Education and research are top priorities for Diego Quinteros (Argentina), who was recently elected to represent the equine surgeon community on the AO VET Latin America Board. Quinteros, a surgeon and co-owner of Servicios Veterinarios Integrales equine clinic in Pincén, Córdoba Province, Argentina, began his three-year term in July 2019.
Quinteros’s interest in orthopedics, teaching and research is rooted in his days as a surgical resident at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts (US).
“My research focused on a new locking plate design for horses; since then I discovered that orthopedics was a specialty that I really enjoyed and [it] became my actual focus of interest,” Quinteros explained.
That interest led him to AO VET courses in Colorado (US) in 2008 and 2009 and to official AO VET membership in 2017. Dr André Zoppa (Brazil), an AO VET Latin America Board member, asked him to speak at courses in Colombia and Brazil, opportunities he has relished.
“I really enjoy being part of the courses and it’s an honor for me to help,” Quinteros said. “I have also been involved with AO VET small animal courses as a collaborator, then as faculty, and I have helped search for sponsors for courses.”
Teaching is nothing new for Quinteros: He taught anatomy to University of Buenos Aires and continued teaching to the students through his internship and residency at Tufts. After his return to Argentina, he was in charge of the Large Animal Teaching Hospital at the University of Central Buenos Aires Province.
“Sharing knowledge and helping people to get better in their abilities is…very rewarding,” he said.
It’s also essential: Upon returning to Argentina after his residency in the US, Quinteros discovered that new surgical procedures could be taught and help veterinarians’ ability to return their patients to normal function.
“The actual observation…is that fewer procedures are performed, [those that are] performed become much more expensive and the results tend to be poor,” he said. “I believe it is time to change this through continuing education for veterinarians and owner education.
He said many surgeons in the region are capable of performing fixation procedures and learning new ones, so the time is ripe for AO VET to link equine patients’ owners, referring veterinarians and surgeons together.
Research is another area that is underexploited in Latin America, Quinteros said. With its large equine population and availability of qualified professionals interested in equine research topics, Latin America is fertile ground for AO research investment, he believes.
“There are many creative and enthusiastic minds and…an excellent opportunity for the AO to recruit these trained surgeons for future projects,” he said.
“As a surgeon passionate about orthopedics, I strongly believe that we can change the actual conditions in Latin American and give new opportunities to horses and horse owners in the region,” Quinteros added.