Laura Batista graduated from the Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia (FMVZ) de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in 1984. Her career, which to date has spanned more than 25 years, specializes in diseases and health management of swine with special interest in porcine reproductive and respiratory virus (PRRSV). Her experience is primarily in disease prevention, diagnosis and record analysis to optimize swine herd productivity in Mexico, Latin America, Canada, United States and Europe. She has written several peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and articles in magazines related to the swine industry. Laura has also presented thousands of conferences in many meetings, conferences and symposium around the world. In 2003, she completed a doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota under the direction of the late Carlos Pijoan and Scott Dee. As well, she has also completed several specialties in swine medicine and diplomats in business, time and personnel management.
Currently she divides her time between the Centre de développement du porc du Québec inc (CDPQ) in Canada where she is director of research and development for swine health, and Batista & Asociados a one woman practice offering integral consulting to the swine industry around the world. Laura’s main areas of focus are swine farm and regional biosecurity, and PRRSV regional control. Her latest research involves testing of air filtration as an option to control regional dissemination of PRRSV. Since March of 2009 she is director of the producer organized program for regional disease control of swine diseases in Sonora, Mexico.
Laura is also president of the Mexican Association of Swine Practitioners (AMVEC) for the period of 2007-2009, association that in 1999 recognized her as the Veterinarian of the Year due to her leadership and contributions to the Mexican swine industry, several other Mexican regional associations have also awarded her honorary memberships.