Dr. Albert Rovira graduated with his veterinary degree at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) in 2000. In 2002, he completed a MS in swine pathology at the same institution. In 2003 he moved to the U.S. to pursue his PhD on swine disease diagnostics, which he completed in 2007. In 2008 he joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor to work as a food animal diagnostician at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL). Dr. Rovira was promoted to associate professor in 2015 and became Assistant Director of the VDL in 2019. His current responsibilities at the VDL include supervising diagnostic submissions of swine cases and managing relationships with important partners such as swine production companies, pharmaceutical companies and public agencies. Dr. Rovira collaborates in research projects on swine infectious disease with other faculty at the University of Minnesota. He has co-authored 44 peer-reviewed articles and 99 abstracts in professional meetings, and has delivered 42 invited presentations. His research activity is focused on swine pathogens, such as PRRSV, PCV2, PCV3, H. parasuis or M. hyorhinis. Dr. Rovira lives in Saint Paul, MN with his wife and two kids. He enjoys playing and watching soccer and learning about history.