Zalmir Silvino Cubas earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine (1985) and a master in veterinary sciences (2008) from the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil). Zalmir then served as both a staff veterinarian and chief veterinarian for the Curitiba Zoo (Brazil) for 9 years after graduation. He also completed a residency in zoological medicine at the University of California at Davis. He then became the Director of the Parque das Aves Foz Tropicana, Brazil. Dr. Silvino Cubas has also served as the Director of the Department of Environment for the Municipality of Foz do Iguaçu and a veterinarian for the Três Fronteiras Conservation and Breeding Center, Foz do Iguaçu. Zalmir also worked at the Itaipu Binacional company wildlife refuge, zoo and veterinary hospital from 2006 to 2020, in the areas of animal care, management, research and wildlife conservation.
Dr. Silvino Cubas co-edited Biology, Medicine and Surgery of South American Wild Animals (2001) with Professor Murray Fowler. He is also the editor of the first and second editions of the Tratado de Animais Selvagens-Medicina Veterinária (Treatise on Wildlife Veterinary Medicine). He has also co-authored several scientific articles and book chapters, and he served as an adjunct editor of the wild animals section for the Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research. Zalmir also taught wild animal medicine at the Centro Universitário Dinâmica das Cataratas (UDC), Brazil from 2014 to 2018. He is a full academic at the Paraná Academy of Veterinary Medicine and has presented courses in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay on the emergency care of wild birds and related topics. Zalmir currently teaches postgraduate courses at the Faculty Qualittas and other veterinary medical institutions in Brazil.
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