Vanessa Vázquez

Education: Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education, M.S., Life Science - Marine Biotechnology Autonomous University of Baja California, B.S., Veterinary Medicine, and Zootechnics

While at the Autonomous University of Baja California earning her bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics, Vanessa focused on volunteering and getting involved in Wildlife and Conservation projects throughout Baja California, Mexico. She’s been a member of the Whale Shark Research and Conservation group in Baja California since 2008 and by 2021 became the group leader and coordinator. Vanessa worked as a Veterinarian with exotic animals and in Sustainable Aquaculture as part of the Health department. Vanessa now works as a Veterinarian, Conservationist, and Wildlife Expedition Guide mainly with endangered and protected species in Mexico, tending to locals and visitors with diverse cultures, backgrounds, ages, and skill sets. Helping to continue generating knowledge and awareness on these animals while focusing on creating unique first-hand experiences. Vanessa is passionate about the ocean and is a certified Freediver and SCUBA Rescue Diver. Vanessa is fluent in English and Spanish. This fall, Vanessa will be going back to her hometown in Bahia de los Angeles in Mexico, to continue focusing on community building by working in conservation and environmental education.