Rodrigo Silva has been a member of NAFI's Board of Directors since January 2007.
He is the director of Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC), a position that he has held since September 2004.
is one of the largest animal control programs in the nation, serving the residents of 24 of the fastest growing cities and towns in the country with 3.3 million residents.
Dr. Silva has a degree in veterinary medicine from the Metropolitan University of Mexico and a master's degree in public health administration and policy from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Silva has 25 years experience working in public health, animal care and control, and zoonoses-control programs, developing and administering government and non-profit organizations and programs at the local, national and international levels.
Dr. Silva has been a professor of animal nutrition; a team veterinarian for 600 parade and sport horses, and oversaw the acquisition and conditioning of horses for the Mexican Olympic team.
Nonetheless, some of Dr. Silva's
most cherished times are those spent in the Sierra of Mexico, as a young public health veterinarian working with the campesinos, treating and vaccinating their livestock and working animals, improving the sanitation infrastructure of the villages and providing education on the best use of food animals for some of the poorest families living in the most remote and underserved areas of that country.
Prior to moving to Phoenix, Dr. Silva worked as the Manager at the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona.
As a result of his
initiatives, the Pima Animal Care Center
eliminated the euthanasia of adoptable pets in December 2002.
was inducted in the Alpha Nu Chapter of the Delta Omega National Public Health Honorary Society