Irene Bueno Padilla works to preserve ecosystem health around the globe with a focus on vulture health

August 7, 2019
griffon vulture

Irene Bueno Padilla, Postdoctoral Associate working in the laboratory of Professor Randy Singer was recently featured in the CVM Profiles Spring 2019 issue to discuss her research on diclofenac’s effects on vulture populations in Spain, in the write up, "A cascade effect."

This write up explores the building problem of diclofenac, which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used in veterinary medicine to treat various types of inflammation. It’s also known to cause harm to vulture populations who become exposed to it through the carrion they consume. As a result vilture populations are becoming endangered or extinct. Irene states, "Sometimes we wonder why it matters if a species disappears, but it has a cascade effect."