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Hi! I am Dr. Zul A. Castro, and I am a newly graduated veterinarian primarily focused on Small Animal (dogs and cats) General Practice. I was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in Puerto Rico for several years, where I learned to read, write and speak in Spanish, before moving back to the United States. After my childhood in Connecticut, I moved to Tampa, Florida, and have loved living here for the past 15 years. Shortly after moving to Florida, I began working in small animal practice as a volunteer. A year later, I was offered a job as a veterinary assistant and went on to work for 10 years in that practice as a technician and receptionist. I attended the University of South Florida and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a concentration in Integrative Animal Biology.
In 2015, I was accepted into St. George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine located in Grenada, West Indies. During my free time in Grenada, I enjoyed the beach and going on beautiful hiking trips whenever possible. During this time, I also assisted in publishing an Animal Welfare and Behavior paper based around a workshop that would help veterinary students learn hands-on how to work in behavioral medicine. I completed my clinical year at the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in June of 2019. My major professional interests are surgery, imaging (radiology and ultrasound), oncology, and emergency medicine. During my free time, I love spending time with my family, dog (Kota) and cat (Catniss), traveling around the world, salsa dancing, and hiking.