Rui graduated from the University of UTAD in Portugal in 2003. He then moved to England to work as a small animal general practitioner for 6 years. He continued up north and completed a rotating internship followed by an ECVS-approved surgical residency at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. After his residency, Rui worked in a large private referral hospital in London for 3 years (North Downs Specialist Referrals) covering orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery. Outside work, he enjoys travelling, cycling and surfing.