Aida I. Vientós-Plotts specializes in small animal internal medicine with interest in respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases and the link between these two systems in health and disease. She also has a passion for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in veterinary profession. Vientós-Plotts received a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Iowa State University followed by her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee University. Following graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Auburn University and a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri. Following residency, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in small animal respiratory dysbiosis and a PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology. She joined the MU faculty in 2020 as an assistant professor in small animal internal medicine. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is one of the co-founders and currently serves on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization – Veterinarians for Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 2017, this organization has facilitated more than 22,000 spays and neuters, vaccinated close to 18,000 dogs and cats, and continues to spearhead efforts to help tackle the overpopulation of dogs and cats on the island. While she wears many hats, her favorites are mama and wife. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and organizing.