Native to Mexico City, Dr. Octavio Romo graduated cum laude from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2013. He then worked as a small animal and exotic animal veterinary practitioner in Mexico, while simultaneously obtaining his license to practice in the United States. In 2014, he began working at an avian and exotic animal practice in South Florida, gaining experience under the guidance of the practice owner. Dr. Romo joined SEAVS in 2016 in order to pursue additional focused training through the completion of a one year veterinary internship and two year avian residency.
Dr. Romo has known that he wanted to be an exotic animal veterinarian since childhood, but his love for birds was solidified during a student externship at the South Florida Wildlife Center, one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation centers in the United States. He hopes to someday become board certified in avian practice.
When not taking care of his patients, Dr. Romo enjoys riding his bicycle through the streets and trails of Northern Virginia, hiking with his significant other and their dogs Maggie and Kaiju, reading a good science fiction novel or comic book with one of his two cats on his lap, and going to the movies. In addition to his dog and cats, Dr. Romo shares his home with a rat, a leopard gecko, and two birds.