Rita Payan Carreira earned her veterinary degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1985. For some years, she parted her activity as a veterinary practitioner and teacher. She is now an Assistant Professor with Habilitation at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, where she teaches diverse courses in the field of Animal Reproduction; she has participated in several joint academic activities with foreign universities. She is currently the President of the Veterinary and Animal Research Centre, where she integrates the Clinical Pathology Group. Since 2013, she is also the President of the Portuguese Society for Animal Reproduction. Her primary research areas include the molecular markers of the endometrial cycle and fertility and the embryo–maternal interaction. She has also conducted some studies on pedagogical strategies fostering the critical thinking in higher education, in particular, to strengthen the clinical competencies in students. Often, she supervises students preparing their master or doctoral thesis. She is also a frequent referee for diverse journals in the area. For further information on her scientific publications, please use the following link: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5225-4510.