Dr. Francisco Alberto Santoyo De Estefano


School of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics

"The University will always be my leader"

Dr. Francisco Alberto Santoyo De Estefano was born on April 28, 1995 in Monterey, Nuevo Leon. He graduated from Centro de Estudios Universitarios (CEU) as zootechnics veterinarian and later earned a master degree in Public Health from UANL. Dr. Santoyo has taught at our university for 35 years now. He was honored with the title Dean Master of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics in 2011 and Emeritus Professor on September 13, 2013.

Although Dr. Francisco Santoyo studied in a private university, he grew to love this university where he has made friends and been professor for three decades.

While being related to his veterinary career, his employment at UANL was oddly enough due to his passion for photography. "I started as an employee here. Back then, audiovisual media was widely used. I studied in a private school, but the dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at that time was also my professor at CEU. He knew I was a photographer, so he hired me in 1978 to develop audiovisual material for lectures."

Dr. Santoyo mentioned a person who left a mark on him. "Dr. Alfredo Piñeyro always inspired respect; he was brave and never gave up. Mostly, he taught me about many of the realities in the university, even the ones we do not like. It was deeply worried due to the frequent student and labor strikes. It never happened, however, since I began working here."

He shared his vision of the university: "The qualities of our incoming students have changed over time, but not all of these changes are favorable.” Dr. Santoyo believes many students lack values nowadays because “they do not see copying, spitting, or stealing as something wrong."

He takes his appointment as Emeritus Professor naturally. "I do not feel any different. When I knew they were going to propose me, I told them it was their decision. I will be the same, with or without appointment. Progress is essential, and to accomplish it, one must constantly evaluate oneself." This is why he thinks new technologies must be applied and updated at the university, or at least, in the undergraduate technology courses.

Finally, Dr. Santoyo addresses all students: "Keep an open mind to different job options. Sometimes students choose an undergraduate degree to work in a particular place. But they do not know what will happen when they complete their studies. You must keep your options open."

By: Edisa Garza Cantu