"Your Veterinary

Toolbox 2025"

Keynote Speakers 

per August 2019

Pamela Adkins 

Pamela Adkins DVM PhD DACVI is an Assistant Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri. She attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University and then completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri. She completed a PhD in the area of heifer mastitis with specific interest in non-aureus staphylococcal species.  Her current appointment includes clinical work in the food animal hospital and research. Current research interests include staphylococcal mastitis, the impacts of heat stress on dairy cattle, the microbiome of dairy cattle, and the effects of antimicrobial usage. She is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, National Mastitis Council, and the American Dairy Science Association.

Aart van Amerongen

Dr Aart van Amerongen studied Medical Biology at the University of Utrecht and received his PhD from the same university on a nonspecific cholesterol and phospholipid transfer protein. As a postdoc he studied antibody epitope mapping by synthetic peptides (PEPSCAN technology; Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad). In 1990 he changed to Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, a not-for-profit contract research institute from Wageningen University & Research. He is heading the expertise cluster BioSensing & Diagnostics. Research focuses on the development of POC/onsite and multi-analyte diagnostic platforms and applications in fields ranging from the agriculture, food, feed, veterinary and up to the human sector. Dr van Amerongen is one of the founders and organisers of the conference series Rapid Methods Europe (2004 onwards; 13th event from 2-4 November 2020 in Amsterdam).

Nick Bell

Since 2016, Nick focuses on his work as an independent herd health veterinary consultant for progressive dairy producers, based in Dorset, UK. He maintains an active research interest at Nottingham University as a honorary associate professor. Prior to this he worked at the Royal Veterinary College for 6.5 years and before that he spent 8 years at the University of Bristol where he worked on the Healthy Feet Project. He ran his own large animal practice and spent several years working as a clinician but found he enjoys the challenge of working with the best producers and innovators in the UK. He is a proud member of the European College of veterinary specialists and an RCVS recognised specialist. Nick is chief auditor for the cattle Hoofcare standards board, member of the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers, and enjoys nothing more than treating a lame cow and improving cow comfort. Nick still considers himself European and we know that he is delighted and honoured to speak at the European Bovine Congress 2019.

Tijn Bettink

Tijn Bettink, Spaarne veterinair. Trained as a mechanical engineer with a passion for people and technology. Already 15 years coach and trainer in the veterinary and human medical field. Tijn's life mission is "connecting people with themselves and their environment". Utilizing ancient wisdom and modern technology, Tijn manages to touch the deeper connection of people and to give people a place in a future dominated by technology. Man and machine as a collaboration.

Andrew Biggs

Andrew Biggs is an internationally recognised academic despite being immersed in everyday general practice since joining as a new graduate in 1981. He now acts as an international consultant on mastitis, tuberculosis and cattle health in general. A past president of the British Cattle Veterinary Associationhe has written and lectured extensively and produced his own textbook "Mastitis in Cattle” as well assetting up and running The Vale Veterinary Laboratory.

David Black

David Black worked as a vet with all species, but mostly with farm animals. He is Managing Director of Paragon, a mixed independent veterinary practice in Cumbria.  He has a particular interest in cattle breeding and fertility, including advanced breeding technologies, recently achieving a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine qualification in this speciality.  Recently he has been responsible for the establishment of a company called Activf-ET which delivers cattle breeding services, and especially IVF.  Paragon was one of the founders of XLVets. David spent 11 years as Managing Director of that organisation before stepping down from the Board in the Summer of 2017.  XLVets is a nationally distributed group of independent veterinary practices working together to achieve their aim of "Excellence in Practice”. And most recently David has co-founded VetSalus, an organisation which seeks to develop global veterinary collaboration, consultancy and training.

Christianne Bruschke

Christianne Bruschke graduated in 1991 as veterinarian and started working in a mixed private practice. In 1993 she joined the Virology department of the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad where she did a PhD on pestivirology and was heading the laboratory for bovine virology from 1994 on. After that she was seconded for a year to the Inspection Service for Livestock and Meat. A year later she returned to Lelystad as head of the unit Notifiable Diseases and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases. In 2005 joined the Ministry of Agriculture and was seconded to the OIE. In 2008 she returned to The Hague as deputy Chief Veterinary Officer and since 2010 she is the Chief Veterinary Officer of The Netherlands.

Sebastian Claessens

Growing up with the dream of becoming a veterinarian, he looked around in different practices in Belgium and the Netherlands. Being inspired by the way practices in the Netherlands took care of farm animal health as a team effort; Sebastian decided to apply at Utrecht University. Soon after graduation he was able to start in a veterinary practice in the northern part of the Netherlands. Thereafter, in Twente his interest evolved from treating the clinical cases to prevention of disease and coaching farmers. In 2017 Sebastian was able to become a team member of the ruminant vets at Dierenartsen Midden Brabant, based in Diessen. As a team they aim to exploit each other’s qualities to take care of our farmers and their animals in the best possible way.  Besides daily work as at the practice he is involved as a consultative veterinarian in the dairy sector. 

Rens van Dobbenburgh

Dutch veterinarian with professional background as livestock practitioner in the southern part of the Netherlands, the highest animal densed area of Europe. Besides practice active as board member of Royal Dutch Veterinary Association (KNMvD). Since 2004 veterinary CEO of AUV Veterinary Co-operative/Group. 2012 acquired by Henry Schein plc, global distributor of supplies for veterinary practices. Merged 2019 with Vets First Choice into Covetrus. Since 2012 to date companies chief veterinary officer Europe. 2009 – 2015 board member of the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners (UEVP). Since 2015 vice-president of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE). Currently chairing FVE/UEVP Medicines Working Group and chairing on behalf of FVE the European Platform of Responsible use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA).

Michael Doherty

Professor Michael Doherty is Dean and Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin. He is a Diplomate and former President of the European College of Bovine Health Management. An Executive Member of Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and former Chair of the AHI Technical Working Group on the national control of BVD, his recent research has included studies on the control of paratuberculosis and lameness in the Irish dairy herd.

Lianne van Dongen

After finishing my Veterinary studies in Utrecht, I have worked as a differentiated veterinarian with cattle/sheep/goats in New Zealand and in the Netherlands for the last 14 years. I have a wide view of what is going on in our sector and felt the urge to broaden my horizons besides the practical veterinary work. Since 2018 I am the Veterinary Director at Vee & Logistiek Nederland/Veepro Holland. 
V&L N is the branch organization for entrepreneurs in livestock trade and transport, collecting centers, importers and exporters of livestock. The total revenue of this sector is 5 Millard euro’s yearly which makes an important contribution to the Dutch Export. 
V&L N represents her members at different levels: politics, government, society and chain partners. At the European level V&L N is associated with the European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV) and the Exporters Platform (ExPla).


John Fishwick

John is a Diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management, holds the RCVS Diploma of Cattle Health and Production and is a RCVS Recognised Specialist Status. He is currently Senior Vice President of the British Veterinary Association, with particular responsibility for livestock diseases, antimicrobial resistance and the responsible use of medicines. He was previously President of the British Cattle, the Hertfordshire and the Bedfordshire Veterinary Association. He is examiner in Production Animals for the RCVS Statutory Membership Examination and sits on the RCVS Specialisation Sub-Group. He is a member of the Defra core GB Livestock Group At the RVC he has been head of the Biological Services Unit, Senior Clinical Tutor and from 2013 to 2016 was head of the Department of Production and Population Health. John was formally Head Veterinary Surgeon on the Hertfordshire County Show and as the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Royal Smithfield Society.


Fieke van Genugten

Drs Fieke Uiterwaal-van Genugten, Co-owner Dierenartsenpraktijk Doetinchem-Zeddam, graduated at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht in 2007. After some years in a large animal practice in Oss, mid-south in the Netherlands, she moved to Dierenartsenpraktijk Doetinchem-Zeddam, a combined practice in the east of the Netherlands. At this practice she works at the large animal department Agropraktijk. Since 2013 she is co-owner of this practice, which also has a departments for companion animals and an equine clinic. She volunteers as vice-president for CPD, Collectief Praktiserende Dierenartsen. The Dutch board for practicing veterinarians. This board lobbies for a healthy work environment for veterinairians in practice, in which deregulation in order to keep the best practice and therapy for animals as legal options, is one of the central themes.


Raphaël Guatteo

Raphaël Guatteo is professor in Bovine Medicine & Health Management at the veterinary college of Nantes (Oniris). Graduated in 2000, he worked in mixed practice and come back at Oniris to complete a PhD on the epidemiology of Q fever in cattle. He became assistant professor in 2007 and is now associated professor since 2016. His research activities are focused on the evaluation of the informative value of tests and assessment methods (infectious disease such as Q fever, digital dermatitis, paratuberculosis, hypocalcemia, monitoring tools, welfare assessment protocols) and the evaluation of control measures and action plans for infectious (Q fever, paratuberculosis, neosporosis) and production diseases (lameness mainly DD, welfare, metabolic disease).

Arnold Harbers
Data analyst at Nedap Livestock Management

Arnold Harbers (1971) was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Netherlands. After completing his MSc in Animal Breeding from Wageningen University he started his professional career as a geneticist at a large Dutch dairy genetics company. This is where he learned to appreciate the value of data in enhancing farm productivity.

Arnold is currently working as a data analyst at Nedap Livestock Management, a Dutch company that develops sensors for precision dairy farming. His main focus is to improve farm productivity through better use of sensor data from individual cows.

In his talk he will focus on the impact of precision dairy technology on the work of the veterinarian and the skills the veterinarian of 2025 will need to benefit from this technology.

Miel Hostens

Miel Hostens is an Assistant Professor at department of Farm Animal Health focusing on herd health management in relation to Big Data in dairy management. After obtaining his Veterinary Master degree at Ghent University in 2006, he enrolled into a PhD project called “Health and Fertility Challenges in High Yielding Dairy Cows during the Transition Period and the Use of Dietary Fatty Acids as an Optimization Strategy”. He worked as a post-doc assistant position on the optimization of productive and reproductive performances in small and large herds with an emphasis on nutrition at the Ambulatory Clinic of the Department of Reproduction, Obstetrics and Herd Health until 2018. He is currently involved in the education of bachelor and master students in Veterinary Medicine and statistical training of Ph.D. students in data management of dairy cows. Finally, he actively participates in post academic and extension services in the area of herd health management in dairy cows as well as data science.


Caroline Huetink

Caroline Huetink is a dairy veterinarian and co owner of a mixed animal practice in Noord-Brabant. She graduated form Utrecht University in 2002 and has worked as a dairy veterinarian ever since. Her daily work consists of herd health advisory on dairy farms. From 2011 through 2015 she was president of the Veterinary Board for Ruminant Health as part of the Royal Dutch Veterinary Association (KNMvD). Since 2016 she is chairman of Kernpraktijken Rundvee (KPR), a cooperation of innovating dairy practices in the Netherlands. Together the members of KPR aim for a high standard of veterinary quality, optimal animal health and a sustainable future for both dairy farmers and veterinarians. 

James Husband

James Husband, comes from a dairy farming background in S Wales. After qualifying from Cambridge University in 1993, he spent 10 years in dairy practice before setting up Evidence Group, a veterinary consultancy company which specializes in dairy cow nutrition and is also closely involved in dairy supply chain standards for milk buyers and supermarkets.
His research interests centre on metabolic disease and in particular the prediction of post parturient hypocalcaemia using urine markers.


Jon Huxley

Jon Huxley was raised on the family dairy farm in North Wales and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1995. Following time in commercial farm animal practice and at Bristol Veterinary School he became a foundation staff member in 2006 at the University of Nottingham’s new Veterinary School. In 2018 he moved to Massey to become Head of the School of Veterinary Science and Professor of Dairy Cow Health.


Ron de Jong

Ron has worked as a veterinarian and a veterinarian teacher for several years before switching careers to the field of personal development and happiness at work. As a certified professional coach and job crafting specialist he now helps both individual professionals, teams and organisations to get to a healthier and happier way of working. In 2015 he founded ‘Veterinary Happiness’ stating that well-being is such an important subject in the veterinary field, it deserves its own name. 
Websites: www.veterinaryhappiness.nl / www.veterinaryhappiness.com

Arian Kamp

For 35 years I am a passionate dairy farmer in a family owned farm of 47 hectares with a herd of  210 cattle (including heifers and calves) with a total annual production of 1.6 million kg milk. The cows are milked by AMS and in summer period they are free to pasture day and night. We aim to drive the farm  sustainable, economically and entrepreneurial  in balance with environmental and social  values with a high standard of animal health. Seven days a week we are focused on a high standard of daily management, using all available data and knowledge and a minimum use of antibiotics. The farm is supplied with electric energy by own solar panels. On behalf of some cooperative roles of Arian there is external labour for 28 hours a week. Arian is Chairman of the Supervisory board of Royal Agrifirm Group and member of the supervisory board of Rabobank. Our farm offers the possibility at primary/secondary school classes to visit for educational efforts and also other excursions are visiting our farm.

Petra Kock

Petra Kock graduated in 1994 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University. Since May 2015, she has been working as a Sustainable Dairy Development and Quality Affairs manager at FrieslandCampina. From there, she is involved in many sectoral processes at NZO and the Sustainable Dairy Chain - including the development of Koemonitor, the KalfOK score and the updated salmonella approach.
Between 1994 and 1997 she was a practicing farm veterinarian. From 1998 to May 2015, Petra worked in various roles at the Animal Health Service. She was head of the ruminant veterinary surgeons department for several years. In addition, animal health monitoring and account management included dairy farming and dairy.

Wim Kremer

Wim Kremer is professor ‘Educating Professionals’ at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He is veterinarian by training. After graduation in 1986 he worked for more than 20 years as a practitioner and lecturer both in practice. His research resulted in a PhD degree on bovine mastitis in 1993. Wim was registered as Diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management in 1999. In 2009 he was appointed as professor of Farm Animal Health in particular Education and from 2012 to 2019 he served as Head of school and Vice Dean of Education of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Currently he is also member of the board of the Centre for Academic Teaching, and chair of the focus areas of Utrecht University: ‘Professional Performance’’. 

Merel Langelaar 

Merel graduated as a veterinarian in large animal health in 1996. She left the Netherlands to start a mixed practice in the South of France, together with her husband. In 1998 she returned to NL to work as a practitioner and teacher at the faculty of veterinary medicine in Utrecht, where she started a PhD in immunology in 1999. In 2005 she moved to the National Public Health Institute (RIVM), for a postdoc position. She did research in immunology, a project on Echinococcus granulosus in foxes, she made a website for the general public on zoonoses and she organised several symposia, bringing together human and veterinary medicine. In 2010 she started as a scientific secretary at the Health Council where she authored, amongst others, the advice on the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry and the risks of resistance for humans. Since 2012 she works for the Health and Youth Care Inspectorate. Merel is chairperson of the Royal Dutch Veterinary Association.

Jo Leroy

Jo Leroy is a ruminant veterinarian (2001) and did his PhD about the impact of the negative energy balance in dairy cows on reproductive physiology and on oocyte and embryo quality (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ugent, Belgium). He collaborated in the ambulatory large animal clinic.

In fall 2006 Leroy moved to the University of Antwerp teaching Veterinary Physiology, Pathophysiology and Husbandry. Furthermore, he has built his own research line focusing on the effect of maternal metabolic health on embryo quality and on offspring’s health. Leroy is president of the AETE (www.aete.eu) and advisor of industrial partners. He is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and supervised more than 10 PhD theses. Since 1 January 2018 he is full professor (UAntwerp). www.uantwerp.be/veterinary-physiology-biochemistry


Jan Lievaart

Jan Lievaart graduated in 2000 from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Utrecht University, The Netherlands and worked for two years as a practitioner in a dairy cattle practice. In 2002 he returned to Utrecht University to teach, deliver services from the ambulatory clinic, complete a master in Veterinary Epidemiology and a PhD on udder health. In 2007 he joined the veterinary program at Charles Sturt University in Australia as head of the discipline group “Production animals and Epidemiology”. Since 2011, he has worked as a management consultant for large dairy practices in The Netherlands and started two consultancy business for hoof health and calf rearing. Late 2017 he joined the Evidensia group in The Netherlands as operational director of the Farm Animal department. 


Sabine Mann

Dr. med. vet. Sabine Mann, PhD, Dip.ECBHM, Dip.ACVPM (Epidemiology) is an Ambulatory clinician and researcher at Cornell University (USA). Her work focuses on the integration of nutrition, metabolism, and immune regulation in transition phases. 

Sabine graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine (Hannover) in 2007. She completed an Ambulatory internship and residency at Cornell, as well as an ECBHM residency at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. She became ECBHM diplomate in 2012, diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) in 2016, and of the Epidemiology Specialty in 2017. She earned her German doctorate for work on antimicrobial resistance in cattle in 2011 (LMU), and her PhD in nutrition and metabolism from Cornell in 2016. Besides being a large animal clinician, she leads her own independent research group at Cornell. 


Rimke van Nesselrooij

Rimke van Nesselrooij graduated from Utrecht University in March 2018. She now works as a veterinarian for Dierenkliniek Benschop Oudewater, focusing on dairy and meat cattle. She became a vet in an effort to improve animal welfare for farm animals.

Together with five other young vets she represents all young veterinarians through Platform Jonge Dierenartsen (PJD), which is part of the KNMvD. She is a spokesperson for young vets and graduating students and organizes symposia, meetings and debates regarding issues which young vets face. In her spare time Rimke likes to plan her next holiday and ride her Ducati Monster. 

Bart Pardon

Bart Pardon is a veterinarian (Ghent, 2007), working at the department of Large Animal Internal Medicine (Ghent University). He currently is the head of the internal medicine division of the ruminant clinic and lectures in the fields of large animal internal medicine and physiology. He holds a PhD (Morbidity, mortality and drug use in white veal calves with emphasis on respiratory disease, 2012) and is diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM (2016)). Next to his work in the clinic, Bart and his team provide herd health services. He leads a research group focusing on respiratory diseases and rational antimicrobial use. Ongoing projects deal with rapid diagnostics, Mycoplasma bovis, rational antimicrobial use, epidemiology of respiratory tract infections and stable air quality. 

Wim H.M. van der Poel

Prof. Wim van der Poel, DVM, PhD, is senior scientist at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research and special Professor of ‘Emerging and Zoonotic viruses’ at Wageningen University. He is the chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Research Consortium for Animal Health and member of the Project Management Board of the European Joint Program One Health (EJP One Health). He also coordinates the EPIZONE European Research Group, the network on epizootic animal diseases research. The research work of Prof. Van der Poel involves at least three main areas: New and emerging viruses, Infection and epidemiology of zoonotic viruses, including hepatitis E virus, and ‘Global One Health’. 

Diether Prins

Diether Prins is a Dutch cattle veterinarian based in Scotland. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2004 from the University of Ghent and has been working as a farm animal practitioner ever since. He obtained the Certificate in Cattle Health and Production followed by the Diploma in Bovine Health Management and is both an RCVS recognised specialist and Diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management. Diether is strong believer in lifelong learning for bovine practitioners. His work includes both clinical work on the farms and fields of the UK as well as veterinary consultancy worldwide. His main interests are providing theoretical and practical training to farm vets, with a special focus on the transitioning period from recent graduate to experienced farm veterinarian.

Annette Prohl

Annette Prohl is working as a veterinarian in a large dairy practice in Ankum, Germany since 2015. Her work includes ambulatory practice as well as dairy consulting with an emphasis on calf management. Due to the ongoing growth of the practice, she is also involved in the acquisition and training of new veterinary colleagues.

Annette graduated from the veterinary faculty of the university of Leipzig in 2011. She then worked at the Friedrich Loeffler Institut in Jena, receiving her PhD in 2015. Her research topic was an animal model of a bacterial lung infection in calves with a focus on treatment options and immunology.

Kristen Reyher

Kristen Reyher is Reader in Veterinary Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Bristol. She has worked in livestock veterinary practice in three countries and holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine as well as a PhD in veterinary epidemiology. Kristen currently leads an interdisciplinary research group (the AMR Force) focussed on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship with more than £9 million of funding from public sources as well as charities and industry. She also directs the first studies applying a communication methodology called Motivational Interviewing to veterinarian-client communication. Kristen was the principal investigator for the Global Resource for Online Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM) Learning project which produced the widely used website EBVMLearning.org. She is interested in making research accessible (and accomplish-able) to veterinary practitioners worldwide.


Laura Rinaldi

Prof. dr Laura Rinaldi - is Associate Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases and the ERASMUS coordinator at the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, University of Naples Federico II. She became Associate Member of the European Veterinary Parasitology College in 2006 and received the International “Peter Nansen Young Scientist” Award given by the WAAVP in 2011. She has been responsible of Italian and European research projects dealing with diagnosis, epidemiology and control of parasitic infections in ruminants. She is the President of the International Society for Geospatial Health (GnosisGIS) and of the Livestock Helminth Research Alliance (LiHRA). She is Associate Editor of the Journals Geospatial Health and BMC Veterinary Research. She has been lecturer/keynote speaker/chairperson at congresses around the world, particularly on the subjects of diagnosis, epidemiology and controlling parasites of livestock. The scientific production consists of over 200 publications, published on international scientific journals with peer referee.

Jamie Robertson

Jamie Robertson is an independant research consultant having spent early years in the UK and abroad working on environment/ health associations in the pig, poultry and cattle sectors.  Ex SAC and Aberdeen University, currently honorary research fellow at Aberdeen and teaching fellow at the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Mentally violent about the state of cattle youngstock management, with significant focus on the design of systems and especially buildings that will promote good health and efficient management.

Jonathan Rushton

Jonathan Rushton is an agricultural economist who specialises in the economics of animal health and food systems. His principal research interests are the: Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) where he leads a global program; economics of antimicrobial use and resistance in livestock; and assessment of the multidimensionality of food quality and public health. He has recently completed a studies on the economics of antimicrobial use in livestock in SE Asia for FAO and the economics of new livestock vaccines for the EU funded SAPHIR project. Jonathan embraces One Health approaches in the search for solutions to society’s health problems. 

Jonathan is based at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, leads a University Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems and is part of the N8 Agrifood programme. He is also adjunct Professor in the School of Behavioural, Cognitive & Social Sciences of the University of New England, Australia and president of the International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health.


Inge Santman-Berends

Inge Santman-Berends has a PhD degree in epidemiology and currently works as a veterinary epidemiologist at GD Animal Health. Additionally, she is also part-time employed at Utrecht University to coordinate an European project into harmonisation of output of disease control programmes between countries. Within GD, Inge is affiliated to the Epidemiology division which is part of the research and development department of GD Animal Health. Inge her work mainly focuses on cattle health in the Netherlands. Inge conducted a lot of research on calf mortality, calf rearing and was one of the developers of KalfOK. During the EBC conference she will present the findings of her work and her view on what a cattle practitioner needs in 2025 with regard to young stock rearing.

Martin Scholten

Dr Martin Scholten is member of the Board of Directors of Wageningen University & Research responsible for Animal Sciences, Livestock Research, Bioveterinary Research and Marine Research. 
As an ecologist by background and now active in the field of agro-sciences, he introduced the principles of “Feeding the World within the Carrying Capacity of Planet Earth”;  “Livestock Farming with Care”, “A circular food production in a biobased society”, and “Disruptive Technologies in responsible innovation in Agribusiness”. 
He is a valued advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality contributing to the vision of Minister Schouten “Agriculture, nature and food: valuable and connected – The Netherlands as a leader in circular agriculture”. He is part of the leadership of the GRA (Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gasses), leading the Flagship “Climate Smart Agriculture by Circularity”.

Ynte Schukken

Ynte graduated as a veterinarian from Utrecht University in 1985, after which he completed a PhD in veterinary epidemiology at Utrecht University and Cornell University. He worked until 1999 as a practitioner in the University ambulatory clinic. In 1999 he moved to Ithaca, New York to head the Quality Milk Production Services at Cornell University. Since 2017, he is Chief Executive Officer of GD Animal Health in Deventer the Netherlands and special Professor of Management of Farm Animal Health at Wageningen University and also a special Professor of Farm Animal Disease Control Programs at Utrecht University. 

His approach to research has been a comprehensive application of epidemiological, mathematical and patho-biological methods. This integrated approach emphasizing strong collaborations with scientists in related but different disciplines has provided him with the most productive solutions to research questions. He enjoys working in the field and with animals. Often field data provide crucial information and hypotheses that lead to formulation of research questions. However, field data are often crude with many potential biases. More precise measurements and study designs in controlled environments may provide further insight into the disease dynamics. Applied immunology and bacterial molecular typing methods provide a high resolution for detailed insight into infection dynamics within and between hosts. Results from these experimental studies may then be further verified under field conditions. 

Francesco Testa

Francesco Testa graduated in Veterinary Medicine in Milan in 1992, and achieved his PhD in 2012 at the same University. He works as bovine practitioner for the technical service for farmers in Lombardy with special interest in milk quality and udder health, management of reproduction and welfare of dairy cows. He performs herd health and production management evaluations using the Italian version of Dairy Comp 305.

Jan Vaarten

After graduation from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) Jan Vaarten, DVM, started his veterinary career in a mixed practice in the Netherlands. He then joined the pharmaceutical industry where he worked on the development of vaccines. Later on he worked as policy officer for the Royal Netherlands Veterinary Association and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture.  

Since 2003 Jan Vaarten is Executive Director of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, a federation of 49 veterinary professional organisations in 41 European countries, representing the European veterinary profession.

In 2010, Jan Vaarten was appointed Executive Secretary of the World Veterinary Association, an association of over 90 veterinary organisations across the world. The WVA is the internationally recognized global voice of veterinary medicine, working with partners around the world including OIE, WHO, and FAO.

Rob Wanders

Rob Wanders is a data scientist at consultancy firm CGI. He focuses on innovative applications of artificial intelligence within laboratories and healthcare. His current work involves automatic detection of complications in medical care, and automatic classification of DNA sequences within veterinary diagnostics. Before, he studied psychology and econometrics. The combination of domain knowledge and advances in technology is what drives him. He did his PhD on Big Data and Health at the University Medical Center Groningen where he researched atypical patterns in patient data and early detection of diagnoses. 


Geart Benedictus

Geart Benedictus is a veterinarian and consultant, born in Fryslân, Netherlands. DVM University of Utrecht, Netherlands, 1976, PhD, 1985; veterinary specialization in buiatrics Royal Dutch Veterinary Ass, 1999. Private veterinary practice, Joure, Fryslân, 1976-1991; director Animal Health Service North-Netherlands 1991-1995, Animal Health Service Netherlands, Deventer, 1995-2000. Others: Chairman Farmer`s Union, Indoor Friesland, Dutch Cattle Improvement Organisation NVO and Foundation Genetic Evaluation Bulls, board of directors Friesland Bank, chairman board of directors LTO Vastgoed, chairman environmental organisation BFVW, idem Tusken Skarren en Marren. Member en vice-chairman regional parliament, senator Upper House Dutch parliament for the political party Christian Democrats.

At this moment he is chairman of a number of profit and non-profit organisations (like HAPIN, Papua Support Foundation) and advisor to government and business.

Jan Willem Hesselink, DVM, PhD 

He obtained his DVM at the University of Utrecht in 1980. After his military service he worked for 3 years as veterinary practitioner in the Dutch Antilles and subsequently 14 years in Marum, The Netherlands. In 1994 he completed his PhD. In 1998 he was board certified in equine reproduction. In1999 he joined the Animal Health Service. He is board certified in Equine Reproduction and Ruminant Herd Health and is diplomate of the ECAR. In 2001 he was appointed as business manager at the University Medical Center Groningen. In 2006 he was appointed as Associate Professor and director of the UMCG Cancer Program. From 2011 he works as professor topreferral health care of companion animals at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht. 

Theo Lam

Theo Lam DVM, PhD is manager Research and Development at GD Animal Health, Deventer. He also is part-time professor bovine mastitis management and milk quality at the department of Farm Animal Health, faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. His contact details are: t.lam@gddeventer.com.
Theo graduated as a veterinarian in 1990 and received his PhD in 1996 based on a thesis on the dynamics of bovine mastitis in low somatic cell count dairy herds. After his graduation he went to private practice, mainly working as a veterinarian in herd health advisory as well as in ambulatory work. In 2006 he left practice and started working for GD. In 2011 Theo was appointed as a part-time (0,2) professor at Utrecht University in addition to his work at GD. 

Jet Mars

Jet Mars graduated in 1987 in Utrecht as veterinarian and started working at the veterinary Faculty in Utrecht in the field of Internal Medicin for large animals. From 1994 to1995 she worked at GD Animal Health Service  in the field of cattle diseases.  She joined the Virology department of the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad in 1995 where she did a PhD on vaccinology and epidemiology of BHV1. From 1999 she joined the Research and Development department of GD in Deventer, where she is responsible for the quality and innovation of cattle diagnostics.

Tine van Werven

Tine van Werven is an Associate Professor Dairy Herd Management at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Tine graduated as a veterinarian in 1988 at Utrecht University and received her PhD in 1999 based on “The role of leucocytes in E.colimastitis”.  Within her job at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine she works as well at the University Farm Animal Practice in Harmelen, the Netherlands. In this large dairy practice she is responsible for research. These two functions are a perfect combination of practice and science, which helps to achieve more evidence for new and existing therapies. Within the large dairy practice ULP she has been working  several years on the prudent use of antimicrobials.  An antimicrobial reduction of more than 35% was achieved within five years. In 2013 she was a member of the committee who developed the guideline “The use of antimicrobials at dry cow treatment”.  

Rozan van Rossum 

Rozan van Rossum started her veterinary education at Utrecht University in 2001. She follow the honoursprogamme (Excellent Tracé) as part of her studies in 2005-2006. After graduation in 2008, Rozan started working in farm animal practice in Noord-Brabant, the Dutch province that is your host for EBC2019. Over the next 8 years she specialized in dairy cattle and developed a profound interest in farm consultancy that focusses on result and preventive rather than curative veterinary medicine. Since 2015 Rozan is chairman of the Formularium Commissie Melkvee, and as such responsible for advising Dutch veterinarians on antimicrobial use in dairy cattle. She lives in Berlicum, neighbouring town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, with boyfriend Joep and dog Dr Watson. In her spare time Rozan enjoys sports (rugby, running, crossfit/fitness etc.), traveling and reading.