Deborah Van Doorn

Utrecht University

DEBORAH VAN DOORN works at Utrecht University - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biomolecular Health Sciences. She is a senior teacher in veterinary parasitology.  In the past few years her research activities were mainly focused on the epidemiology of cyathostomin infections in horses and the resistance development of cyathostomins against macrocyclic lactones. Molecular identification of cyathostomin species and involvement in anthelmintic resistance. Resistance development of Parascaris equorum against macrocyclic lactones. Development of web based tool for practitioners, professionals and students (https://www.parasietenwijzer.nl/e/). Investigation of the attitude of practitioners and horse owners towards helminth control in horses. Incidence and prevalence studies of a variety of parasite species in horses and other mammals.

Therefore she invested in knowledge transfer through lectures and practicals/workshops and non scientific articles on animal helminth and protozoan infections. 

Frank M. Andrews

School of Vet Med, Louisiana State University

I completed my DVM and MS training at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, Washington, then work in private mixed large animal practice as a staff veterinarian in Walla Walla, Washington for a year after graduation. I then completed an Equine Medicine and Surgery Residency (emphysis on equine internal medicine) at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio and am board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. After 20 year on the faculty at the University of Tennessee, I am currently the Louisiana State Veterinary Medicine Association (LVMA) Equine Committee Professor and Director of the Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU-SVM). I have a general interest in equine internal medicine, with emphasis in the area of equine gastrointestinal diseases.  My research interest includes diagnosis, treatment and dietary management of gastric ulcer disease in horses. As Director of the EHSP (https://lsu.edu/vetmed/ehsp), I work with a talented group of researchers with an emphasis on translational research in horses that is disseminated to horse owner, trainers, and veterinarians throughtout the US and world. As Director, my main focus is to lead by example and contribute and help others to be successful in equine clinical medicine and clinical research.

Marcus Clauss

Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich

27.09.1970      born in Bochum, Germany

Veterinarian (1997)
Master of Science in Wild Animal Health (1998)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Dissertation) (2000)
Certified Specialist in Animal Nutrition and Dietetics (Germany) (2005)
Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) (2006)
Habilitation (Dr. med. vet. habil.) (2007)
Professor ad personam for Digestive Physiology, Nutrition and Biology of Wild Animals, Exotic                                  
Pets and Wildlife (from 2013 onwards)

1991-1997       Studies of veterinary medicine
in Munich, including rotations at the Clinic for Internal Medicine and the Bird Clinic, Munich, the abbatoir in Hamburg, the Zoological Gardens of Vienna, Nürnberg, Milwaukee, at Hluhluwe Game Reserve, RSA, and with Dr. R. Bourroughs, RSA

1997-1998       MSc Course
in Wild Animal Health at the Institute Zoology, Zoological Society of London /Royal Veterinary College (facilitated by a grant of the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service)

1997-2000       Dissertation
thesis at the Institute of Animal Physiology, Physiological Chemistry and Animal Nutrition, Munich (Prof. Dr. E. Kienzle)

2007                 Habilitation
at the Veterinary Faculty, Munich


1998-2000    Research Assistant
at the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) Berlin (Director: Prof. R. R. Hofmann) in the Research Group for Nutritional Adaptations (Dr. M. Lechner-Doll) (comparative digestive physiology and nutrition)

2000-2005    Research Assistant
at the Institute of Animal Physiology, Physiological Chemistry and Animal Nutrition, Munich (Prof. Dr. E. Kienzle) (comparative digestive physiology and nutrition; part of the Bavarian BSE Risk Assessment Group; veterinary education – domestic animal nutrition)

since 2005    Senior Research Associate (“Wissenschaftlicher Abteilungsleiter”)
at the Division of Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife (Prof. J.-M. Hatt) of the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Switzerland (comparative digestive anatomy, physiology, and nutrition; zoo animal medicine; veterinary education – comparative nutrition, zoo animal medicine, “Zoo Research Camp”)

since 2013    Professor ad personam
for Digestive Physiology, Nutrition and Biology of Wild Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife at the University of Zurich

since 2008    Guest Professor
at the University of Gent, Belgium (for Animal Nutrition)

Wilbert Pellikaan

Animal Nutrition Group of Wageningen University & Research

Wilbert Pellikaan is assistant professor at the Animal Nutrition Group of Wageningen University & Research. In 2007 he obtained his current position within the Animal Nutrition Group with half of his time dedicated to lecturing subjects in general animal nutrition and animal nutrition physiology, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students. His main area of research is ruminant nutrition with a special interest in using novel tanniniferous fodder legumes in dairy cow nutrition to reduce enteric methane emissions. Since 2011 he conducts equine nutritional related studies within the Centre for Animal Nutrition, in collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Utrecht University. 


In 2007 he participated as a workpackage leader in an EU funded research training network ‘HealthyHay’, focussing on the effect of sainfoin tannins on methane production. This project was successfully continued in a subsequent EU funded initial training network ‘LegumePlus’ (www.legumeplus.eu) in which he also participated as a workpackage leader of the animal nutrition section. Currently, he is involved in an FACCE ERA-GAS network ‘Methlab’, where lactic acid bacteria are being used as silage inoculants or direct fed microbials to reduce enteric methane emissions from dairy cows, and is a partner within the EU-funded project ‘Equianfun’. The latter program studies the functioning of anaerobic fungi in the equine hindgut, which are of key-importance to dietary fibre degradation.


Current research interests and projects include the use of alkanes combined with stable isotope technique to assess botanical composition in diets of free ranging ruminants and equids, the use of tanniniferous feeds in dairy cow and equid nutrition, and further developments of in vitro techniques to study fermentation processes and microbial responses in the gastro intestinal tract of ruminants and equids.

Meriel Moore-Colyer

Royal Agricultural University

Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer graduated with a BSc hons in Agriculture in 1984 from University College of Wales Aberystwyth and completed her PhD in Equine Digestive Physiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2000. Meriel lectured in production animal and equine nutrition at Aberystwyth University from 1989 – 2004 during which time she won OECD and British Council scholarships for a sabbatical study period in France to continue her work on digestive physiology in the horse. Her research interests include fundamental digestive physiology and development of novel feeds for horses. More recently reducing dust in the stable environment has been a focus, concentrating on manipulation of forage to reduce the allergenic burden and improve the health and welfare of stabled horses. Meriel is a registered Animal Scientist with the Royal Society of Biology and a member of the scientific board for the European Workshop for Equine Nutrition.

Currently the Director of Research   and   Knowledge   Exchange   at   the   Royal    Agricultural University Meriel remains actively involved with teaching and supervising post-graduate research students in the Centre of Equine Management and Science. She is committed to the translation of equine research to the horse industry and regularly gives talks at international conferences and industry CPD days across the Globe.  A practical horsewoman Meriel has ridden from an early age, but recent retirement of her dressage horse has prompted a ‘hanging-up of the boots’ it remains to be seen how long she can live without a horse in her life !!

Geert Janssens

Ghent University

Prof. Geert Janssens is head of the lab, and is teaching animal nutrition to the veterinary students.

Research focuses most on the role of intestinal events on metabolic traits, nutritional modulation of energy homeostasis, and micromineral-related physiology. He appreciates the added value of comparative nutrition, involving species from throughout the animal kingdom within both wild and domesticated animals.

He is president of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition until September 2016

Pat Harris

Waltham centre for pet nutrition

After qualifying from Cambridge, Pat completed her PhD at the AHT into the Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome. She joined the WALTHAM Petcare Science institute in 1995 and is responsible for their equine research conducted in collaboration with experts at institutes and universities globally. This provides the science behind the SPILLERSTM, BUCKEYETM Nutrition and WINERGYTM brands.  Pat is a European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical and Comparative Nutrition, a RCVS recognised specialist in veterinary clinical nutrition (equine) and a BEVA Past-President.  She is the author or co-author of over 500 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters with recent emphasis on obesity, laminitis and senior horse nutrition.

Adolfo Paz-Silva

University of Santiago de Compostela

Adolfo Paz-Silva is senior lecturer at the Animal Health Department, in the Faculty of Veterinary of Lugo, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). In 2003 he obtained his current position with full of his time dedicated to lecturing subjects in Epidemiology, Zoonoses and Public Health, and Parasitic Diseases, as well as supervising undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. His main area of research consists of the control of parasites, through feasible diagnostics, proper treatment and development of preventive measures. He is Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC Diplomate) and EBVS® Veterinary Specialist in Parasitology, member of the Spanish Society of Parasitology and the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP).

Since 2013 he is the coordinator of the COPAR (Control of Parasites) Research Group at the USC, focused on reducing the levels of contamination by certain pathogens in the soil as a contribution to the integrated control of parasites among grazing animals, with a especial interest in applying strategies relying on biological agents as soil filamentous fungi.

Current research interests include the search for introducing sustainable procedures into routine programs for the control of parasites, mainly through the formulation of fungi with parasiticide activity into different presentations as a useful tool to prevent that grazing animals, especially horses, become infected while feeding on grasslands.

Annette Longland


She gained a BSc in Biology at the University of Stirling in 1978 and after two years of teaching in the Caribbean, returned to undertake a PhD at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. Thereafter, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Hull, specialising in microbial degradation of plant cell walls. She subsequently joined the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER), first at Hurley (in 1985) and then Shinfield, where she focussed on the digestion, absorption and metabolism of fibrous feeds by pigs. In 1991 she moved to IGER, Aberystwyth, where initially she worked on ruminant nutrition but by the mid-1990’s her work had shifted focus to equine nutrition, regarding the utilisation of plant carbohydrates by ponies. She was concurrently involved in an EU project evaluating changes in the carbohydrate content and composition of temperate grasses throughout the growing season. In 2005 she left IGER to run her own equine nutrition research consultancy, ELNS. In addition to consultancy work and lecturing, ELNS undertakes in vivo and in vitro equine nutrition research. The in vivo studies range from grazing intake trials and ways of manipulating pasture intakes, to feed digestibility studies. The in vitro work is more fundamental, including investigations of the effects of carbohydrate fractions on various fermentation parameters in a simulated equid hind gut system. Over the years she has supervised several MSc and PhD students in the UK and abroad and has been an external examiner for various BSc and higher degrees.

Aránzazu Meana

European Veterinary Parasitology College

Aránzazu Meana, DVM, PhD, EVPC Diplomate and EBVS® Veterinary Specialist in Parasitology was graduated from Veterinary Medicine Faculty at the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM), Spain.

After a short period as general practitioner in a private clinic, she became assistant for the Animal Health Department of the same University, where she completed her PhD thesis in 1990 about pathogenesis of ruminant gastrointestinal parasitic diseases. She did some postgraduate studies in Cambridge and Glasgow Veterinary Schools and is currently Full Professor in Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, while being also in charge of Parasitology Laboratory at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (UCM).

Her areas of research are the epidemiology and control of parasitic diseases, focusing mainly on gastrointestinal parasites of herbivores (ovine, bovine and equine) in which she has an active participation on meetings, and scientific congresses, including several books on clinical cases equine and bovine parasitology and many published papers. She was involved in the discovery in Europe of the honeybee intestinal microsporidium Nosema ceranae, closely related with recent honeybee high colony losses.

She is a member of the Spanish Society of Parasitology, the European Scientific Council for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) and the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP). Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC) since 2005, she has been secretary of ESCCAP- Spain from 2005 to 2011 and EVPC from 2012 to 2018. She is currently the EVPC Vicepresident.

Cecilia Müller

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Cecilia E. Müller, SLU. Cecilia graduated in Animal Science year 2000 and completed her PhD on Wrapped forages for horses in 2007. She is Associate Professor in Equine Feed Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) since 2013 and senior lecturer in equine nutrition and management at the Department of Animal Nutrition and Management, SLU. She is a member of the Committee appointing Associate Professors at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Scinece at SLU, and in the Horse Committee at the same faculty. Her research so far comprise different aspects of forages for horses including nutritive and hygienic quality and associations to equine health. Her research has been performed in e.g. forage production techniques, feed evaluation in vivo and in vitro, forage microbiology with special emphasis on moulds, plant maturity at harvest and nutritional composition of different grass species, equine hindgut digestion, equine eating behaviour, equine health related to nutrition, nutrition in aged horses, and intermediate metabolism in horses particularly from an insulin resistance and laminitis perspective. Currently she is running a research project on presence of Free faecal liquid in horses and its relation to feeding and management as well as hindgut microbiota. Cecilia enjoys horses both in science and practice and could not imagine a life without them.

Edwin Claerebout

Ghent University

Edwin Claerebout is an EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Parasitology (dipEVPC) and professor in parasitology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University, Belgium, where he lectures on parasitic diseases in domestic animals. His research interests are parasitic diseases in livestock, in particular gastro-intestinal parasites. Prof. Claerebout serves on the board of the Benelux branch of the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) since 2008.

Emanuela Valle

University of Torino

Dr. Emanuela Valle, DVM, PhD  is  Professor at the  Department of Veterinary Science of the University of Torino and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition.  She is in charge of the nutrition consultancy service at the teaching veterinary hospital, with particular reference to the nutrition of equine patients. Teaching activities are related to equine welfare course, equine clinical nutrition and animal nutrition. She is the author of peer-reviewed scientific publications and conference papers. She is also a writer for horse magazines. She is currently involved in different projects related to equine management especially related to the contribution of management and nutrition on the welfare of the horses and equine clinical nutrition. She is a horse enthusiast and owns donkeys and horses to ride as amateur.

Lieven Vlaminck

Ghent University

Lieven Vlaminck graduated as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from Ghent University, Belgium in 1993 and started his professional career in the surgery team of the Large Animal Surgery Department, Faculty of veterinary medicine, Ghent University. In 1999, he started a parallel PhD project which resulted in 2007 in completion of this PhD research project entitled ‘postextraction molariform tooth drift and alveolar grafting in ponies’. He was given the title of diplomate ECVS in 2008 after passing the certifying exam. In the same year he was promoted assistant professor in large animal surgery at Ghent University, later associate professor in 2013. He also became an ECVD Eq diplomate in 2013 and has been active within the college’s board and committees since then. Current research topics are dental problems in New World Camelids, equine cheek teeth occlusal fissure vs dental disease, bits and trauma to the bars and soft tissues of the horse’s mouth, epidemiology of EOTRH in horses, and endodontic techniques in equine cheek teeth.

Richard Ducatelle

Ghent University

Veterinarian, graduated from Ghent University in Belgium in 1978.

PhD in veterinary pathology from Ghent University in 1983.

Scientific advisor for the Belgian government from 1985 till 1989.

Professor in veterinary pathology at Ghent University, Belgium, since 1989.

Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Diplomate of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science.

President of WVPA Belgian branch since 1991.

Past-president of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology.

Member of the board of directors of Ghent University.




Scientific publications


Author or co-author of more than 650 scientific publications listed in the web of science (64 on equine health) and more than 400 abstracts in proceedings of international congresses.

Invited speaker at more than 100 national and international congresses.

Inventor on more than 10 patents.






Research interest is mainly in gastro-intestinal health, with a focus on poultry, calves and pigs.

Mentor of more than 20 PhD theses in this field of research.

Dominique-M Votion

University of Liège

Dr. Dominique-M Votion, DVM, PhD is a senior researcher at the ‘Fundamental and Applied Research for Animals & Health’ (FARAH) research unit from the University of Liège (Belgium). She is currently in charge of research programs related to muscle disorders.  These researches aimed at developing new diagnostic tools for muscle disorders in sport horses as well as at defining the preventative measures for atypical myopathy. In 2005, she launched the “Atypical Myopathy Alert Group” (AMAG) an informal European epidemio-surveillance network consisting of owners of horses, equine practitioners, national epidemiological networks and universities gathered to warn alerts regarding atypical myopathy (http://www.myopathie-atypique.be).  Her teaching activities are related to environmental toxicology. She is the author of peer-reviewed scientific publications and conference papers that are available on request through an open repository and bibliography (http://orbi.ULiège.ac.be/). She loves riding her horse and attaches great importance to her horse having access to the pasture while minimizing risk of environmental intoxication.

Karst Brolsma

Eurofins agro

Dr. K. M. Brolsma

I grew up at a cattle farm in Friesland, the Netherlands and I have a background in animal, plant and soil sciences. After completion I worked at the Grass Science Institute and focused on fatty acid composition of ruminants and roughage. It always fascinated me to see what happens under our feet and how that affects plant growth. My Ph.D research focused on soil microorganisms and how they are affected by plant traits. The link between crop development and the underground world is still largely unknown. Fortunately, that is slowly but surely changing. Currently, I am working as a agronomy researcher at Eurofins Agro in Wageningen (The Netherlands). Assessing soil fertility is one of our key businesses. As such I am in charge of the improvement of techniques to measure soil fertility and explore the potential of innovative techniques by means of lab, greenhouse, and field trials. The emphasis of that work is on nutrient flows in relation to crop quantity and quality (e.g. roughage quality characteristics). For the conference, I would like to share some of my experience of the role of soil fertility in the production of good roughage.  

Myriam Hesta

Ghent University

Myriam started working at the Animal Nutrition Laboratory at the veterinary faculty in Ghent shortly after she graduated as a veterinarian in 1996. She started the nutrition consultation service and successfully passed her ECVCN (European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition) diplomate exam in 2001. In 2003 she also received a PhD degree with her work on prebiotic supplementation in dogs and cats.

At this moment she is associate professor in animal nutrition at ECAN (equine and companion animal nutrition) at the department of veterinary medical imaging and small animal orthopaedics at Ghent university.

Her current topics of interest are obesity, gastrointestinal health and nutritional effects on immunity in companion animals including equines. She is supervising 3 ECVCN residents and is promoter of several PhD students at this moment. She is also former president of the European college (ECVCN). Myriam is an active member of several scientific committees (Scientific advisory board of FEDIAF) and is regularly invited as a speaker at international congresses and symposia.

Robin van den Boom

Utrecht University

Robin van den Boom graduated with honours From Utrecht University in 1996 and started his training in Equine Surgery. In 2002 he was registered as specialist in Equine Surgery bij the KNMvD (Royal Netherlands Veterinary Association, RNVA) and in 2004 he successfully completed his PhD on synovial fluid of the horse.

After completing his PhD Dr. van den Boom trained as a resident in Equine Internal Medicine and in 2009 passed the specialist exams of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine.

From September 2014 until February 2017 Robin was Head of the Department of Equine Health at the University of Adelaide (Australia) but since March 2017 he is, once more, a member of the Equine Medicine team at Utrecht. Recently his research has focussed on equine dermatology (in particular Insect Bite Hypersensitivity) and gastrointestinal problems (colic). 

Lieuwke Kranenburg

Utrecht University

Lieuwke Kranenburg graduated in 2003 from Utrecht University. She worked in a mixed small animal/equine practice in Weesp for three years. After which she returned for an equine internship at the Department of Equine Sciences from Utrecht University followed by an equine medicine residency. After completing the residency and passing the boards exam of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine in 2011 she worked as a equine medicine specialist for three years at Dierenkliniek Emmeloord.  

In 2014 she returned to Utrecht University at which she has worked since.  

She is responsible for the equine digestive programs in the bachelor and master.  And she also is the equine represent for the subject of clinical reasoning. 

She is involved in research projects which mainly include equine digestive issues such as sand colic, inflammatory bowel disease and gastric ulcers. 

Lieuwke is a past member of the NEVA board and past FEEVA representative for the Netherlands. 

Nanna Luthersson

Veterinarian & Researcher

Graduated from Copenhagen University 1992.

Worked in equine practice since 1992 and from 2007 at Hestedoktoren in Denmark, a smaller equine referral hospital. Focus on gastrointenstinal problems.

Research with focus on Gastric ulceration in Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Iceland.

Several published papers, regarding EGUS, laminitis and nutrition.

Teaching at universities and lecturing.

Tresemiek Picavet

DBP Veterinary Services

1984 Graduated in Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium. 

1984-1985: Surgery Department Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Ghent: equine orthopedic examinations, research and medical imaging horse under supervision of Professor Verschooten. 

1986-1992: Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, supervised by Professor Oyaert, Professor Muylle, and Dr. Nuytten. 

Special interest in equine respiratory horses, exercise physiology and gastro-intestinal . 

1992 - 2014 specialist in equine internal medicine and responsible for equine anaesthesia in De Bosdreef.

2004 Diplomate Equine Internal Medicin ECEIM.

From 2014 till now private equine referral practice DBP Veterinary Services, Spelonckvaart 44, 9180 Moerbeke-Waas, Belgium.

Chair of the Flemish Scientific Horse Health Association, member of the Education and Credentials Committee of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine 

Married to Paul De Baerdemaeker, 2 children. Hobby’s: friends, reading, horse riding.