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 (http://www.parasietenwijzer.nl/eng/). 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


Degrees:         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.