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Expert in Veterinary Epidemiology, Salmonella, Diarrheal Disease, Antimicrobial Resistance

Expert ID: 728544 Belgium

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Expert is a veterinarian with expertise in food animal production, Salmonella, E. coli, antimicrobial resistance, epidemiology and public health. She has experience in large animal practice, veterinary animal and public health legislation, public health and scientific research. She has worked in veterinary policy and legislation in Sweden and at the European Commission covering areas ranging from animal disease control in trade, BSE, residue and drug control to Salmonella control and product traceability. She spent 10 years in the United States performing research on Salmonella, Escherichia coli and antimicrobial resistance in food animal production and is now professor at the Ghent University in Belgium. Expert started (Undisclosed) Veterinary Consulting in 2008 to provide expertise and scientific support on epidemiology, bacteriology, clinical trials, food animal health and welfare, Salmonella and antimicrobial resistance. Her mission is to improve animal welfare and health, while protecting public health.

She has held various seminars to farmers, stake holders, veterinarians and others. These seminars have covered amongst others calf health, salmonella control, antimicrobial resistance, bovine reproduction, She has performed statistical analysis of various clinical trials conducted by commercial industries. She has performed analysis, adviced on improvement and written up reports Expert has performed meta-analysis of groups of clinical trials for commercial industries. Expert has participated in sales team visits to farms, feed mills, scientific institutions, veterinarians and other stake holders


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2004 Degree: PhD Subject: Comparative Pathology Institution: University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Year: 2001 Degree: Masters Subject: Preventive Veterinary Medicine Institution: University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Year: 1991 Degree: Doctor Subject: Veterinary Medicine Institution: Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, Sweden
Year: 1991 Degree: Masters of Science Subject: Veterinary Medicine Institution: Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, Sweden
Year: 1985 Degree: International Baccalaureate Subject: Primary education Institution: International School of Brussels, Belgium

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: Independent consultant
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Department: Department of Reproduction, Obstretics and Population Health Responsibilities: Professor in the Veterinary Epidemiology Unit. Working together with Prof. jeroen DeWulf on projects relating to antimicrobial resistance and zoonotic enteric bacteria in poultry and pig production.
Years: 2007 to 2008 Employer: Washington State University Title: Department: Field Disease Investigation Unit, School of Veterinary Medecine Responsibilities: She was in charge in research projects aiming to determine effect of antimicrobial use in dairy production and to determine effect of use. Expert was furthermore in charge of analyzing and publishing studies regarding Salmonella and E. coli in the dairy production and potential hazards to humans
Years: 1999 to 2007 Employer: University of California Title: Department: Population Health and Reproduction Responsibilities: Expert was in charge of developing, managing, analyzing and publishing research relating to antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in dairy production. She furthermore analyzed and published studies relating to the epidemiology of Salmonella in the dairy production environment.
Years: 1995 to 1998 Employer: National Food Administration Title: Department: Veterinary Inspection unit 1 Responsibilities: She was in charge of various dossiers involving policy development, such as import control of animal food products, residue control, Salmonella control, slaughter of farmed game. She was frequently involved in the European Union legislative and policy meetings.
Years: 1996 to 1996 Employer: European Commission Title: Department: DG VI/B.II.2 Responsibilities: Expert was involved in managing questions relating to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy during the major crisis time in 1996. She organized and chaired the scientific committee responsible for developing rules for specified risk material.
Years: 1992 to 1995 Employer: Swedish Board of Agriculture Title: Department: Import Control Unit Responsibilities: She was in charge of import of products of animal origin and animals for scientific purposes. She was furthermore leading the expert evaluating the European Community legislation in comparison to the Swedish legislation in preparing Sweden for the EEA agreement and later for the Swedish accession to the European Union.
Years: 1992 to 1991 Employer: Swedish Board of Agriculture Title: Large animal veterinarian Department: Field Unit Responsibilities: Expert worked as large animal veterinarian in various locations in Sweden.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1992 to 1995 Agency: Swedish Board of Agriculture Role: Veterinary Inspector Description: Expert was in charge of animal disease control in trade with products of animal origin. Furthermore she drafted and implemented several pieces of legislation and was an expert on the European Union legislation during the Swedish adhesion negotiations to the European Community
Years: 1995 to 1998 Agency: National Food Administration Role: Veterinary Officer Description: She was in charge of the residue control programme and the Salmonella control programme. She furthermore drafted several pieces of legislation relating to import control and veterinary hygiene in slaughter.
Years: 1996 to 1996 Agency: European Commission Role: National Expert Description: Expert was assisting European Commission officials during the BSE crisis. She was in charge of communications with the parliament and lead the scientific group that proposed hygiene requirements for specified risk material regarding spongiform encephalopaties
Years: 1997 to 1997 Agency: European Commission Role: National Expert Description: Expert assisted European Commission in evaluating the USA animal food legislation. She assisted European Commission teams on inspection of rendering facilities in Belgium

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1999 to 2007 Country / Region: USA Summary: She has worked with dairy operations of all sizes in Western USA. The work has included conducting clinical trials, field visits, interviews as well as routine working on the farms, thereby getting a very good hands on knowledge of the reality of dairy business in USA.
Years: 2008 to Present Country / Region: Europe Summary: Expert is currently working with animal production industries in several European countries such as Denmark, Poland, Czech republic, Slovakia, Hungary, United Kingdom, Portugal and Italy. She will soon start to cover Russia. She has mainly focused on optimizing animal health, minimizing antimicrobial use and minimizing Salmonella in animal production.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
SVEPM- Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medecine,
ASM- American Society of Microbiology
Licenses / Certifications
DVM- Licensed Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, Sweden
Medical / Professional
Expert spent one month at the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, USA working in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Disease Unit.
Publications and Patents Summary
She has 22 peer-reviewed publications, 17 as first author. Several articles in general press.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert developed and trained all licensed veterinarians in Sweden in European Union community legislation regarding veterinary matters. She has furthermore developed seminars and web pages for sales teams on issues such as Salmonella control. Expert has developed and held various calf health colleges to mixed audiences from lay men to veterinary bovine practitioners.
Marketing Experience
Expert has a keen understanding of the animal production industry, and the various components from farm to fork.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has worked with animal health industry in several European countries extending gfrom the UK in the west to Russia in the east, and from Sweden in the north to Portugal in the south. She furthermore has an in depth knowledge of bovine animal production in USA

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Swedish Mother tongue.
English Completely fluent, including scientific language.
French Completely fluent in speaking and understanding. Writing needs some linguistic improvements.
Dutch Completely fluent in speaking and reading. The language spoken at home. Writing needs some linguistic improvements.

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