From veterinary practitioner to meat industry
Having worked for several years as a veterinary practitioner and equine anesthesiologist, the switch was made early 2004 to the meat industry, more specific the production and trade of natural casings. Edible sausage skins, produced from the intestines of animals slaughtered for human consumption. With great attention to detail and daily practice I was able to develop a HACCP-based guide to good practice, which is currently in use as the global standard for the casing industry. Working for the casing industry I started my PhD in 2005, focussing on certain aspects of Quality Assurance in the processing of casings, at Utrcht University, which I defended successfully in 2009. Food safety and the prevention of spreading contagious animal diseases via casings have been key subjects in this PhD. These subjects have continued to receive our attention in various completed or ongoing studies done by the international casing industry.
Start VPH Consultancy
In 2011 VPH Consultancy was established, with the international casing industry as a highly-valued customer. Also various other (international) clients have been contracted and assisted successfully since then.
Apart from the afore mentioned work, a substantial teaching and research experience has been developed as visiting assistant professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. In addition, I currently serve as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Army, Group Military Vetrinarians.