The main focus of my studies has generally been the health and welfare of pigs. I started with a BSc in Animal Health Care, followed by an MSc in Animal Production Systems (Animal Sciences) at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. This was followed by a PhD at Wageningen University on the behaviour and productivity of pigs selected for Indirect Genetic Effects. Seeing the behavioural abnormalities and welfare problems in practice always motivated me to keep on searching for ways to improve health and welfare through providing a scientific base for potential solutions. Interdisciplinary research combining animal- and social sciences is herein a main interest, as interdisciplinary work is in my opinion essential to apply science into practice. More specific research interests are social behaviour of pigs, neurobiology, behavioural genetics, homeopathy, and conflict behaviour.


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