Ben grew up on a small sheep and goat farm in Bavaria (Germany). This close contact with small ruminants predetermined his pathway in life. After high school, he first trained as a bank clerk. Afterwards he studied veterinary medicine at the Veterinary Faculty of the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University in Munich. During this time, he embarked on a study abroad at Massey University in New Zealand, focusing on Veterinary Parasitology with Bill Pomroy and Ian Scott and Sheep Production with Paul Kenyon. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma of Veterinary Clinical Science (PGDipVCS) from Massey University. After his return home, he completed his veterinary medicine degree in Munich and received his ‘Dr. med. vet.’ degree in Veterinary Parasitology (Kurt Pfister, Bill Pomroy). Thereafter, Ben worked for the Bavarian Sheep Health Service and was responsible for disease control and prevention of sheep, goats and farmed deer in northern Bavaria. He also obtained his German veterinary certificate in small ruminant health during that time. After five years, he moved to the Clinic for Swine and Small Ruminants, Forensic Medicine and Ambulatory Service at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation (Martin Ganter). His research focus is on Coxiella burnetii in sheep and goats (www.q-gaps.de). In general, Ben has a strong interest in zoonotic (vector-borne) diseases of small ruminants. He has passed his exam to become a DipECSRHM in 2019. Currently, he is an active board member of the ECSRHM.
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