Dr. Esther Hagen-Plantinga received her veterinary degree from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where she also obtained her PhD in animal nutrition (topic of chronic renal failure in cats) in 2003. Between 2007 and 2018 she was employed at Utrecht University as assistant professor in animal nutrition. She is owner of Nutrissues, a pet nutrition consultancy agency, advising veterinarians and pet food companies in clinical nutrition of companion animals.
She is a board certified specialist in comparative veterinary clinical nutrition at the European College of Veterinary Comparative Nutrition. Her research interests include influence of nutrition on (disease of) the urinary system in companion animals and palaeolithic nutrition of dogs and cats.