Dr. Esther Hagen-Plantinga received her veterinary degree from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where she also obtained her doctorate degree in animal nutrition in 2003. Since 2007 she is an assistant professor in animal nutrition at Utrecht University. 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. She is involved in development of education and teaching of multiple courses in the field of animal nutrition, in various courses in both the Bachelor and Master phase of the study Veterinary Medicine, and in guest lectures at Wageningen University and Continuing-Education in Veterinary Medicine.