In 1996, Myriam Hesta graduated at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University. In 1997, she started working at the Animal Nutrition Laboratory at the same faculty. She started nutrition consultations at the small animal clinic at the university and in 2001 she successfully passed her ECVCN (European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition) certifying exam. Her main research topic, impact of prebiotic supplementation in dogs and cats, resulted in a PhD degree in 2003. At this moment she is lecturer in companion animal nutrition at the Ghent University. Her current topics of interest are obesity and effect of nutrition on gastrointestinal health in companion animals including horses. In 2011, she started a equine nutrition consultation service for horse owners and veterinarians. A similar service is also available for dogs and cats since a longer period. She is the main supervisor of several ECVCN residents and PhD students.