I hold a DVM (1980) and PhD (1990) degree from Ghent University (UGent), Belgium and have followed a postgraduate course (1981) in tropical animal health and husbandry at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp. I am a European Veterinary Specialist in Parasitology certified by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation.
After working one year in private practice, I joined the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent from 1983-1990 where I worked as a research assistant in the laboratory of Parasitology. My PhD research was on diagnosis and control of gastrointestinal nematodes on dairy cattle farms. I defended my thesis in April 1990. From 1990-93 I worked as a parasitologist in a university collaboration research project at 'Universiti Pertanian Malaysia' on the control of nematodes in small ruminants. In 1994 I worked as a parasitology consultant in a USAID project on sheep production in Sumatra, Indonesia. From the end of 1994 I joined both the ITM and UGent to continue research on animal parasites. In 2000 I was appointed lecturer of veterinary helminthology at ITM and as a guest professor (20%) of tropical veterinary medicine at the UGent. I was chairman of the Department of Animal Health, ITM from 2003-2011. I was appointed full professor at ITM in 2008. Besides my teaching assignments in veterinary helminthology, helminth zoonoses and tropical veterinary medicine at ITM and UGent, I am the head of a laboratory that conducts research on helminth zoonoses and helminth control in which several post-doc and PhD students work. My lab at ITM is National Reference Centre for diagnosis of trichinellosis and other parasite zoonoses.