DVM T. van Loon
Universitair docent Veterinaire Anesthesie en Intensive Care Faculteit Diergeneeskunde, Utrecht
Thijs was born in 1972 and was raised surrounded by the ponies and horses on his parents´ property. After secondary school, he started his study biomedical sciences at Utrecht University in 1992 and also graduated for the study of veterinary medicine in 2000. After graduation, he started working in a large referral clinic in Brabant and worked there as an equine practitioner for 3 years. After this, he returned to Utrecht and started a residency in veterinary anaesthesia in 2004 at the department of equine sciences. Together with his residency, Thijs worked on the subject of pain recognition and treatment in horses for his PhD and in 2012, he became a diplomate of the European college of veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia (ECVAA) and defended his PhD Thesis. Nowadays, Thijs is combining clinical work with patients in the OR and ICU with clinical teaching of students, interns ands residents and is interested in objective recognition and assessment of pain in horses and donkeys. Based on the scientific work that has been performed in Utrecht, the Equine Pain and Welfare App (EPWA) has been launched in 2018.
Msc. E. Menke
Animal physiotherapist, Equine chiropractor (FES-registered), practical trainer at ´Focus on the Equine Spine´, freelance copywriter for ´Hoefslag Magazine´, MSc Psychology
Eveline was born in 1975 and started horseback riding when she was 5 years old. Ever since that time, she has been fascinated by horses. After college, not being able to go to veterinary school due to the quota at that time, Eveline first studied Psychology and obtained her MSc degree in 2001. She then met several animal physiotherapists and decided to change her career plans. She obtained her degree in human physiotherapy and followed through with animal physiotherapy. In 2016, she specialised in treatment of the equine spine and pelvis by completing the ´Focus on the Equine Spine´ courses. Nowadays, Eveline is mostly treating equine clients and has recently started as a practical trainer at ´Focus on the Equine Spine´. She is writing for popular lay magazine ´Hoefslag´ and joining research projects of Utrecht University on an occasional basis.