DCO. Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) in Lelystad is an independent research institute and national reference laboratory for various animal diseases. WBVR conducts veterinary research to protect human and animal health. The Diagnostiek en Crisisorganisatie (DCO - diagnostics and crisis organisation department) focuses specifically on diagnostics for suspicion and outbreaks of animal diseases that require reporting (24/7), export certification diagnostics, and diagnostics for specialist (including some human) tests. The laboratory is mainly housed in a high containment facility that is unique in the Netherlands. These are the laboratory facilities at the veterinary BioSafetyLevel 4 (BSL), where it is safe to work with highly pathogenic animal disease viruses. Many of the tests carried out in the DCO laboratories are ISO 17025 accredited.
Ambition. My personal ambition is to further expand my diagnostic activities and to offer excellent service to clients. I am also working on even better preparation for outbreaks of animal diseases that require reporting and efficient and excellent crisis organisation during outbreaks.
Background. I have been working at WBVR since 2005. The first four years were spent as a PhD student on the topic of Quantifying underlying mechanisms of classical swine fever virus transmission. Then, from 2010, I worked as a researcher at the Department of Infection Biology on the topic of Host-pathogen interactions during porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infections of piglets. As project leader of viral diagnostics I was responsible for the virological diagnostic laboratory from 2013 and since 1 September 2015 I have been Head of the DCO department. In addition, I have been president of the European Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians since 2018.