Our Team 2017 - 2018
Bart GazendamPresident - Founder
As a founder and president I am hoping to turn the VSDW into a helpful platform for veterinary students - like me - that would like to work in developing countries and/or with wildlife. I would like to share my own knowledge about traveling and working in these countries to make it easier for other people.
Lisa PrummelCreative Director
As a member of VSDW I would like to create more awareness for wildlife medicine and development. Not only to help animals in need, but moreover to help humanity by creating 'one world, one health' (reducing risks of infectious diseases at the animal-human-ecosystems interface).
Yannick Van de WeyerCommission member
As a future vet, I want to be of use to those countries and species that need it the most. I’ve always had a special interest in wildlife and conservation. Therefor I would love to work together with local communities from developing countries in order to preserve endangered species and wildlife in general. Definitely in times like these where those countries are facing overpopulation, starvation, corruption and poaching. I believe that the VSDW will help me towards taking my first steps in this exacting, yet fulfilling adventure.
Lisa Van AckerCommission member
Being part of VSDW is not only about learning about development in the wild, but also about developing in your own veterinary study and future career. I hope to make contacts around the world and share learning opportunities with other students and wildlife lovers.
Liselotte van der TogtCommission member
Nowadays, people become more and more aware of the effect that humans have on wildlife and nature, on climate change and even on human health itself. For veterinary students it is necessary to gain more insight in these matters and get the opportunity to pursue their interest in wildlife and development. Being part of VSDW means I get to learn more about wildlife and gain more experience in this field. Moreover, it means I will be helping other students gain more excess to knowledge about animals in the wild and giving them the opportunity to gain more experience as well. I’m particularly interested in developing a platform for students and veterinarians to make internships and research projects abroad more accessible to students.
Barbara MeeusCommission member
Since I was a little child, I wanted to practice veterinary medicine. Over the last years, I learned a lot about all the animals in the world. My interest slowly started to grow into wildlife, especially into wild cats. I stepped into the VSDW, to make my dreams come true, step by step. I would like to receive more information and meet new people who can tell me things about their experience in the wildlife. Not only for myself, but also for the other students who are dreaming about the wildlife dream.
Suzanne VosCommission member
For a long time I’ve had a passion for (mainly African) wildlife. Especially conservation, endangered species and human-wildlife conflict interest me. Ultimately I would like to contribute to finding solutions for these matters. Through VSDW I hope to further educate myself and others on these topics, explore the different perceptions and opinions on the various subjects, and build connections.