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Biography

I have graduated from the Justus-Liebig University (JLU) in Giessen, Germany, in 2003 and have since then pursued an academic career in small animal internal medicine. I completed both a rotating internship and a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Small Animal Hospital of the same university. During that time, I worked as a full time clinician and also completed my German doctoral thesis within the subject area of canine gastroenterology under the supervision of Prof. Reto Neiger. This project included validating a new method to assess gastric emptying times (the so called 13C-sodium acetate breath test) against the gold standard of gastric radioscintigraphy.

As part of my residency I spent 10 months as part of the Medicine Service of the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London. Following on to this, I was given the opportunity to complete a 4-year PhD in canine gastroenterology under the supervision of Dr. Karin Allenspach and Prof. Dirk Werling at the RVC. For this, I investigated the effect of the probiotic Enterococcus faecium on gut health in dogs with conditions like Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or chronic enteropathy (CE). This included a placebo-controlled double-blinded clinical trial as well as numerous investigations into the associated changes of the innate and adaptive immune system in dogs (see publication list).

After my PhD, I returned to the JLU in Germany as a junior lecturer for small animal gastroenterology, and supervised clinical cases seen during routine and emergency consultations. Since April 2016, I am a senior lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine and thus part of the clinical team at the Hospital for Small Animals of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS).