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Dr Ed van Klink

Biography

I started at Langford on the 15th of February 2011 as Senior Lecturer Veterinary Public Health. I graduated from Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in The Netherlands in 1983. After graduation I spent 6 months working on and off in swine fever vaccination campaigns. I then worked as research assistant in the Institute of Food of Animal Origin at Utrecht University, working on hygienic aspects of slaughter technique innovations. In 1985 I joined the Animal Disease Control Project, later Livestock Development Project, in the Western Province of Zambia, as District Veterinary Officer of Sesheke District.  As District Veterinary Officer I headed the Department of Veterinary and Tsetse Control Services in an area as big as The Netherlands, with 12 Veterinary Assistants and around 60.000 head of cattle. Most of the work consisted of the organisation of trypanosomiasis and FMD control programmes.

After two and a half years I moved to the capital town of the Western Province to become Veterinary Research Officer for the province. Apart from being head of the diagnostic laboratory, I supervised all diagnostic research activities, mostly trypanosomiasis diagnosis in the framework of a tsetse control programme, as well as research into the productivity of the native Barotse breed of cattle done within the project. The work on productivity was the basis for my PhD.

After returning from Zambia in 1990, and a half year study leave at Wageningen University in The Netherlands to give the work on the PhD a start, I joined the Veterinary Service of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries in The Netherlands as policy officer preventive animal health. In 1994 I gained my PhD in Agricultural Sciences from Wageningen University on a thesis on the productivity of Barotse cattle.

Moving through various positions in the Veterinary Service and in other directorates in the Ministry, I joined the National Reference Centre for Agriculture in 1997. This centre was a policy support unit for the policy departments in the Ministry, and acted on the border between science and policy, translating scientific results and information to the policy world. In the course of time the centre was merged with another Ministry department to form the department responsible for the allocation of research funding provided by the Ministry. In this period I was involved in a number of steering groups around research projects in the field of animal health, animal production and animal welfare.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership of the University of Minnesota, and have been involved in organising and teaching several courses in food systems administration and leadership aspects, study tours and site visits. The Global Initiative is a worldwide network of workers in the food system. It deals with all aspects of (veterinary) public health, including food security and impact on poverty, and is keen on working on the One Health Principle.

In 2008 I joined the Food and Consumer Products Safety Authority as Product Manager Live Animals and Live Animal Products, responsible for all activities carried out in the service around export certification and transport of animals and animal products such as semen, breeding eggs etc., before finally moving to Bristol early 2011.