Dr. Anouck Haverbeke

Anouck graduated in veterinary medicine at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 2001 and defended her thesis on horse welfare at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). She then obtained a PhD in ethology at the University of Namur (Belgium) in 2009. The results of her PhD showed that positive training improves the welfare and performance of military dogs.

In 2009, she founded Vet Ethology, offering consultations and training in behavioural and integrative medicine. Since 2013, she is a Specialist in Behavioural Veterinary Medicine (EBVS© European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine – ECAWBM). And currently President of the European College of Veterinary Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (EBVS© ECAWBM). Anouck is a member of various associations of veterinarians specialised in behavioural and integrative medicine (ECAWBM, ESVCE, VDWE, SFEV, Complevet). In 2021, she was appointed professor in veterinary behavioural medicine at the University of Ghent.

She is a frequent lecturer in Belgium and abroad on the subject of animal behaviour and human-animal interactions. Current teaching and research projects include (1) the effect of training methods on animals, (2) the effect of olfactory enrichment with essential oils on emotions and animal welfare, (3) the influence of different housing conditions on the welfare of horses, (4) grief in animals. These research projects are being carried out with, among others, in collaboration with Ghent University and the Salto, Agro- and Biotechnology research group of Odisee University College.

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