Yet another year has passed and Animalytics is almost 4 years old. I'd like to take time to reflect on the past year and share our accomplishments over the past year. Animalytics has grown tremendously since I set it up in 2013. 2016 has been a year of hard work and challenges but a very successful year and I’m very pleased about that.
Dutch Veterinary Behaviour Group
First of all I was thrilled when I successfully got the Dutch Veterinary Behaviour Group (NWVG) affiliated under the Companion Animal Group (GGG) of the Royal Dutch Veterinary Association (KNMvD). This was a major achievement and together with the full support of the GGG we’re putting veterinary behavioural medicine (the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health disorders in animals) on the map in the Netherlands. I'm very grateful to the other committee members Renate Pijnappel and Esther van Schuur who have worked tirelessly trough the year and who share my passion for veterinary behaviorual medicine and animal welfare. The NWVG has been very well received here in the Netherlands. It was a dream of mine since I first arrived in the Netherlands in 2009 to set up a national organisation for the Dutch Vets. I hear all the time from vets that they want and need more information and education on behavioural medicine. The NWVG is for the vet in first line practice. For more on the NWVG, please see here.