Stijn graduated from Ghent University. After an internship at Glasgow University and a residency at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), he became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Stijn completed a PhD in diabetes mellitus, quality of life assessment and gene therapy at Newcastle University Medical School and the RVC. During his 16-year faculty career at the RVC, Stijn was active in referral clinics, teaching students and research, ultimately becoming Professor of Internal Medicine, as well as one of the Clinical Directors of Europe’s largest small animal referral hospital. Stijn has found new cures for old diseases, published numerous scientific papers, written chapters and co-edited key textbooks. He is now Honorary Professor at the RVC and, together with Dr Yaiza Forcada, co-founded his own consultancy company with the aim to offer high quality and ethically sound veterinary specialist advice to individuals, institutions and companies. Working together with partners like the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), his company tries to create a world in which every practitioner enjoys the unique level of clinical support, personal development and mentorship normally only encountered within some University settings.