Johannes Charlier & Theo van der Waal

Johannes Charlier graduated as a veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Ghent University) in 2002. After graduating, he worked as a researcher at the Laboratory of Parasitology (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University) and specialized in the diagnosis, epidemiology, and economics of helminth infections in ruminants. Since 2007, he is a diplomate member of the European Veterinary Parasitology College. He worked two years as scientific director for Avia-GIS, and in 2017 he started his own consulting activity (Kreavet) with the aim to provide scientific support for sustainable animal health solutions. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and has been recognized by several awards including the Peterhas Nansen Young Scientist Award of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP). Johannes chairs the Combatting Anthelmintic Resistance in Ruminants (COMBAR) group.

Theo de Waal is Associate Professor in Veterinary Parasitology in theSchool of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland. He is an European Veterinary Specialist in Parasitology with more than thirty years’ experience working within the veterinary parasitology field leading or working on more than 30 national and international research projects. He has a general research interest in the field of veterinary parasitology and epidemiology with specific expertise in tick and tick-borne diseases, diagnosis, vaccine production and integrated control of animal parasites. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. His current research projects include anthelmintic resistance in ruminants and horses and the development of innovative and sustainable strategies to mitigate the impact of global change on helminth infections in ruminants. Theo is a member of the Parasite Control - Technical Working Group of Animal Health Ireland and a Short-Term Scientific Missions Panelist for COMBAR.

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