Who are we?
Ana Martos Martinez-Caja, MSc, MRCVS
Ana Martos is a veterinarian surgeon, with a particular interest in animal behavior and animal welfare. She graduated as in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Cordoba in 2006 and immediately specialised as Clinical Ethologist at the University Complutense de Madrid.
From 2008 to 2013 she worked as a small animals veterinary surgeon in the Ambulatorio Veterinario Medicina (Bologna, Italy), In 2013, she moved to the UK and graduated with distinction from the MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh.
Since 2016 she has been working as PhD researcher in the Laboratory for Ethology of Ghent University (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) studying seizure alert dogs.
Prof. Christel Moons
Christel Moons graduated as biologist in 1999 from the University of Antwerp. Next, she specialised in animal behaviour and welfare at Michigan State University (USA) where she completed a Master of Science diploma (Animal Science) in 2001. As of 2002, she has been working at the Laboratory for Ethology of Ghent University (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) where she obtained her PhD in 2008.
Finally, she obtained the Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton (UK), respectively in 2011 and 2014. She has been responsible for the daily activities of the lab since the end of 2011 and she coordinates research and teaching concerning behaviour and welfare of companion, laboratory, farm, and zoo animals.
As of February 2015, she has become Assistant Professor in the field of Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare, while expanding her research and teaching activities in the areas listed above.
Prof. Veerle de Herdt
Veerle De Herdt graduated from medical school at the University of Ghent in 2004. She then began her clinical training as a neurologist at the Ghent University Hospital. She started her pre-doctoral research in the Reference Center for Refractory Epilepsy and the Laboratory for Clinical and Experimental Neurophysiology of Prof. Paul Boon as a Junior Researcher of the Research Foundation Flanders. In 2009, she defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Vagus nerve stimulation for refractory epilepsy: efficacy and mechanism of action in animal models and in patients’.
In 2009, she obtained a BNS Research Grant for Young Investigators with the project ‘Neurophysiological investigation in patients with cerebrovascular diseases’, which she performed at the Department of Neurovascular Diseases, CHRU, Lille, France, in a cooperation with Prof. Didier Leys and Prof. Charlotte Cordonnier. In 2011, she graduated as a specialist in neurology from Ghent University.
Since 2011, she is member of the Executive Committee of the Belgian Neurological Society and since 2012, co-editor of the Acta Neurologica Belgica. In 2014 she became an Associate Professor at Ghent University and a member of the Belgian 'Young Academy'. She is working as a staff member at the Department of Neurology at Ghent University Hospital with a main clinical and research interest in neurophysiology, epilepsy and stroke.