Maurica Zandvliet

Name: Maurice Zandvliet

Title: M. Zandvliet, DVM, MVR, PhD, Dipl. ECVIM-CA [Internal Medicine] & [Medical Oncology]


Current position:

Assistant professor,

UU Animal Cancer Centre, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University


Resume: When I started my studies in veterinary medicine, I pictured myself as a farm animal vet. But during my studies in Utrecht, I shifted from farm animals to avian and exotic animal medicine, to finally pursue a career in small animals. Small animal Internal Medicine had my main interest and following a residency I passed the European Speciality board exams in 2007. Between 2006-2010 I worked in various sub-disciplines within the speciality of Internal Medicine and the ICU at Utrecht university and combined this with working in a private referral practice.

In 2010 my focus shifted again and now to Oncology and Radiotherapy. A second residency as well as additional training in radiotherapy were completed and I passed my second European specialty exam in Medical Oncology in 2015.

Working at a university requires a scientific career and a PhD project was started in collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (prof. J. Fink-Gremmels) resulting in my PhD-thesis “Drug resistance in canine lymphoma” which was successfully defended in December 2014.

In veterinary oncology I have found the ideal combination of patient care (for both pets and owners), challenging technical aspects, comparative biomedical research and a link with the one-health philosophy.

What little time is left, I try to divide between my family, and hobbies that include running, skiing, diving, horseback riding, travelling and enjoying good Belgian beers with friends.

Being a vet for almost 20 years now, I learnt never to plan things too far ahead and just enjoy the ride. There is so much to do, just so little time….

Congress Venue

Small Animal Veterinary Association

14th International Continuing Education Congress

8-9-10 November 2019

WOW İstanbul Hotels & Convention Center

Congress Secretariat