As publishing manager of the Dutch journal for Infectious Diseases and the Dutch journal for Neurology and Neurosurgery, I am supervise the production process of these journals. The journals inform professionals about new developments, interesting cases and provide in-depth information on various topics in the field. Doing what I do, I contribute to an increase of knowledge in professions that save lives on a daily basis.
Passing on knowledge is an important aspect of my daily life. It is satisfying to inform others and help them expand their knowledge. Although I started out in a completely different line of work, as I studied Forest and nature conservation, I did learn skills that help me while doing my job. My work experience as an editor of the national magazine of the Dutch royal association of natural history serves me well. Furthermore, passing on knowledge is the core of my other profession. As tracking dog instructor, I am teaching a wide diversity of people and dogs. Patience and empathy are useful traits that I apply in this field.
Writing is another activity I enjoy. This is reflected in the tasks I perform for the websites of Ariez and the articles I published in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, Vakblad Natuur Bos Landschap and various magazines about working dogs. Besides that, I am co-author of the book on our method for training tracking dogs and their handlers.
This is how I like to contribute to expanding people’s knowledge on a daily basis. I consider it a good day when, if you go to sleep, you’re a little wiser than when you woke up!