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Based in Belgium, Vetworks is an independent consultancy agency providing technical support and project management support to the animal production industry.
A team of selected veterinary experts, with broad international expertise, provide ad hoc field support or longer-term health control assignments and audits.
Design of vaccination programs, anticoccidial programs, prophylactic programs, including Mycoplasma-control and prevention of coccidiosis are key to every organization dealing with poultry production.
Vetworks is experienced in setting up, monitoring and reporting of floor pen, battery and field trials for turkey, broiler, game bird and poultry breeder industries with sites in different countries. Trials are performed with support from the most relevant academic and private research centers, investigating therapies and solutions to a broad range of poultry health issues. For more information, please send an email to:
Coverage is worldwide, support can be provided in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, German, Catalan, Spanish and Dutch.

Personnel Involved

Dr Maarten De Gussem, DVM, Poultry Veterinarian, Poultry Gut Health Specialist, received his DVM from University of Ghent Veterinary School in 2000. In 2009, Maarten De Gussem founded Vetworks, servicing the poultry industry with a global team of specialists and provides support on poultry health topics all over the world, with focus on mycoplasmosis, general gut health and coccidiosis.
Dr Hilde Van Meirhaeghe, DVM, Poultry Veterinarian, Poultry Gut Health Specialist, graduated in 1982 as Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Ghent. She joined DGZ-Flanders (Animal Health Services- Flanders) in 2007 as program officer for Poultry Health. Involved in study projects on hygiene, food safety and health issues in partnership with the Faculty of Veterinary Medecine in Ghent and the Institute for Research in Agriculture and Fisheries ILVO. She is currently working as Poultry Consultant for Vetworks and as Academic adviser of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - University of Ghent.