Veterinarian, European speciliast in Anaethesolgy and Analgesia, Diplomate ECVAA, PhD.
Doctor Thijs van Loon graduated in 2000 from the Utrecht Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, he worked for 3 years at Dierenhospitaal Visdonk in Roosendaal. After the first year with a lot of general practice, he started to focus on equine anesthesia and internal medicine. In early 2004 he returned to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht and received a training position in veterinary anesthesiology, pain management and Intensive Care. Simultaneously with the training programme, Thijs started a doctoral research into local pain relief techniques in horses (including epidural anesthesia) and into the objective measurement of pain manifestations.
In 2012, Thijs passed his exams for the European register of specialists and became a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and Analgesia. In the same year he completed his PhD and defended his dissertation in the Academy Building in Utrecht entitled “Analgesia in the Horse, various approaches for assessment and treatment of pain and nociception in equines”.
Between 2012 and 2021 Thijs led the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care of the University Clinic for Horses in Utrecht with great enthusiasm. He has guided countless students, interns and specialists in training. In addition to his work in the clinic, he continued research into making acute and chronic pain measurable in horses and donkeys. This resulted, among other things, in the development of the EPWA (Equine Pain and Welfare App) app. This app, with which pain signals in horses and donkeys can be objectively measured, was developed with the cooperation of colleagues and research students, supported by the Friends of Veterinary Medicine Foundation and the Paardenkamp Foundation. A version that can be used for working horses and donkeys in developing countries is being developed, with support from Brooke Hospital for Animals.
Thijs will be employed by SMDC starting in September 2021. Both in Heesch and in the international clinics of Altano, he will start working and use his knowledge and experience to supervise (sometimes complex) anesthesia and sedation procedures and to contribute to the further development of pain relief for various disorders. Thijs will also provide refresher courses in anesthesia and pain relief for Altano Academy.