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Diplomate
Netherlands
Deventer

René van den Brom was born on February 25th 1977 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and grew up in Abcoude, where he visited primary school "Nellestein". In 1989, he started high school at "Hervormd Lyceum Zuid" in Amsterdam, where he passed his VWO-exam. In 1997, he started his study Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University and obtained his degree in veterinary medicine (DVM) in 2004 with merit. During his study he was for one year (1999-2000) president of the Veterinary Students Association (DSK), and for two years (2001-2002) member of the Faculty board. In 2002, he received the "Intervet award", reached out annually at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to a student who excellently contributed to integration among veterinary students.

In 2004, René started as a livestock veterinarian in veterinary practice "Het Westelijk Weidegebied" in Harmelen, which started working together with the veterinary practice of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht, in 2009.

In 2008, René started working part-time at GD Animal Health, Deventer, as veterinarian in small ruminant health. Due to the human Q fever outbreak with a suspected relation to dairy goats, a large portfolio of (veterinary) research started with the aim to obtain additional information on Coxiella burnetii infections in small ruminants, in which René participated from the beginning. Since 2010, René works full-time at GD Animal Health, and from that moment on he started writing scientific papers. His external PhD-program started after publication of his first research paper. In 2012, René qualified as specialist in small ruminant health management in 2013, and currently is diplomat of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (DipECSRHM).

In 2015, René received his PhD-degree on his thesis “Veterinary aspects of a Q fever outbreak in the Netherlands between 2005 and 2012”.

Nowadays, René is still employed at GD Animal Health, where he is working as a veterinary specialist in small ruminant health management with an extra interest in surveillance of small ruminant health and infectious causes of abortion in small ruminants.

Hogerwerf L., van den Brom R., Roest H.I.J., Bouma A., Vellema P., Pieterse M., Dercksen D., Nielen M., 2011. Reduction of Coxiella burnetii prevalence by vaccination of goats and sheep, the Netherlands. Emerg Infect Dis. 17, 379-386.

Lievaart-Peterson K., Luttikholt S., Van den Brom R., Vellema P., 2012. Schmallenberg virus infection in small ruminants - First review of the situation and prospects in Northern Europe. Small Rumin Res. 106, 71-76.

Luttikholt S.J.M., Veldhuis A., Van den Brom R., Moll L., Lievaart-Peterson K., Peperkamp N.H.M.T., van Schaik G, Vellema P., 2014. Risk factors and impact of Schmallenberg virus on reproductive performance and mortality rates: A case-control study in sheep flocks in the Netherlands. PLoS ONE, 9, e100135.

Roest H.I.J., van Solt C.B., Tilburg J.J.H.C., Klaassen C.H.W., Hovius E.K., Roest F.T.F., Vellema P., Van den Brom R., van Zijderveld F.G., 2013. Search for possible additional reservoirs for human Q fever in the Netherlands. Emerg Infect Dis. 19, 845-845.

Roest H.I., Hogerwerf L., Van den Brom R., Oomen T., van Steenbergen J.E., Nielen M., Vellema, P., 2011. [Q fever in the Netherlands: current status, results from veterinary research and expectations of the coming years]. Tijdschr Diergeneeskd. 136, 340-343. [article in Dutch]

Roest H.I., Ruuls R.C., Tilburg J.J., Nabuurs-Franssen M.H., Klaassen C.H., Vellema P., Van den Brom R., Dercksen D., Wouda W., Spierenburg M.A., van der Spek A.N., Buijs R., de Boer A.G., Willemsen P.T., van Zijderveld F.G., 2011. Molecular epidemiology of Coxiella burnetii from ruminants in Q fever outbreak, the Netherlands. Emerg Infect Dis. 17, 668-675.

Santman-Berends I., Luttikholt S.J.M., Van den Brom R., Hage J.J., van Schaik G., Vellema P., 2014. An estimation of the use of antibiotics in small ruminants in the Netherlands 2011-2012. PLoS ONE, 9, e105052.

Van den Brom R., Moll L., Kappert C., Vellema P., 2015. Haemonchus contortus resistance to monepantel in sheep. Vet Parasit. 209, 278-280.

Van den Brom R., Roest H.I.J., de Bruin A., Dercksen D., Santman-Berends I., van der Hoek W., Dinkla A., Vellema J., Vellema P., 2015. A probably minor role for land-applied goat manure in the transmission of Coxiella burnetii to humans in the 2007-2010 Q fever outbreak. PLoS ONE, 10, e0121355.

Van den Brom R., Santman-Berends I., Luttikholt S.J.M., Moll L., van Engelen E., Vellema P., 2015. Bulk tank milk surveillance as a measure to detect Coxiella burnetii shedding dairy goat farms in the Netherlands between 2009 and 2014. J Dairy Sci. 88, 1-12.

Van den Brom R., van Engelen E., Roest H.I.J., van der Hoek W., Vellema P., 2015. Coxiella burnetii infections in sheep and goats; an opionated review. Vet Microbiol. 2015 Jul 15. pii: S0378-1135(15)00273-4. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2015.07.011.

Van den Brom R., Moll L., Borgsteede F.H.M., Lievaart-Peterson K., Dercksen D.P., van Doorn D.C.M., Vellema P., 2013. Haemonchus contortus resistance to multiple anthelmintic groups, including a case of moxidectin resistance, in a sheep flock in the Netherlands. Vet Rec. 173, 552.

Van den Brom R., Moll L., van Schaik G., Vellema P., 2013. Demography of Q fever seroprevalence in sheep and goats in the Netherlands in 2008. Prev Vet Med. 109, 76-82.

Van den Brom R., Schimmer B., Schneeberger P., Swart W., van der Hoek W., Vellema P., 2013. Seroepidemiological survey for Coxiella burnetii antibodies and associated risk factors in Dutch livestock veterinarians. PLoS ONE, 8, e54021.

Van den Brom R., van Engelen E., Vos J., Luttikholt S.J.M., Moll L., Roest H.I.J., van der Heijden H.M.J.F., Vellema P., 2013. Detection of Coxiella burnetii in the bulk tank milk from a farm with vaccinated goats, by using a specific PCR technique. Small Rumin Res. 110, 150-154.

Van den Brom R., Luttikholt S.J.M., Lievaart-Peterson K., Peperkamp N.H.M.T., Mars M.H., van der Poel W.H.M., Vellema P., 2012. Epizootic of ovine congenital malformations associated with Schmallenberg virus infection. Tijdschr Diergeneeskd. 137, 106-111.

Van den Brom R., Lievaart-Peterson K., Luttikholt S.J.M., Peperkamp K, Wouda W, Vellema P., 2012. Abortion in small ruminants in the Netherlands between 2006-2011. Tijdschr Diergeneeskd. 137, 450-457.

Van den Brom R., van Engelen E., Luttikholt S., Moll L., van Maanen K., Vellema P., 2012. Coxiella burnetii in bulk tank milk samples of dairy goat and dairy sheep farms in the Netherlands in 2008. Vet Rec. 170, 310.

Van den Brom R., Vellema P., 2009. Q fever outbreaks in small ruminants and people in the Netherlands. Small Rumin Res. 86, 74-79.

van Engelen E., Luttikholt S.J.M., Peperkamp N.H.M.T, Vellema P., Van den Brom R., 2014. Small ruminant abortions in the Netherlands during lambing season 2012-2013. Vet Rec. 174, 506.

Vellema P., Van den Brom R., 2014. The rise and control of the 2007-2012 human Q fever outbreaks in the Netherlands. Small Rumin Res. 118, 69-78.

Wielders C.C.H. Boerman A.W., Schimmer B., Van den Brom R., Notermans D.W., van der Hoek W., Schneeberger P.M., 2015. Persistent high IgG phase I antibody levels against Coxiella burnetii among

veterinarians compared to patients previously diagnosed with acute Q fever after three

years of follow-up. PLoS ONE 10, e0116937.

Presentations on scientific congresses and symposia

Van den Brom R.# Producción ovina en holanda con énfasis en razas Texel y East Friesland“. Seminario Internacional de ovinocultura, 28 February-2 March 2008, Cholula, Mexico.

Van den Brom R.# Sheep and goat industry in the Netherlands. Sheep Veterinary Society, 22-25 May 2011, Maribo, Denmark.

Van den Brom R.#, P. Vellema. How Q fever influenced public thinking in the Netherlands. Sheep Veterinary Society, 22-25 May 2011, Maribo, Denmark.

Van den Brom R.#, Schimmer B. , Schneeberger P., Swart W., van der Hoek W., Vellema P. Seroepidemiological survey for Coxiella burnetii antibodies and associated risk factors in Dutch livestock veterinarians. European Conference Small Ruminant Health Management, 29-30 October 2011, Athens, Greece.

Van den Brom R.#, van Engelen E., Vos J., Luttikholt S., Moll L., van der Heijden H., Vellema P. Detection of Coxiella burnetii in the bulk tank milk from a farm with vaccinated goats, by using a specific PCR technique. European Conference Small Ruminant Health Management, 29-30 October 2011, Athens, Greece.

Van den Brom R.# Schmallenberg virus infection in small ruminants in the Netherlands. Acute actualiteiten in de herkauwerdiergeneeskunde, 1 February 2012, Gent, Belgium.

Van den Brom R.# Q fever in dairy goats in a bulk tank milk C. burnetii PCR positive dairy goat farm. International (for DVM and MD) Q fever symposium- An update on research findings and lessons learned from the epidemic in the Netherlands, 7 June 2012, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

van den Brom R.#, Lievaart-Peterson K., Luttikholt S., Peperkamp K., Wouda W., Vellema P. Recent observations on abortion in small ruminants in the Netherlands. International Sheep Veterinary Congress, 18-22 February 2013, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Van den Brom R.#, Luttikholt S., Lievaart-Peterson K., Mars J., van Maanen K., Jonker H., Peperkamp K., Vellema P. Schmallenberg virus on two sheep farms during the lambing season. International Sheep Veterinary Congress, 18-22 February 2013, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Vellema P., Van den Brom R.# Q fever: history and recent outbreaks in the Netherlands. International Sheep Veterinary Congress, 18-22 February 2013, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Van den Brom R.#, Vellema P. Schmallenbergvirus and Q fever in small ruminants in the Netherlands, an update. European Veterinary Conference, Voorjaarsdagen, 18-20 April 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Santman-Berends I., Luttikholt S., Van den Brom R.#, Schaik van G., Gonggrijp M., Hage H., Vellema P. An estimation of the use of antibiotics in the Dutch small ruminant industry. 3rd International conference on the responsible use of antibiotics in animals, 29 September-1 October 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Van Engelen E., Luttikholt S., Peperkamp K., Vellema P., Van den Brom R.# Small ruminant abortions in the Netherlands during lambing season 2012-2013. ECSRHM Second Triennial Conference, 23-25 October 2014, London, United Kingdom.

Van den Brom R.#, Moll L., Vellema P. Monepantel resistance of Haemonchus contortus in a Dutch sheep flock urges the application of preventive management measurements. ECSRHM Second Triennial Conference, 23-25 October 2014, London, United Kingdom.

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