Dutch Society for Wildlife Health

About DSWH

Chair: Prof. Wim H.M. van der Poel DVM, PhD, is a senior scientist at the Central Veterinary Institute of Wageningen University Research in Lelystad, concerned with Research on Emerging and Zoonotic Viruses. He is a Visiting Professor of National Centre of Zoonoses Research of University of Liverpool. His main research interests include Hepatitis E Virus, Rabies, Caliciviruses and Foodborne viruses and Emerging Viruses in general. Professor Van der Poel is also coordinator of EPIZONE the EU Network / European Research Group on epizootic animal diseases.

Secretary: Miriam Maas DVM PhD, works as a scientist at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven. After completing her PhD on tuberculosis in African lions, she continued working on infectious diseases at the RIVM, where she mainly works on zoonoses from wildlife, such as Echinococcus multilocularis in red foxes, and several rodent-borne diseases.

Treasurer: Judith M.A. van den Brand DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVP, is a veterinary pathologist at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University. She completed her PhD in 2013 on the pathology and pathogenesis of influenza virus and SARS coronavirus infections in animal models. Her topics of interest include zoonotic viral infections (such as influenza A virus, coronavirus and lyssavirus) and other diseases of wildlife and exotic animals. 

Vice chair: Rogier Bodewes, DVM PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Farm Animal Health of Utrecht University, where he is teaching and doing research in the field of infectious diseases of animals, with a main focus on viruses.

Board member: Marjolein Poen DVM, is a  PhD student working at the Department of Viroscience of the ErasmusMC in Rotterdam. Her research project focuses on avian influenza A viruses in wild birds.


Miriam Maas, PhD, DVM 

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Centre for Infectious Disease Control (CIb)
Centre for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology (Z&O)
Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, P.O. Box 1
3720 BA Bilthoven
The Netherlands



Emailaddress: info@dutchwildlife.nl