Dr. Ellen van Nierop

WSAVA Executive Board Member



EB Liaison

Ecuavet Servicios Veterinarios
Avenida General Enriquez 3383 e Isla Rabida
San Rafael, Valle de los Chillos
Quito, Ecuador




My name is Ellen, and I am a Dutch veterinarian, working and living in Ecuador for the past 11 years. In my youth I travelled around the world and came to see I could not live with the amount of hours the sun granted Holland. Therefore, having completed my studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Gent in Belgium, I went to look for warmer climates in the way of short volunteer stays at several wildlife centers over the world. I felt most at home in Ecuador, country that I knew as a child, and I was lucky enough to find a job as a veterinarian soon.

A few years later I met my husband, who is also a veterinarian, and we set up our own small animal clinic. Because of the constant need for this knowledge in administrating our business, I decided to start a non presencial study of accounting and auditing at a renowned Ecuadorian University, and I am one year short of completing the five year Engineer in Accounting and Auditing career. In the meantime I have tried to use my languages to get more information to veterinarians in this area, first as an unofficial translator to some foreign speakers, later as the official academic coordinator (and still translator) of AMVEPE (Asociación de Medicos Veterinarios Especialistas en Pequeñas Especies), the small animal veterinary association of Ecuador. I have been the Ecuadorian representative of the WSAVA for AMVEPE since 2009, and have been active in trying to make WSAVA relevant to veterinarians in Ecuador since 2010, after assisting my first world Congress in Geneva. On a personal professional level my interests lay in several different areas, including behavioral medicine and histology, both of which I have studied, but due to typical restraints in space, time and money have not been able to acquire any real official documents in.

I come to the WSAVA board as a 7th board member, eager to help and learn, and very excited to be a part of a large international organization that is making a difference in communication and continuous education for veterinarians. I hope to represent first line veterinarians who have political, economical, or linguistic difficulties in getting full access to continuous education in our small animal field. I wish to put my intercultural abilities, my knowledge of developing countries, the languages and communication skills that life has been kind enough to teach me, as well as my acquired knowledge in the administrative and financial field to work in a group of like minded international veterinarians who have already shown that it is possible to go beyond the limits of nationalities and circumstances towards our common ultimate goal: The wellbeing of our small animal friends.

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