Annet Heuvelink


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''Never a boring day when working with bacteria. They all look and behave differently, interact with each other, and just when you think you known them and can have a hold on them, new variants are being discovered. The field of bacteriology is dynamic. This keeps us alert. We like to continuously trying to beat these small organisms, by developing new methods for detection, isolation and characterization of bacteria. The strength of GD Animal Health in fighting against bacteria causing disease in animals is the combination of veterinary expertise in different animal species, a large diagnostic laboratory and the R&D department. This way, we know the situation in the field, and can act on this immediately.'' 

Annet Heuvelink


Annet Heuvelink Annet Heuvelink studied Food Microbiology at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In 2000, she successfully defended her PhD-thesis entitled “Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli in humans and the food chain”, at Nijmegen University, the Netherlands. She deeply enjoyed the interdisciplinary character of her PhD study, working together on one topic with people of different expertise: pediatricians, medical microbiologists, food microbiologists and veterinarians. After several years of research in food microbiology, and more particularly on zoonotic agents, first at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and later at the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), Annet started working as a senior scientist at the R&D department of GD Animal Health in Deventer, the Netherlands, in 2011. While in her previous jobs, research was focused on human pathogenic bacteria, at GD, she got introduced in research on veterinary pathogenic bacteria. Annet is responsible for the quality and innovative character of bacteriological analyses at GD and monitoring of antimicrobial resistance. She participates in several research projects and is involved in standardization of analytical methods for microbiology, being a member of the national standard committee on microbiology of the food chain.

Fields of Expertise:

  • Antimicrobial resistance (testing and monitoring)
  • MIC testing of antimicrobials (including feed additives)
  • IR Biotyping
  • Udder pathogens
  • Salmonella
  • E. coli


Scientific poster Identification of Avibacterium paragallinarum by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry

Annet Heuvelink produced a variety of publications.

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