Geert Paes, DVM, Dip ECVIM-ca
Geert Paes, DVM, Dip-ECVIM-ca, founder and teacher OVT
I graduated as a veterinarian in 2006 at the faculty of veterinary medicine, Ghent University in Belgium, where I subsequently completed a 1-year Small Animal Rotating Internship, followed by a 3-year Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine. From 2010 until 2012, I continued to work at this university as a clinical assistant in internal medicine.
Apart from working on referral cases and scientific research, I spent much of my time at the university teaching students a problem-based approach in the practical work up of clinical cases and coaching them on clinical procedures. I also provided post graduate training to veterinarians.
Because I was also passionate about exploring the world, I used my spare time to complete a two-year travel guiding program and I became a certified travel guide in 2011. That year, while on a trip in Nepal, I met my Canadian husband. I moved to Vancouver, Canada at the end of 2012, where I spent my first year validating my Belgian veterinary medicine degree by completing the American National Board Exams (ANBE).
The birth of our son in 2014, made me decide to temporarily stop studying and to work in general practice for 2 years (South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital). Although I really enjoyed working as a general practitioner, the perfectionist in me struggled with the fact that it is impossible to be an expert in every field of veterinary medicine. At the end of 2015, I therefore made the switch back to emergency and referral medicine (Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre), while prepping for the board exams of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals (ECVIM-ca).
After becoming an ECVIM-CA diplomate, I continued to work, managing complex referral cases, in a large referral clinic in the greater Vancouver area (Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialists). Here I also learned the basics of small animal abdominal ultrasonography under the guidance of a board certified radiologist (ACVR diplomate).
Unfortunately, I became ill at the end of 2017. I had to move back to Belgium together with my family and was forced to start working from home. Fortunately, this allowed me to once more pursue my passion for teaching and sharing knowledge. In 2018, I started with the start up of Online Vet Training as well as with providing telemedicine consulting for Veterinary Answers. Further, at the start of 2019, I joined Velab NV (a Belgian laboratory) and Evidensia Netherlands as a telemedicine consultant. Recently, I also started working a couple days a month at Dierenkliniek Hart van Brabant - Evidensia, Waalwijk in the Netherlands.