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Ed van Klink

Ed van Klink


University of Bristol, UK and Wageningen Bioveterinary Institute, NL


Ed van Klink graduated from Utrecht University in 1983, worked in food science research and outbreak control, and then worked for the Zambian Department of Veterinary end Tsetse Control services. 

He joined the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture in 1991 and worked in several positions there until he moved to Bristol University as Senior Lecturer Veterinary Public Health in 2011. Alongside his employment at the Ministry, he has worked as a free lance consultant in animal health, animal welfare and food safety legislation in various countries across the world. 

Since 2017 Ed divides his time between the University of Bristol and Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Lelystad, The Netherlands, where he is employed as Senior Epidemiologist.

Published Papers
  • Sanitation by ultrasonic cavitation of steel mesh gloves used in the meat industry. Ed G.M. van Klink and Frans J.M. Smulders (1990). Journal of Food Protection, 52, 9, 660-664.
  • A comparison of different enrichment media for the isolation of Salmonella dublin from livers, kidneys and muscles of Salmonella-positive veal calves. Ed G.M. van Klink and Frans J.M. Smulders. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 10, 177-182.
  • Trypanosomiasis surveillance and control in south-west Zambia. E.G.M. van Klink, R.C. de Rooij and S.H. Wiersma (1990). In: H. Kuil, R.W. Paling and J.E. Huhn; Livestock Production and Diseases in the Tropics. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the  Association of Institutes for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Wageningen, 28th August-1st September 1989.
  • The possible effect of weather conditions on the spread of the 'new' pig disease in the Netherlands. R.E. Komijn, E.G.M. van Klink, W.J.H. van der Sande. The new pig disease; Porcine Respiration and Reproductive Syndrome; a report on the seminar/workshop held in Brussels on 29 – 30 April 1991 and organized by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Agriculture).
  • Approches diagnostiques, diffusion et impact economique du syndrome dysgenesique et respiratoire du porc aux Pays-Bas. E.G.M. van Klink, W.H.J. van der Sande, R.E.Komijn, W.A.J. Cromwijk, Y.H. Schukken, M.C. de Jong and A.A. Dijkhuizen. Epidémiol. santé anim., 1991, 2, 61-69.
  • Report on the epidemiology of PEARS in The Netherlands. R.E. Komijn, W.H.J. van der Sande and E.G.M. van Klink. Porcine Respiration and Reproductive Syndrome; a report on the seminar held in Brussels on 4 – 5 November 1991 and organized by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Agriculture).
  • Handel in schapen en geiten gebonden aan strenge EG-regels. Identificatie- en registratiesysteem verplicht. (in Dutch, on identification and registration systems in sheep and goats industry). W.J.H. van der Sande en E.G.M. van Klink, 1993. Veehouder en dierenarts, 7, 10-12.
  • De toekomst van de diergezondheidszorg. Wie zal het een zorg zijn?! (in Dutch, on the future approach in animal health policy in the Netherlands). C.H.M. Julicher, E.G.M. van Klink, G. de Peuter, D.L. Schumer en G.H.J.M. Versteijlen, 1993. Eindrapport projectgroep Diergezondheid in Beweging, Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuurbeheer en Visserij.
  • Op weg naar vrijwaring van specifieke infectieziekten in de varkenshouderij. Rapport van de NRLO taakgroep ""Vrijwaring van specifieke ziektekiemen in de varkenshouderij"" (1995, in Dutch, report of working group on integrated research approach to challenge reduction in pig husbandry). NRLO rapport nr. 95/4. L.A. den Hartog et al., secretary E.G.M. van Klink.
  • Aspects of productivity of traditionally managed Barotse cattle in the Western Province of Zambia. E.G.M. van Klink, 1994. Ph.D. thesis, University of Wageningen.
  • Diergeneeskunde en biologische veehouderij II: Biologische veehouderij: een uitdaging voor de diergeneeskunde. (in Dutch,on veterinary science and organic farming) F.J. Grommers, E.G.M. van Klink en P.W.M. van Ham, 1995. Tijdschrift voor Diergeneeskunde 120, 5, 141-143.
  • Diergeneeskunde en biologische veehouderij III: Diergezondheid op biologische melkveebedrijven. (in Dutch, on animal health in organic dairy farms) E.G.M. van Klink, W.G. de Ruyter, C.D.B. Sijpkens en P.W.M. van Ham, 1995. Tijdschrift voor Diergeneeskunde 120, 5, 144-146.
  • Herd monitoring in traditional cattle husbandry as a tool for productivity research and livestock development. E.G.M. van Klink, J.J.F.M. Corten and D.M. Kalokoni, 1996. Trop. An. Hlth Prod. 28, 273-279.
  • Regelgeving voor gezondheid van dieren, ook voor grote grazers. (in Dutch, on policy and animal health regulations for livestock in nature reserves) E.G.M. van Klink, 1996. Bosbouwvoorlichting 35, 7, 107-110.
  • An approach to the evaluation of a classical swine fever outbreak. The role of epidemiology and its relation to policy. E.G.M. van Klink, J.W. Duijzer, H.M.E. de Swaaf, R.J. Heijink, O.N.M. van Eijck and J.H. Bakker. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Bristol, 24th till 26th March 1999.
  • van Leeuwen, JM ; Emmerzaal, A ; Luten, H A ; Minderhout, J ; Snoep, J J ; Stegeman, J.A. ; van Weering, H.J ; van Klink, Ed G M. / Gezondheid en welzijn van grote grazers : welke rol spelen veterinairen?. In: Tijdschrift voor diergeneeskunde . 2000 ; Vol. 125, No. 16. pp. 496-499
  • Veterinärrechtliche Erfahrungen mit großflächigen Beweidungsprojekten in den Niederlanden – Nationale Herangehensweise und Europäische Dimension (in German: Experiences in veterinary law with large scale grazing projects in The Netherlands – National approach and European dimension). E.G.M. Van Klink & Kampf, H., 2004. In: Finck, P., Härdtle, W., Redecker, B. & Riecken, U. (Bearb.): Weidelandschaften und Wildnisgebiete – Vom Experiment zur Praxis. – Schr.-R. f. Landschaftspfl. u. Natursch. 78, 429-438.
  • Implementing veterinary and animal welfare regulations in semi-natural pastoral landscapes in The Netherlands. Ed G.M. van Klink & Hans Kampf, 2009. Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. Proceedings Symposium 2008. Internationale Fachtagung zu tierschutz- und veterinärmedizinischen Aspekten halboffener Weidelandschaften.
  • van Klink, Ed. / Reizen met gezelschapsdieren binnen de EU. In: Tijdschrift voor diergeneeskunde. 2010 ; Vol. 135, No.14-15. pp. 583
  • Hueston, W., D. Travis and E. van Klink, 2011. Optimising import risk mitigation: anticipating the unintended consequences and competing risks of informal trade. Rev. sci. tech. Off. int. Epiz., 30 (1), 309-316.
  • Harris, L. K., Murrell, J. C., van Klink, E. G. M. & Whay, H. R., 2015. Influence of experimental protocol on response rate and repeatability of mechanical threshold testing in dogs. Veterinary journal 204, 1, p. 82-7.
  • Klink, Ed G.M. van, Pia Gjertsen Prestmo and Andrew Grist, 2015. Animal health and disease monitoring in the abattoir. Livestock, 20, 6, pp 330-335.
  • Hamdin A. A. Mohamed, Ed G. M. Van Klink, Suliman M. ElHassan, 2016. Damage Caused By Spoilage Bacteria to the Structure of Cattle Hides and Sheep Skins. International Journal of Animal Health and Livestock Production Research, Vol.2, No.1, pp.39-56
  • van Klink, Ed. Honeybees as food-producing animals – a review of legislation. In: Veterinary Practice Today. 2016; Vol. 4, No. 4. pp. 62-64
  • Wall BA, Arnold ME, Radia D, Gilbert W, Ortiz-Pelaez A, Stärk KD, Van Klink E, Guitian J. Evidence for more cost-effective surveillance options for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie in Great Britain. Euro Surveill. 2017;22(32):pii=30594. DOI:
  • van Klink, Ed; Prestmo, Pia ; Grist, Andrew. / Veterinary public health and veterinary practice. In: Veterinary Practice Today. 2017; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 40-44
  • van Klink, Ed. Feedback from the abattoir – essential for on-farm health control. In: Veterinary Practice Today. 2017; Vol. 5, No. 5. pp. 45-47
  • van Klink, Ed. Management of economically important farm animal diseases. In: Veterinary Practice Today. 2017; Vol. 5, No. 6. pp. 53-55
  • van Klink, Ed. Management of zoonosis on-farm. In: Veterinary Practice Today. 2018 vol. 6, No. 3, p. 46-48 3 p.
  • Hueston, Will D., Ed van Klink and Innocent Rwego, 2018. One Health Leadership and Policy in: Beyond One Health: From Recognition to Results. Hermann, J. A. & Johnson-Walker, Y. J. (eds.). United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 267-276 9 p.; Book chapter.
  • de Vos, C., Petie, R., van Klink, E. & Swanenburg, M., 16 Nov 2018. Rapid risk assessment of exotic animal disease introduction. Proceedings The 15th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology (ISVEE15) – Abstract Book. Chang Mai, Thailand, p. 253 1 p.
  • Neroli, Stavroula, Pia Gjertsen Prestmo, Peter Sheard, Toby G. Knowles, Ed G.M. van Klink, 2020.Analysis of risk factors for dermatitis and cellulitis in turkeys using abattoir post mortem data. Accepted for publication, British Poultry Science.
  • 23 policy support reports