Animal Health & Welfare

Paul Sutmoller
Klaas Johan Osinga


Paul worked as young veterinarian for 5 years on mineral deficiencies and mineral imbalances in cattle in the Amazon Valley of Brazil.
Later he became a field officer of the Panamerican FMD Center (PANAFTOSA) in Rio de Janeiro and travelled extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean. Following his ground-breaking work on FMD virus carriers he was invited as a researcher at the Plum Island Animals Disease (PIADC) in Greenport, New York, USA, where he worked for many years on the pathogenesis of FMD.
He returned to PANAFTOSA as the Chief of Laboratories, where he was involved in many aspects of the control and eradication of FMD in Latin America as well as the prevention of the Disease in Central America and the Caribbean. Among his major contributions were those in vaccine production and vaccine control.
Since his retirement from PANAFTOSA he is an international animal health consultant and one of the pioneers in applying formal risk assessment to veterinary problems. He is a life member of the US Animal Health Association and published numerous scientific papers.

Klaas Johan graduated at Wageningen University in 1992. He was previously a Research Worker at regional farms for applied research in the Netherlands and Development Worker in Papua New Guinea.
Since 1989 he is Policy Advisor with the Dutch Farmers' Union "LTO Nederland" dealing with a wide variety of topics like organic farming, development of farmers' organisations in Benin (West Africa) and Thailand, implementation of the EU directive on animal medicine prescription and distribution, and control of FMD, CSF and AI. Member of the Veterinary Questions Working Party of COPA-COGECA, the EU umbrella of farmers' organisations and co-operatives in the EU representing 11 million farmers and their households.