Members of Council

VWHA President

Jacintha M Wilmink DVM, PhD, Dipl RNVA

‘Woumarec’ Wageningen, The Netherlands

jacinthaJacintha Wilmink graduated from Veterinary School of Utrecht University in The Netherlands in 1991 and started work in equine veterinary practice in New Zealand and the Netherlands. From 1993 until 2001 she has worked in the Department of Equine Sciences of Utrecht University, where she did a residence in equine surgery and a PhD on equine wound healing, both successfully finished in 2000. She has been teaching wound healing and management to veterinary students and veterinarians as well. Her area of clinical expertise and interest is equine wound management and she has developped and evaluated a new method for skin grafting in horses, i.e. the Meek micrograft technique.

Since 2003, she runs her own consultancy on wound management and reconstruction in the equine (“Woumarec”). She performs surgery in several clinics on complicated wounds and scars by applying skin grafting techniques and wound or scar reconstructions. Additionally, she advices practitioners during treatment of wounds. Apart from practical work, she is often invited as speaker on international congresses, and as lecturer for courses and workshops on equine wound management in the Netherlands and abroad. Additionally, she has been and still is involved in international research on wound healing as well. She is coauthor of the second edition of Stashak’s and Theoret’s Equine Wound Management, which was published in 2008, and which is currently being revised for the third edition.

Since 1997 she has been active as council member of the Veterinary Wound Healing Association, as recorder, membership secratery, president and course organizer. She has set up an international course on Equine Wound Management which has been run already several times in a number of countries: Sweden, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway and Italy. The first international course on Wound Management in Small Animals was run in September 2012 in Gent. She is re-elected as president in May 2015.

Her mission: translating scientific knowlegde to practice thus improving equine wound management for the benefit of the future and welfare of the horse, the owner, and the pleasure in work of the equine vet.

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For a list of publications and lectures, look under: “over de chirurg: publicaties/lezingen/interviews”


Hamsterlaan 4,
6705 CT Wageningen,
The Netherlands.
Tel: +31 317 414462

VWHA Treasurer

Dr Michael Braun

MichaelMichael has a special interest in pharmacological influence on wound healing of antiseptics.


Kietzmann, M. and Braun, M. (2006): Effects of the zinc oxide and cod liver oil containing ointment Zincojecol in an animal model of wound healing. Dtsch Tierarztl Wochenschr. 2006 Sep;113(9):331-4. German.

Braun, M., Lelieur, K. and Kietzmann, M. (2006) : Purinergic substances promote murine keratinocyte proliferation and enhance impaired wound healing in mice.Wound Repair Regen. 2006 Mar-Apr;14(2):152-61.

Schülke & Mayr GmbH
Robert-Koch-Str. 2
22851 Norderstedt

VWHA Secretary

Loni Loftus BSc (Hons)

LoniLoni holds a BSc (Hons) in Equine science and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare. She owned and ran a behaviour, training and rehabilitation yard for a number of years before starting her career as a lecturer. Loni currently lectures for a number of colleges and universities in Animal Science, behaviour and welfare as well as continuing to practice as an animal behaviourist.

Loni´s interests are based around injury, disease, rehab, behaviour and welfare. Her wound management interest stems from her rehab work and her current projects see her developing research in the area of new products and their application in veterinary wound care as well as the ethics and welfare considerations surrounding veterinary treatment.

Recent work includes:

The non-compliant client, VNJ, Vol 27, August 2012, pp. 294-297.

Review of current wound-care protocol and dressing choice in equine veterinary practice, VNJ, Vol 26, Sept 2011, pp. 309-313.

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VWHA Website designer

Elin Skärlina DVM

Swedish specialist in equine diseases, ECVS Resident in Equine Surgery
EVIDENSIA Specialisthästsjukhuset Strömsholm, Sweden

ElinAfter obtaining a degree in veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Copenhagen in 2004, Elin went to Canada for an internship in Equine Surgery at London Equine Hospital, Ontario. After moving back to Sweden, she started working at Strömsholm Equine Hospital. In 2009 she started a three year surgical residency at the hospital with Dr Dylan Gorvy as her supervisor. With Dylan as her mentor, she has gained much further interest and knowledge in wound healing and as part of her residency, she has looked further into the use of a high pressure parallel water jet system in wound debridement.

EVIDENSIA Specialisthästsjukhuset Strömsholm
Djursjukhusvägen 11
734 94 Strömsholm

Members of Council

Dr. Mirja Nolff

German specialist in Small Animal Medicine, ECVS Resident in Small Animal Surgery

LubiundichAfter obtaining a degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in 2007, Mirja continued as an Intern at the Small Animal Clinic of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover. After completion, she became faculty member of the surgical division and completed the German specialist program in Small Animal Medicine in 2012. She then moved to Munich and started a three year surgical residency at the Clinic of Small Animal Surgery and Reproduction of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in July 2014. She has a special interest in reconstructive surgery and open wound management with special focus on Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and eradication of wound bioburden.

  • Nolff MC, Meyer-Lindenberg A. Necrotizing fasciitis: a review. Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2014, 2014, 16;42(2):117-24.
  • Nolff MC, Fehr M, Bolling A, Dening R, Kramer S, Reese S, Meyer-Lindenberg A. Comparison of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, silver coated foam dressing and conventional bandages in open wound treatment in the dog. A retrospective study of 50 cases. V.C.O.T. 2015;28 (1):30-8.
  • Nolff MC, Meyer-Lindenberg A. Negative pressure wound therapy augmented full-thickness free skin grafting in the cat: outcome in 10 grafts transferred to six cats. J Feline Med Surg. 2015
  • Nolff MC, Flatz KM, Meyer-Lindenberg A. Preventive incisional negative pressure wound therapy (Prevena®) for an at-risk-surgical closure in a female Rottweiler.Schweiz. Arch. Tierheilk., 2015, 157: 105-109.
  • Nolff MC, Meyer-Lindenberg A. Necrotising fasciitis in a domestic shorthair cat – NPWT assisted debridement and reconstruction. JSAP, 2015 Apr; 56(4):281-4.
  • Nolff MC, Layer A, Meyer-Lindenberg A. Negative pressure wound therapy with instillation -augmented for body wall reconstruction using an artificial mesh in a dachshund. Accepted Australian Vet J.

Clinic for Small Animal Surgery and Reproduction
80539 Munich, Germany

Stine Jacobsen DVM, PhD, Professor of Large Animal Surgery

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

StineStine Jacobsen graduated from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now University of Copenhagen) in Denmark in 1998. She complete he PhD thesis in the same institution in 2003 and has since then been a member of faculty there, interrupted by a Maria-Curie fellowship at Utrecht University and a post doc position at Wageningen University, both in The Netherlands. She was appointed professor of large animal surgery at University of Copenhagen in March 2015.

Stine Jacobsen’s research interests are centered on inflammation, traumatology, wound healing and wound management and large animal surgery. She teaches these subjects to veterinary students and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and post-graduate courses. She has supervised several PhD students on the topics of inflammation/acute phase proteins, equine abdominal disease and wound healing. She divides her time between research, teaching and her work as an equine surgeon at the Large Animal University Hospital of University of Copenhagen. In 2014 she completed a residency in the European College of Veterinary Surgery.

he has authors/co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters. More information can be found at: