Miel Hostens

Miel Hostens

Department of Reproduction, Obstetrics and Herd Health

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,

Salisburylaan 133, B-9860 Merelbeke

Belgium

Office: +32 9 264 75 28

Mobile: +32 478 59 37 03

miel.hostens@ugent.be


CURRENT POSITION

  • Post-doc assistant position on herd health management focusing on the optimization of productive and reproductive performances in small and large herds with an emphasis on nutrition at the Ambulatory Clinic of the Department of Reproduction, Obstetrics and Herd Health.
    • Workpackage leader for 3 work packages with a focus on data management in EU FP7 project GplusE
    • Education of master students in Veterinary Medicine
    • Statistical training of Ph.D. students in data management in the area of dairy cows
    • Post academic and extension services in the area of herd health management in dairy cows.

EDUCATION

PhD Miel Hostens

“Health and Fertility Challenges in High Yielding Dairy Cows 

during the Transition Period 

and the Use of Dietary Fatty Acids as an Optimization Strategy”


PhD Supervision

  • Promotor of Kristof Hermans, a Ph.D. focusing on data quality in dairy cows as a follow up on the development of the DairyDataWarehouse (2013-ongoing)
  • Co-promotor of Jenne De Koster (2016), Ph.D. title: “Influence of body condition score of dairy cows at the end of pregnancy on peripheral tissue insulin response and metabolic properties of adipose tissue”

Previous scientific and professional activities

  • Post-Doc assistant at department of Reproduction, Obstetrics and Herd Health                  2012-2014
    • Industry sponsored post-doc position focusing on data quality and its effect on productive and reproductive parameters through herd record analysis in small and large herds (in collaboration with Zoetis, Paris, France). 2012-2014
  • Veterinarian at Dierenkliniek Den Ham, The Netherlands 2006-2007 
    • Dairy cattle and veal calve practice

Teaching Experience

  • Master of Veterinary Medicine in Veterinary Medicine – Main subject: Ruminants – Cluster Food Producing AnimalsCourses in Ruminant and Porcine Herd Health Medicine, with Clinical Training I, II and III (UGent – G000771)
    • Theoretical courses for Courses in Ruminant and Porcine Herd Health Medicine, with Clinical Training II and III (2015-2016).
    • Weekly practical training sessions on herd record interpretation for Courses in Ruminant and Porcine Herd Health Medicine, with Clinical Training III (2014-2016).
    • Clinical training III during duties at the Veterinary Service of the Department of Reproduction, Obstetrics and Herd Health (2007-2016).
    • Clinical training III during herd health service visits (2008-2016)
  • Institute for Continued Education at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    • A practical approach to risk factors for transition cows, 2010
    • Ration balancing for dairy cows, more than VEM and DVE, 2012
    • Key Performance Indicators on dairy herds, 2013
    • To synch or not to synch dairy cows, 2013
    • Factors influencing reproduction and production results in dairy cows, 2014
    • Data management in high yielding dairy cows, 2015
    • Transition cows disease, 2016
  • Basic Summer Course on Veterinary Epidemiology
    • Big Data in Dairy Analytics (2016)
  • National Institute for Agricultural Training (NCBL)
    • Multiple extension training sessions for dairy and beef herd managers on production, transition and reproductive management of dairy cows (2006-2016). 

Contributions to Congresses, Symposia and Workshops

Invited speaker

Oral conference presentation

Extension workshops


PUBLICATIONS

Peer reviewed international papers

  • Atanasov, B., Hostens, Z. Hajrulai-Musliu, R. Uzunov, N. Adamov, F. Davkov, R. Velev, G. Opsomer, and T. Dovenski. 2016. Comparison of PUFA profiles in the blood and in follicular fluid and its association with follicular dynamics after PGF. Macedonian Veterinary Review 39:1-9.
  • Atanasov B., Hostens, I. Celeska, K. Ilieska, and G. Opsomer, T Dovenski. 2015. Follicular dynamics following induced luteolysis and transvaginal ultrasound-guided aspiration of the largest follicle in dairy cows. Veterinarski arhiv 85:247-260.
  • Bossaert, P., L. Leterme, T. Caluwaerts, S. Cools, Hostens, I. Kolkman, and A. de Kruif. 2009. Teaching transrectal palpation of the internal genital organs in cattle. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 36:451-460.
  • Caluwaerts, T., Hostens, B. Van Ranst, A. de Kruif, and G. Opsomer. 2009. Monitoring reproduction in modern dairy herds. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 44:65.
  • Charlier, J., Hostens, J. Jacobs, B. Van Ranst, L. Duchateau, and J. Vercruysse. 2012. Integrating fasciolosis control in the dry cow management: the effect of closantel treatment on milk production. PLoS ONE 7:e43216.
  • Cools, S., W. Van den Broeck, P. Bossaert, Hostens, and G. Opsomer. 2014. A field study to unravel factors that are significantly associated with the secretory activity of the corpus luteum during the first three postpartum cycles in high yielding dairy cows, based on the amount of steroidogenic and endothelial cells present in the luteal tissue. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 49:881-893.
  • Cools, S., W. Van den Broeck, S. De Vliegher, S. Piepers, Hostens, and G. Opsomer. 2013. Topographic distribution of the different cell types, connective tissue and vascular tissue/lumina within a functional bovine corpus luteum and its association with breed, type of fixation protocol and stage during the cycle. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 48:627-635.
  • Cools, S., W. Van den Broeck, L. Vanhaecke, A. Heyerick, P. Bossaert, Hostens, and G. Opsomer. 2014. Feeding soybean meal increases the blood level of isoflavones and reduces the steroidogenic capacity in bovine corpora lutea, without affecting peripheral progesterone concentrations. Animal Reproduction Science 144:79-89.
  • De Koster, J., Hostens, K. Hermans, W. Van den Broeck, and G. Opsomer. 2016. Validation of different measures of insulin sensitivity of glucose metabolism in dairy cows using the hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp test as the gold standard. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 57:117-126.
  • De Koster, J., Hostens, M. Van Eetvelde, K. Hermans, S. Moerman, H. Bogaert, E. Depreester, W. Van den Broeck, and G. Opsomer. 2015. Insulin response of the glucose and fatty acid metabolism in dry dairy cows across a range of body condition scores. Journal of Dairy Science 98:4580-4592.
  • De Koster, J., W. Van den Broeck, L. Hulpio, E. Claeys, M. Van Eetvelde, K. Hermans, Hostens, V. Fievez, and G. Opsomer. 2016. Influence of adipocyte size and adipose depot on the in vitro lipolytic activity and insulin sensitivity of adipose tissue in dairy cows at the end of the dry period. Journal of Dairy Science 99:2319-2328.
  • Dehkordi, S. K., B. Vlaeminck, Hostens, G. Opsomer, and V. Fievez. 2008. In vitro rumen biohydrogenation of trans-10, cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid in a lipid-encapsulated (LE-CLA) supplement incorporated or not in a processing pellet. Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences 73:119-122.
  • Dini, P., M. Farhoodi, Hostens, M. Van Eetvelde, O. B. Pascottini, M. H. Fazeli, and G. Opsomer. 2015. Effect of uterine lavage on neutrophil counts in postpartum dairy cows. Animal Reproduction Science 158:25-30.
  • Dini, P., M. Farhoodi, G. Akbari, Hostens, O. Pascottini, O. Ataei, G. Opsomer, and M. Fazeli. 2015. Prevalence of subclinical endometritis in two dairy farms in Iran and consequences for further fertility. Research Opinions in Animal and Veterinary Sciences 5:148-153.
  • Dini, P., O. Bogado Pascottini, K. Ducheyne, Hostens, and P. Daels. 2016. Holding equine oocytes in a commercial embryo-holding medium: New perspective on holding temperature and maturation time. Theriogenology 86:1361-1368.
  • Dini, P., O. Bogado, Hostens, and P. Daels. 2016. Holding Equine Oocytes in Syngro® Embryo Holding Medium at 4° C. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 41:78-79.
  • Hermans K., G. Opsomer, W. Waegeman, S. Moerman, J. De Koster, M. Van Eetvelde, B. Van Ranst, Hostens. Interpretation and visualization of data in dairy herds. 2016. In practice (In press).
  • Hermans K., W. Waegeman, G. Opsomer, B. Van Ranst, J. De Koster, M. Van Eetvelde, Hostens. Automatically detecting the quality of reproduction data stored in dairy herd management software using random forests. 2016. Journal of Dairy Science (In review).
  • Hermans K., G. Opsomer, Waegeman, B. Van Ranst, J. De Koster, M. Van Eetvelde, M. Hostens. Cow Identification In Seven Dairy Herd Management Software Programs. 2016. Journal of Data and Information Quality (Submitted).
  • Hermans K., G. Opsomer, Waegeman, B. Van Ranst, J. De Koster, M. Van Eetvelde, M. Hostens. Dirty Data: the cause of an emerging disease in cattle farming. Is there any proof? 2016. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (Submitted);
  • Hostens, M., J. Ehrlich, B. Van Ranst, and G. Opsomer. On-farm evaluation of the effect of metabolic diseases on the shape of the lactation curve in dairy cows through the MilkBot lactation model. Journal of Dairy Science 95:2988-3007.
  • Hostens, M., V. Fievez, J. L. Leroy, E. J. van de Burgwal, B. Van Ranst, B. Vlaeminck, and G. Opsomer. Milk fat saturation and reproductive performance in dairy cattle. Animal Reproduction Science 141:116-123.
  • Hostens, M., V. Fievez, J. L. Leroy, J. Van Ranst, B. Vlaeminck, and G. Opsomer. 2012. The fatty acid profile of subcutaneous and abdominal fat in dairy cows with left displacement of the abomasum. Journal of Dairy Science 95:3756-3765.
  • Hostens, M., V. Fievez, B. Vlaeminck, J. Buyse, J. Leroy, S. Piepers, S. De Vliegher, and G. Opsomer. 2011. The effect of marine algae in the ration of high-yielding dairy cows during transition on metabolic parameters in serum and follicular fluid around parturition. Journal of Dairy Science 94:4603-4615.
  • Hostens, M., V. Fievez, B. Vlaeminck, J. L. M. R. Leroy, and G. Opsomer. 2016. The Effect of Feeding Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Early Lactation on Blood and Follicular Fluid Fatty Acid Profiles. (In Preparation).
  • Hostens, M. and G. Opsomer. 2012. Interaction Of Metabolic Challenges And Successful Fertility In High Yielding Dairy Cows. Review. Pages 118-121 in Proc. 27th World Buiatrics Congress, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Kamal, M. M., M. Van Eetvelde, H. Bogaert, Hostens, L. Vandaele, M. Shamsuddin, and G. Opsomer. 2015. Environmental factors and dam characteristics associated with insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion in newborn Holstein calves. Animal 9:1490-1499.
  • Kamal, M. M., M. Van Eetvelde, E. Depreester, Hostens, L. Vandaele, and G. Opsomer. 2014. Age at calving in heifers and level of milk production during gestation in cows are associated with the birth size of Holstein calves. Journal of Dairy Science 97:5448-5458.
  • Meganck, V., B. M. Goddeeris, S. De Campeneere, Hostens, M. Van Eetvelde, S. Piepers, E. Cox, and G. Opsomer. 2015. Effect of beta-hydroxybutyric acid, parity, and body condition score on phenotype and proliferative capacity of colostral mononuclear leukocytes of high-yielding dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 98:6782-6791.
  • Opsomer, G., M. M. Kamal, M. Van Eetvelde, L. Van Daele, and Hostens. 2012. Placental development in Holstein cattle is correlated with dam characteristics and b-cell function of the newborn calf. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 47:69-69.
  • Pardon, B., B. Catry, J. Dewulf, D. Persoons, Hostens, K. De Bleecker, and P. Deprez. 2012. Prospective study on quantitative and qualitative antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory drug use in white veal calves. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 67:1027-1038.
  • Pardon, B., K. De Bleecker, Hostens, J. Callens, J. Dewulf, and P. Deprez. 2012. Longitudinal study on morbidity and mortality in white veal calves in Belgium. BMC Veterinary Research 8:26.
  • Pardon, B., Hostens, L. Duchateau, J. Dewulf, K. De Bleecker, and P. Deprez. 2013. Impact of respiratory disease, diarrhea, otitis and arthritis on mortality and carcass traits in white veal calves. BMC Veterinary Research 9:79.
  • Pardon, B., Hostens, S. Stuyvaert, J. Maris, B. Sustronck, J. Dewulf, and P. Deprez. 2013. Seroepidemiology of respiratory infections in white veal calves under antimicrobial coverage and associations with respiratory disease and carcass traits. BMC Veterinary Research 9.1:1.
  • Pardon, B., E. Stuyven, S. Stuyvaert, Hostens, J. Dewulf, B. M. Goddeeris, E. Cox, and P. Deprez. 2011. Sera from dams of calves with bovine neonatal pancytopenia contain alloimmune antibodies directed against calf leukocytes. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 141:293-300.
  • Pascottini, O. B., P. Dini, Hostens, R. Ducatelle, and G. Opsomer. 2015. A novel cytologic sampling technique to diagnose subclinical endometritis and comparison of staining methods for endometrial cytology samples in dairy cows. Theriogenology 84:1438-1446.
  • Pascottini, O. B., M. Hostens, P. Dini, M. Van Eetvelde, P. Vercauteren, and G. Opsomer. Prevalence of cytological endometritis and effect on pregnancy outcomes at the time of insemination in nulliparous dairy heifers. Journal of Dairy Science 91: 9051-9056.
  • Pascottini, O.B., Hostens, P. Dini, J. Vandepitte, R. Ducatelle, and G. Opsomer. 2016. Comparison between cytology and histopathology to evaluate subclinical endometritis in dairy cows. Theriogenology 86:1550-1556.
  • Pascottini, O.B., Hostens, P. Dini, J. Vandepitte, R. Ducatelle, and G. Opsomer. 2016. Distribution of inflammation and association between active and chronic alterations within the endometrium of dairy cows. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 51:751-757.
  • Van Eetvelde, M., M. M. Kamal, Hostens, L. Vandaele, L. O. Fiems, and G. Opsomer. 2016. Evidence for placental compensation in cattle. Animal 10:1342-1350.
  • van Knegsel, A. T. M., Hostens, G. D. Reilingh, A. Lammers, B. Kemp, G. Opsomer, and H. K. Parmentier. 2012. Natural antibodies related to metabolic and mammary health in dairy cows. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 103:287-297.
  • Verschave, S. H., J. Vercruysse, A. Forbes, G. Opsomer, Hostens, L. Duchateau, and J. Charlier. 2014. Non-invasive indicators associated with the milk yield response after anthelmintic treatment at calving in dairy cows. BMC Veterinary Research 10:264.
  • Wullepit, N., Hostens, C. Ginneberge, V. Fievez, G. Opsomer, D. Fremaut, and S. De Smet. 2012. Influence of a marine algae supplementation on the oxidative status of plasma in dairy cows during the periparturient period. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 103:298-303.

Conference proceedings and posters

  • Bossaert, P., L. Leterme, T. Caluwaerts, S. Cools, Hostens, I. Kolkman, and G. Opsomer. 2009. Teaching rectal palpation of the genital apparatus in cows: Depiction of the learning process in live cows and evaluation of a simulated training model. In Proc. European Buiatrics Forum, Marseille, France:67.
  • Caluwaerts, T., Hostens, B. Van Ranst, A. de Kruif, and G. Opsomer. 2009. Monitoring reproduction in modern dairy herds. In Proc. 13th Annual Conference of the European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction, Ghent, Belgium:65.
  • Caluwaerts, T., Hostens, B. Van Ranst, and G. Opsomer. 2009. The relationship between the increasing ratio of milk yield in the first part of lactation and the moment of first recorded heat in dairy cows. In Proc. 13th Annual Conference of the European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction, Ghent, Belgium:98.
  • Charlier, J., J. Jacobs, Hostens, B. Van Ranst, L. Duchateau, and J. Vercruysse. 2011. Treatment with closantel oral suspension at dry-off in dairy cows exposed to the liver fluke: Effect on milk production parameters. In Proc. 6th European Congress of Bovine Health Management, Liège, Belgium:68.
  • Dini, P., O.B. Pascottini, Hostens, and P. Daels. 2016. Holding Equine Oocytes in Syngro® Embryo Holding Medium at 4°C. International Symposium on Equine Embryo Transfer and Technology, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Goderis, M., Hostens, and G. Opsomer. 2008. Severe outbreaks of botulism in cattle herds in flanders : 4 case reports. In Proc. 15th World Buiatrics Congress, Budapest, Hungary:75-76.
  • Hermans K., G. Opsomer, M. Van Eetvelde, J. De Koster, H. Bogaert, S. Moerman, E. Depreester, Van Ranst, J. Vandepitte, M. Hostens. 2015. A new threat for modern dairy farming: dirty data. In. Proc. 66th Annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, Warsaw, Poland: 142.
  • Hermans K., G. Opsomer, B. Van Ranst, J. De Koster, Van Eetvelde, S. Moerman, H. Bogaert, E. Depreester,  J. Vandepitte, M. Cameron, M. Hostens. 2015. Dirty Data the Cause of An Emerging Disease in Cattle Farming. Is There Any Proof? In. Proc. Technical meeting of the international committee for animal recording, Krakow, Poland:34.
  • Hermans K., J. Laureyns, G. Opsomer, B. Van Ranst, J. De Koster, M. Van Eetvelde, S. Moerman, H. Bogaert, E. Depreester, J. Vandepitte, O. Pascottini, Hostens. 2016. The consequences of a bovine viral diarrhoea virus outbreak on herd level production parameters, a case study. In. Proc. 29th Congress of the World Association For Buiatrics, Dublin, Ireland:321.
  • Hermans K., G. Opsomer, B. Van Ranst, J. De Koster, M. Van Eetvelde, S. Moerman, H. Bogaert, E. Depreester, J. Vandepitte, O. Pascottini, Hostens. 2016. Dairy data quality, much more than just missing data. In. Proc. 29th Congress of the World Association For Buiatrics, Dublin, Ireland:410.
  • Hostens, M., A. Steen, V. Fievez, and G. Opsomer. 2009. Differences in fatty acid profile of subcutaneous fat at drying-off versus at calving in high yielding dairy cows fed extruded linseed during lactation. In Proc. European Buiatrics Forum, Marseille, France:128.
  • Hostens, M., B. Van Ranst, T. caluwaerts, and G. Opsomer. 2011. The fertitree : A decision tree for reproductive management in high yielding dairy cows in europe. In Proc. 21th ADSA Discover meeting, Itasca, USA
  • Hostens, M., B. Vlaeminck, V. Fievez, and G. Opsomer. 2009. The effect of marine algae supplementation in high yielding dairy cows during transition on metabolic parameters in the serum and follicular fluid early post-partum. In Proc. 13th Annual Conference of the European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction, Ghent, Belgium:86.
  • Hostens, M., B. Vlaeminck, V. Fievez, J. Van Ranst, and G. Opsomer. 2010. The fatty acid profile of subcutaneous and abdominal fat depots as compared to the nefa in the blood plasma during the negative energy balance in high yielding dairy cows. In Proc. 14th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, Ghent, Belgium:131.
  • Hostens, M., L. Peelman, V. Fievez, and G. Opsomer. 2010. The effect of microalgae supplementation on the mrna expression for gluconeogenic enzymes in liver of transition dairy cows. In Proc. 8th Ruminant Reproduction Symposium, Anchorage, USA:583.
  • Hostens, M., L. Peelman, V. Fievez, and G. Opsomer. 2010. The effect of microalgae supplementation on the liver function in transition dairy cows. In Proc. 14th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, Ghent, Belgium
  • Hostens, M., T. Caluwaerts, B. Van Ranst, and G. Opsomer. 2009. The effect of age at first calving on subsequent production in dairy cattle. In Proc. 13th Annual Conference of the European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction, Ghent, Belgium:85-86.
  • Hostens, M., T. Caluwaerts, E. Vandekerckhove, S. De Vliegher, S. Piepers, B. Van Ranst, and G. Opsomer. Factors associated with oestrous length in high yielding dairy cows. In Proc. European Buiatrics Forum, Marseille, France:65.
  • Hostens, M., V. Fievez, B. Vlaeminck, J. Buyse, J. L. M. R. Leroy, S. Piepers, S. De Vliegher, and G. Opsomer. 2011. The effect of DHA enriched marine algae in the ration of high yielding dairy cows during transition on milk components In Proc. ADSA Discovery Conference on Milk Components, Itasca, USA.
  • Hostens, M., V. Fievez, B. Vlaeminck, S. De Vliegher, S. Piepers, and G. Opsomer. 2009. The effect of marine algae supplementation in the ration of high yielding dairy cows during transition and its effect on metabolic parameters in the serum and follicular fluid around parturition. In Proc. XI International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology, Clermont-Ferrand, France:712-713.
  • Opsomer G., O.B. Pascottini, and Hostens. 2016. Interaction between metabolism, immune function and uterine health in postpartum dairy cows. International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Pardon, B., B. Catry, J. Dewulf, D. Persoons, Hostens, K. De Bleecker, and P. Deprez. 2012. Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory drug use in belgian white veal calves. In Proc. 27th World Buiatrics Congress, Lisbon, Portugal:60.
  • Pardon, B., E. Stuyven, S. Stuyvaert, Hostens, J. Dewulf, B. M. Goddeeris, E. Cox, and P. Deprez. 2010. Flow cytometric and immunofluorescence staining studies on bovine neonatal pancytopenia in calves. In Proc. 26th World Buiatrics Congress, Santiago, Chili:10.
  • Pardon, B., E. Stuyven, S. Stuyvaert, Hostens, J. Dewulf, B. M. Goddeeris, E. Cox, and P. Deprez. 2011. Demonstration of alloimmune antibodies in sera from dams of calves with bovine neonatal pancytopenia. In Proc. 6th European Congress of Bovine Health Management, Liège, Belgium:100.
  • Pardon, B., J. Dewulf, Hostens, J. Callens, K. De Bleecker, and P. Deprez. 2012. Risk factors for mortality and reduced carcass weight in white veal calves. In Proc. 27th World Buiatrics Congress, Lisbon, Portugal:90-91.
  • Pardon, B., Hostens, L. Ribbers, K. De Bleecker, G. Opsomer, and P. Deprez. 2009. Ear vein sampling procedure with a commercial beta-hydroxybutyrate meter as a cow side test for ketosis. In Proc. European Buiatrics Forum, Marseille, France:177.
  • Pardon, B., S. Drabbé, Hostens, and P. Deprez. 2010. Postprandial glucose and insulin concentrations in belgian blue veal calves on a commercial milk powder diet. In Proc. 26th World Buiatrics Congress, Santiago, Chili:243-244.
  • Pascottini O.B., P. Dini, Hostens, and G. Opsomer. 2015. Cytotape: a novel technique to diagnose subclinical endometritis in dairy cows. European Society of Domestic Animals Reproduction, Albena, Bulgaria.
  • Pascottini O.B., P. Dini, Hostens, R. Ducatelle, and G. Opsomer. 2015. Comparison of staining methods for PMN cell counts in endometrial cytology samples to diagnose subclinical endometritis in dairy cows. Days of Veterinary Medicine, Struga, Macedonia.
  • Pascottini O.B., Hostens, P. Dini, and G. Opsomer. 2015. Accuracy and efficacy of histopathology and cytology methods to diagnose subclinical endometritis in dairy cows. International Conference on Biology and Pathology of Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Gdańsk, Poland.
  • Pascottini O.B., P. Dini, Hostens, P. Vercauteren, and G. Opsomer. 2015. Prevalence of subclinical endometritis at artificial insemination and its effect on subsequent conception rate in dairy cows: some preliminary results. International Conference on Biology and Pathology of Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Gdańsk, Poland.
  • Pascottini, O.B., Hostens, and G. Opsomer. 2016. New perspectives of subclinical endometritis diagnosis in dairy cows. European Veterinary Conference: Voorjaarsdagen, The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • Pascottini, O.B., Hostens, P. Dini, J. Vandepitte, R. Ducatelle, and G. Opsomer. 2016. Distribution of inflammation within the endometrium of dairy cows. World Buiatrics Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Pascottini, O.B., Hostens, P. Dini, B. Atanasov, P. Vercauteren, and G. Opsomer. 2016. Subclinical endometritis at artificial insemination in dairy cows: prevalence and effect on pregnancy outcome. International Congress of Animal Reproduction, Tours, France.
  • Santoro A., J. Vandepitte, Hostens, F. Carter, E. Matthews, W. Waegeman, A.G. Fahey, K. Hermans, C. Ferris, M. Bell, M.T. Sorensen, J. Höglund and M.A. Crowe. 2016. Potential for novel glycan measurements in milk as biomarker phenotypes for dairy traits. In Proc. 67th Annual Conference of the European Federation of Animal Science, Belfast, UK:300.
  • Van Eetvelde, M., S. De Smet, Hostens, and G. Opsomer. 2009. How to measure body fat stores in high yielding dairy cows. In Proc. European Buiatrics Forum, Marseille, France:81.
  • van Knegsel, A. T. M., Hostens, G. de Vries Reilingh, V. Fievez, G. Opsomer, and H. K. Parmentier. 2010. Microalgae supplementation does not affect natural antibodies levels in plasma of peripartum dairy cows. In Proc. 14th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, Ghent, Belgium:166.
  • Vanlierde C., C Grelet, N. Gengler, C. Ferris, M. T. Sorensen, J. Höglund, F. Carter, A. Santoro, K. Hermans, Hostens, P. Dardenne,  F. Dehareng. 2016. Potential of milk MIR spectra to develop new health phenotypes for dairy cows in the GplusE project. In Proc. 67th Annual Conference of the European Federation of Animal Science, Belfast, UK:299.
  • Van Ranst, B., Hostens, H. J. van der Beek, and G. Opsomer. 2010. Visualization and interpretation of reproduction performance on modern dairy herds. In Proc. 14th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, University Press, Ghent, Belgium:101.
  • Van Ranst, B., Hostens, H. J. Van der Beek, and G. Opsomer. 2010. Visualisation and interpretation of reproduction performance on modern dairy herds. In Proc. 26th World Buiatrics Congress. Santiago, Chili:248.
  • Ververs, C., Hostens, T. Caluwaerts, and G. Opsomer. 2010. Is there an association between the start-up of the lactation curve and the moment of first heat detection in modern dairy cows. In Proc. 14th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, Ghent, Belgium:22.
  • Vlaeminck, B., Hostens, E. Colman, S. De Campeneere, G. Opsomer, and V. Fievez. 2011. Effect of poly-unsaturated fatty acid on plasma and milk fatty acid composition in early lactating dairy cows. In Proc. ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA:121-122.
  • Vlaeminck, B., Hostens, G. Opsomer, and V. Fievez. 2009. Delayed response of milk fatty acids to micro algae fed in early lactation. In Proc. Ruminant physiology, Wageningen Academic Publishers, Clermont-Ferrand, France:688-689.
  • Wullepit, N., C. Ginneberge, V. Fievez, G. Opsomer, Hostens, D. Fremaut, and S. De Smet. 2010. Influence of micro algae supplementation on the oxidative status of plasma in periparturient dairy cows. In Proc. 14th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, Ghent, Belgium:48-49.

Extension papers

  • Cools, S., P. Bossaert, T. Caluwaerts, Hostens, G. Opsomer, and A. de Kruif. 2008. De economische gevolgen van een verlenging van de tussenkalftijd bij hoogproductief melkvee. Flemish Veterinary Journal 77:402-409.
  • Depreester E., M. Kamal, M. Van Eetvelde, Hostens, and G. Opsomer. Maternale en omgevingsfactoren die significant geassocieerd zijn met het geboortegewicht van holstein kalveren. Flemish Veterinary Journal 83:3-13
  • Hostens M. Bestaat het ideale droogstandsrantsoen? Melkveebedrijf 4:18-20.
  • Hostens M. Hoogproductief melkvee managen rondom de kalving. 2009. Melkveebedrijf 7:12-13
  • Hostens, M., Bossaert, S. Cools, A. de Kruif, and G. Opsomer. 2010. Het gebruik van glucogene precursoren in de voeding van hoogproductief melkvee. Flemish Veterinary Journal 79:247-258.
  • Hostens, M. Effect van vetzuren rondom transitieperiode. Veeteelt (Nov 2): 13-14.
  • Ververs, C., Hostens, T. Caluwaerts, A. de Kruif, and G. Opsomer. 2010. Is er een verband tussen het verloop van de aanvangsfase van de lactatiecurve en het optreden van de eerste oestrus post partum bij hoogproductieve melkkoeien? Flemish Veterinary Journal 79:381-388.

Supplementary Training

Dairy science domain

  • Cursus rundveevoeding: recente ontwikkelingen en nieuwe inzichten, Wageningen Business School, The Netherlands      2007
  • BASF, Tagungsveranstaltung, Haus Riswick, Germany 2007
  • WIAS Seminar: Strategies to improve health and fertility in dairy cows, Wageningen, The Netherlands 2008
  • ITB Schulung Februar, DSP Agrosoft, Verden, Germany 2008
  • 14th DISCOVER Conference: Lipids for Dairy Cattle: Today’s Issues, Tomorrow’s Challenges, Nashville, Indiana, United States 2008
  • 25th World Buiatrics Congress, Budapest, Hungary 2008
  • International symposium: Nutritional strategies to manage the challenges of today’s dairy cows, Wageningen, The Netherlands 2009
  • International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology, Clermont-Ferrand, France 2009
  • Rindergesundheitstag – Milch und gute Fruchtbarkeit: Die besten Strategien, Leipzig, Germany 2009
  • ITB Schulung August, DSP Agrosoft, Verden, Germany 2009
  • 17th DISCOVER Conference: Dairy Herd Analytics, Nashville, United States 2009
  • 20th Discover Conference: The Transition Cow: Biology and Management, Champaign, United States 2010
  • Dairy Solutions Symposium – Rumen Health : A 360° Analysis, Utrecht, The Netherlands 2010
  • Alta Value Services Konferenz, Bremen, Germany 2010
  • 14th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, Ghent, Belgium 2010
  • International Reproduction Conference, Anchorage, United States 2010
  • Bovine Professionals Meeting, Fertility and Rumen Health, Hofheim, Germany 2010
  • 21st Discover Conference: Improving Reproductive Efficiency of Lactating Dairy Cattle, United States 2011
  • 22nd Discover Conference: Milk Components: Opportunities for Maximizing Farm Gate Returns, Chicago, United States 2011
  • Rindergesundheitstag, Giesen, Germany 2011
  • European Buiatrics Forum, Marseille, France 2011
  • Meeting American Association for Bovine Practitioners, Louisville, United States 2011
  • 25th Discover Conference: New Developments in Immunity, Nutrition, and Management of the Preruminant Calf, Chicago, United States 2012
  • 27th World Buiatrics Congress, Lisbon, Portugal 2012
  • Meeting American Association for Bovine Practitioners, Toronto, Canada 2012
  • 14th international congress of sivar ,Cremona, Italy 2012
  • Bovine Professionals Meeting, Claw Health and Transition Management, Hofheim, Germany 2012
  • 26th Discover Conference: Dairy Feed Efficiency, United States 2013
  • Meeting of the European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction, Milano, Italy 2013
  • Dairyland Initiative Meeting on Transition Cow and Positive Pressure Tube Ventilation, Madison, United States 2013
  • 28th Discover Conference: Starch for Ruminants, Chicago, United States 2014
  • National Mastitis Council, Ford Worth, United States 2014
  • Joint ASA-ADSA Annual Meeting, Kansas City, United States 2014
  • EAAP, Copenhagen, Denmark 2014
  • Blanca Reproduction Workshop, Barcelona, Spain 2015
  • ICAR Technical meeting, Krakau, Polen 2015
  • EAAP, Warshau, Polen 2015
  • Precision Livestock Farming, Milan, Italy 2015
  • Large Dairy Herd Management Conference, Chicage, United States 2016

Data science and statistical domain

  • EPI on the Island 2009: An introduction to multilevel modeling, Prince Edward Island, Canada 2009
  • Introduction to SAS, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2009
  • Introductory Statistics. Basics of Statistical Inference, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2009
  • Analysis of Variance, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2009
  • Applied Linear Regression, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2010
  • Applied Logistic Regression, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2011
  • Multilevel Analysis for Grouped and Longitudinal Data, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2011
  • Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials, UGhent, Belgium 2011
  • Survival Analysis, UGhent, Belgium 2012
  • Introduction to R, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2013
  • Tech Transfer Skills Workshop, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2013
  • Multivariate data analysis, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2014
  • An Introduction to Big Data, Institute for Continued Education, Ghent, Belgium 2015
  • Professional Certificate in Bioinformatics, University College Dublin, Ireland 2016

Master and Bachelor Dissertation

Master in Veterinary Medicine

  • Piet Ameel, 2008. The use of glucogenic precursors in high yielding dairy cows around parturition.
  • Karen Van Der Sypt , 2008. Feeding the dairy cow around parturition.
  • Olivier Buysse, 2009. Comparison of the Dutch VEM/DVE and American NRC model to formulate rations for high yielding dairy cows.
  • Stefanie Crul, 2009. Retentio secundinarum in dairy cows.
  • Kathelijne Deberdt, 2009. Immunity drop in high yielding dairy cows around calving.
  • Dirk Vanbelle, 2009. Comparison of the Dutch DVE/OEB and French PDIE and PDIN protein model to formulate rations for high yielding dairy cows
  • Elise Vandekerckhove , 2009. Tools to assist oestrus detection in dairy cows.
  • Kathelijne Deberdt, 2010. The effect of fatty acid supplementation on the neutrophil quality in high yielding dairy cows.
  • Ilse Declerck, 2010. Risk factors for hypocalcaemia and hypocalcaemia as risk factor.
  • Ayold De Jong, 2010. Left abomasal displacement in a Holstein Friesian cow.
  • Anneleen De Visscher, 2010. Factors affecting the conception rate in a transition management facility.
  • Kristof Hermans, 2010. The metabolic profile as a management tool to monitor the transition period in high yielding dairy cows.
  • Boukeline Kappelhoff, 2010. Analysis of a problem herd in cattle.
  • Lena Maes, 2010. Practical sedation of cows on distance.
  • Jentina Seinen, 2010. The caesarean section in cows : an alternative method to open the uterus.
  • Filip Truyens, 2010. Visualization of milk production as a function of dry matter intake.
  • Dirk Vanbelle, 2010. Factors influencing the milk fatty acid composition in the omega-3 & CLA project of FrieslandCampina in Flanders.
  • Leander Van Overschelde, 2010. Anionic salts in the dry period in high yielding dairy cows as a prevention strategy for hypocalcaemia.
  • Maarten Verstraeten, 2010. The influence of body condition scoring on production and reproduction in high yielding dairy cows.
  • Sofie Didden, 2011. Metabolic disease in the transition period in dairy cows.
  • Joris Somers, 2011. Fertility indicators in high yielding dairy cows.
  • Caroline Richard, 2011. Serum BHB profile around parturition in dairy cows.
  • Jasmine Cap, 2012. Visualization of the body condition score in high yielding dairy cows with 3D analysis.
  • Thomas Depoortere, 2012. BVD infection and its effect on reproduction in a dairy herd.
  • Steven Mens, 2012. The selenium status in Flemish dairy herds.
  • Judith de Jong, 2012. Prediction methods for dry matter intake in early lactating dairy cows.
  • Audrey Bruijns, 2012. The association between the total serum protein content and morbidity/ mortality in dairy calves.
  • Stephan van der Raaf, 2012. Oestrus induction with PGF2α in Dutch and Flemish dairy cows.
  • Sarah Fockedey, 2012. The effect of polyunsaturated fatty acids on fertility in high yielding dairy cows.
  • Hanna Tay, 2012. The effect of fat in the ration of high yielding dairy cows on embryo quality.
  • Lieven De Vos, 2013. Dry-off management in high yielding dairy cows.
  • Mathieu Meerschman, 2013. Modern herd health management using Dairy Data Warehouse.
  • Zyncke Lipkens, 2013. Incidence of (sub)clinical ketonaemia in dairy cows.
  • Thomas Hectors, 2013. Risk factor analysis for periparturient disease in dairy cows.
  • Anouk Beulen, 2013. Pathogenesis and risk factor analysis of retained placenta in cows.
  • Stephanie Logghe, 2013. Pyometra in cows and its effect on subsequent fertility.
  • Aart van Bennekom, 2013. A retrospective analysis of selenium supplementation in dairy cows: The effect on the incidence of retained placenta.
  • Priscilla Valk, 2013. The incidence of downer cows.
  • Jeroen Vandenbroucke, 2013. The effect of the negative energy balance on ovarian activity in dairy cows.
  • Stefanie Packet, 2013. The long lasting effects of hypocalcaemia in dairy cows.
  • Anthony De Schryver, 2013. Cystic ovarian follicles in dairy cows.
  • Harm van den Meijdenberg, 2013. The cost of production disease in dairy cows.
  • Rianne Bastiaansen, 2013. Torsio uteri in cows.
  • Niels Schouteden,2014. Schaalvergroting en intensivering van de melkveehouderij.
  • Stefanie Packet, 2014. Evaluatie van de fertiliteit van bindstal naar stal met melkrobot.
  • Priscilla Valk, 2014. Het effect van de transitieperiode op de productie- en reproductieresultaten bij hoogproductief melkvee.
  • Fien Lanno, 2014. Milk fatty acids as early biomarkers of reproduction problems in dairy cattle.
  • Stef Frencken, 2014. Factoren die de drinkwateropname bepalen bij hoogproductief melkvee.
  • Anouk Beulen, 2014. Voorkomen van retentio secundinarum bij rundvee.
  • Jeroen Vandenbroucke, 2014. Effect van de negatieve energiebalans gemeten via dagelijkse gewichtsbepaling op het tochtig worden van hoogproductieve melkkoeien.
  • Delfien Van Vooren, 2014. Dagelijkse tijdsbesteding van hoogproductief melkvee: Wat doen koeien gedurende 24u?
  • Thomas Hectors, 2014. De mogelijkheden om reeds in de droogstand koeien met een verhoogd risico op ziekte na het afkalven te detecteren.
  • Zyncke Lipkens, 2014. Prevalentie van (sub)klinische ketonemie bij hoogproductieve melkkoeien: een steekproef op enkele Vlaamse melkveebedrijven.
  • Dagmar Bruyland, 2015. Survey staldesign anno 2014.
  • Maya Meesters, 2015. Keizersnede onder kliniekomstandigheden: het dalen van de temperatuur voor de partus en de invloed van de maanstand op het tijdstip van kalven.
  • Isabelle Hoschet, 2015. Animal behavior in relation to footbath designs and footbath management in modern dairy herds in Flanders.
  • Stef Frenken, 2015. Onderzoek naar de invloed van dier- en managementfactoren op de drinkwateropname op een hoogproductief melkveebedrijf.
  • Marieke Vanhecke, 2015. Fertility results on dairy farms with or without pedometers.
  • Raf Bolckmans, 2016. Maïsmanagement op hoogproductieve melkveebedrijven en de invloed op productieparameters.
  • Tuur Swolfs, 2016. Invloeden van het staldesign op de economische prestaties van een melkveebedrijf.
  • Ralph Eussen, 2016. Total and partial mixed rations in dairy cattle: Really mixed enough? A survey.

Master in Bioscience Engineering

  • Joost-Pim Balis, 2008. Influence of a milk fat depression in early lactation on the fatty acid composition of follicular fluid and embryo quality.
  • Katrijn De Vriendt, 2008. Induction of a milk fat depression through trans – 10, cis – 12 CLA supplementation in dairy cows and its effect on indicators of the negative energy balance.
  • Bea Theeuwes, 2008. Induction of a milk fat depression through DHA supplementation in dairy cows and its effect on indicators of the negative energy balance.
  • Bianca De Geest, 2009. Omega-3 & CLA fatty acids in body fat of dairy cows.
  • Jef Van Ranst, 2009. The origin of non-esterified fatty acids in serum of dairy cows in negative energy balance.
  • Vicky Devooght, 2010. Multilevel analysis of factors influencing the milk lactose content in high yielding dairy cows.
  • Bram Heindryckx, 2010. Multilevel analysis of factors influencing the milk lactose content in high yielding dairy cows.
  • Bert Van de Steene, 2010. Multilevel analysis of factors influencing the milk lactose content in high yielding dairy cows.

Bachelor in applied Internet, Communication and Technology

  • Tom Thomas, 2009. Development of the BOVICOM program
  • Kevin Noppe, 2010. Databasemigration and optimalisation Bovicom, development of BoviVacc.
  • Christophe Dufroumont , 2010. Databasemigration and optimalisation Bovicom, development of BoviVacc.
  • Cottem Cédric, 2011. Bovicom: refractoring and optimalisation.
  • Vranken Stijn, 2011. Bovicom: refractoring and optimalisation.
  • Jasper De Rocker, 2014. Watermetingen: van verbruik tot visualisatie.

Master in applied Internet, Communication and Technology

  • Mathias Van De Pol, 2015. BactoSense, automated collection and analysis of mastitis samples for dairy farms.
  • Robrecht Sinnaeve, 2016. Quicker to the market with dockerized architecture.
  • Mathias Van Malderen, 2016. Applied micro-service oriented architecture.
  • Stefan Verhelst, 2016. User experience monitoring in the MmmooOgle app.