Pieter Nelissen


After graduating in Veterinary Medicine with honors at the University of Ghent in 2001, Dr. Pieter Nelissen completed his internship in Small Animal Surgery, which reinforced his interest in this field. In 2003 he joined a small animal private practice, where he worked as a surgeon for 3 years. Dr. Nelissen gained his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery during this period.

In February 2007, he joined Dick White Referrals as an Intern, prior to commencing a three-year residency training in Small Animal Surgery in this institution. Dr. Nelissen was appointed as a consultant in small animal surgery in 2011 and he gained his diplomate status in 2012. Since then he has been working as a soft tissue surgeon and embraced a new role as a lecturer in several training programs, which consolidated his passion and skills as a continuing education speaker.

At the beginning of 2018, after 10 years as an important member of DW Referrals surgical team and several important professional achievements, Pieter became the head of soft tissue surgery at the referral hospital, Tierklinik Haar, in Munich, Germany, position that he occupies currently.

Pieter Nelissen is a world-renown speaker in the veterinary field. He has led several continuing education programs in Europe, the United States, and Japan with different CE providers. He is also a head speaker at Improve International, where he has held sessions on both certificate and advanced certificate courses.

Dr. Nelissen has also produced impressive work in the field of veterinary investigation. He is author and co-author of several articles published in international peer-reviewed journals, with a particular interest in small animal surgery, and of many book chapters in this area.

After 17 years of intensive experience in veterinary practice and educational programs, Pieter Nelissen is now one of the most proficient veterinary surgeons. His particular field of expertise is Soft Tissue Surgery, with a particular focus on wound management, thoracic surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.