Vera is biologist and veterinarian. After finishing her veterinary education in Utrecht (2009) she starting working as a veterinary surgeon in mixed-practice in Australia for several years. During this time, and getting back to The Netherlands, she already got interested in laying hens. In 2017 she joined the AviVet team in Lunteren (NL). Besides her veterinary work in this laying hen practice, within AviVet she developed the Chicken Compass, which is a practical method for monitoring the welfare of laying hens and improving it through adaptation in the farm’s management.