ROGIER VAN ROSSEM, THE NETHERLANDS
Rogier has worked with animals from a very young age, starting with volunteering at the local animal shelter(s) from the age of twelve. At fifteen he got his first paying job at exotic pet shop ‘Kameleon’ while studying to become an animal husbandry professional as well as a veterinary assistant. He also studied dog behaviour and worked as an educational animal guide at “Safaripark Beekse Bergen”.
At the age of seventeen he also started working as a veterinary assistant at animal hospital “Den Herd” and after a few years he made the decision to start working fulltime with reptiles and amphibians because of his passion in the field as well as taking over the exotic pet shop from his former boss. He then started to give lectures and teaching courses on exotic animal behaviour and maintenance from his vast experience and knowledge while pursuing various conservation goals.
In 2007/ 2008, Rogier founded the Herpetofauna foundation to further his ambitions in the field of conservation and education and has since been involved in various advisory groups working on animal legislation apart.