Department: Clinical Sciences and Services
Research Groups: Cardiovascular and Inflammation Biology and Metabolism
Clinical Groups: Small Animal Internal Medicine
Research Centres: Clinical Investigation Centre
Stijn is a Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine with a special interest in endocrinology. He is currently involved in under- and postgraduate teaching, he is Deputy Clinical Director of Small Animal Referrals, Co-Head of the Internal Medicine Referral Clinic, supervising the Internal Medicine residents and many activities surrounding diabetes mellitus and acromegaly research at the Royal Veterinary College as well as the Medical School in Newcastle. As part of his research and clinical activities Stijn leads a number of endocrinology clinics at the RVC, including a dedicated Diabetic and Acromegalic Cat Clinic, a Hypophysectomy Clinic and a Diabetic Remission Clinic (https://www.facebook.com/RVC.Diabetic.Remission.Clinic).
Stijn is from the Netherlands and graduated from Ghent University in Belgium. He then completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, followed by completion of a 3-year Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at the Royal Veterinary College. He then studied for a PhD in Diabetes Mellitus at the RVC and the Medical School in Newcastle from 2006 to 2009. Stijn gained his status of European Specialist in Internal Medicine in 2007 (Diplomate ECVIM).
He was granted an award for “Excellence in the advancement of Endocrinology” by the Society of Comparative Endocrinology (SCE) in 2008 and 2013, the “Young Researcher in Endocrinology Award” by the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (ESVE) in 2009 and a research-award by the Anglo Danish Dutch Diabetes Group (ADDDG) also in 2009. Stijn is also currently Past President of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (www.esve.org) and former board member of the Small Animal Medicine Society.
Stijn’s main research interests are all endocrine (hormonal) diseases and in particular diabetes mellitus and acromegaly. He performs his research both at the RVC, other University of London Research facilities and the Medical School in Newcastle. Furthermore he is interested in the development and application of Quality of Life assessment tools (psychometrics) for ill pets and their owners, as well as developing novel diagnostics for common diseases, including the use of large data-sets and machine-learning.
Stijn has published over 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has written numerous book chapters for the most important veterinart text books; his latest publications can be found here:
Stijn is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education. Most of Stijn’s didactic teaching is to the third and fourth year BVetMed students (endocrine system) and to final year students during their time in the referral clinic. He also provides teaching on other years of the BVetMed. Other teaching includes the elective course on feline medicine and small animal medicine and the the BscVetSci course, as well as the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Stijn is also supervising three PhD-students in the field of endocrinology (human and veterinary). In addition Stijn supervises a number of clinical research projects performed by final-year elective students and residents (SCTSs). Stijn enjoys working with students (under- and postgraduate), especially trying to make them feel confident and enthusiastic about the next step in their career. Stijn is also involved in providing various RVC CPD courses, mainly in the field of endocrinology, and RVC’s Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) programme.
Stijn supervises and helps running the internal medicine referral clinic in the Queen Mother Hospital of the RVC. He also runs the Diabetic and Acromegalic Cat Clinic, the Diabetic Remission Clinic (https://www.facebook.com/RVC.Diabetic.Remission.Clinic), as well as the Hypophysectomy Clinic at the RVC.
Dr Stijn Niessen and his research activities in the news:
Information about Feline Diabetes Mellitus and clinical trials for diabetic cats:
European Society for Veterinary Endocrinology:
The Diabetic Remission Clinic investigates the optimum management for diabetic cats, and cats in diabetic remission. This includes investigating factors that increase the chance of diabetic remission and prevent cats in remission from relapsing. The clinic is opening a new clinical trial to investigate the benefit of a drug promoting insulin secretion in preventing relapse of diabetes mellitus.
Vet Compass Project Type: Dog
This project, funded by Dechra, aims to determine better methods for the earlier detection and monitoring of hyperadrenocorticism in dogs. More effective diagnosis and monitoring may result in improved quality of life.
Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System: VetCompass is the RVC's companion animal disease surveillance initiative which analyses clinical data from first-opinion small animal and equine veterinary practices, in order to better understand the conditions affecting the nation’s pets. VetCompass studies are specifically designed to contribute towards long-term improvements in companion animal health and welfare.