ANIVADO team/ Meet us

David van Doorn

Andrea D. Ellis

Lydia Trouborst - van Doorn


                Director ANIVADO


Lecturer ANIVADO

Content Manager & Developer ANIVADO

David van Doorn PhD is director and founder of EQUIVADO and ANIVADO.  ANIVADO represents the online education platform and online education activities that David performs in cooperation with other experts. The website and name "EQUIVADO" represents David's equine nutrition consultant activities.

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Dr Andrea Ellis is a renowned equine scientist, who has had horses in her blood from an early age both as an artist and scientist. She freely admits that she occasionally missed her first two school lessons and secretly went to see the training sessions at the Spanish Horse Riding School near her home in Vienna.

Andrea's early research focused on food intake behaviour and nutrient digestion in horses and sheep, and set her on a path of becoming a specialist in equine nutrition and behaviour. After working as a Scientific Researcher at the Research Institute for Applied Husbandry, Wageningen University Research, The Netherlands, for four years, she joined Nottingham Trent University as Senior Lecturer, where she led the design of the MSc in Equine Health and Welfare, and was Programme Leader of this course. 

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Lydia studied Animal Care & Management at the Groenhorst College, Barneveld, the Netherlands from 1997-1998. During her education she worked part-time as animal care keeper in a boarding kennel. After that she worked as an Animal Carer in Rotterdam "Blijdorp" Zoo. 

From 1999-2014 Lydia has been working in the human resource & management at the local government of Rotterdam. In 2014 she shifted her career to go back to her roots and started as a Content Manager & Developer of the ANIVADO platform. 

Astrid klein Breteler

Carolien Munsters

Coby Bolger


Junior Consultant Equine Nutrition & 

Content Development Manager ANIVADO           


Lecturer ANIVADO 

Expert in Equine Sport Physiology


Spanish translation manager 

Astrid klein Breteler MSc studied Animal Husandry at Inholland University of Applied Sciences in Delft, the Netherlands from 2010-2014. An internship at an equine veterinary clinic led to the start of her professional career in the equine industry. During the last year of her bachelor, Astrid worked on a thesis on equine nutrition. The thesis was a great motivation to continue specializing in Animal Nutrition at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands. After her MSc graduation in 2016, Astrid started working as an equine nutrition consultant at an equine veterinary clinic. In 2017 Astrid started working part-time as a teacher in Animal Care. In 2018, she also joined the ANIVADO team as a Junior Consultant Equine Nutrition & Content Development Manager.  


Dr. Carolien Munsters holds a MSc in biology and worked as a senior project manager at the Equine Fieldlab at the Dutch Equestrian Centre. In 2010 she started Moxie Sport Analysis and Coaching, where she combines "research knowledge with (top)sport analysis to guide and support equine athletes, trainers and coaches”. In 2013 she completed her PhD on workload, fitness and welfare of riding horses at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University. She is the official advisor for the Olympic eventing team regarding exercise testing and training programs for more than 8 years and guided the riders and horses towards the Olympic games in London and Rio. In addition, she advises and guides several international and national riders (eventing, dressage, show jumping, carriage driving, endurance) how to optimise their training program for their horses. In preparation of numerous European and World championships she analyses the fitness of sport horses (and teams) and helps them to construct an optimal training program towards their championships. Continues monitoring of all training sessions and competitions of these horses is her main focus as in this way training programs can be maintained most optimal for horse and rider. In addition, she gives also numerous courses about equine exercise physiology as certified lecturer or riders, trainers, physiotherapists and veterinarians and conducts several research projects in collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University.

 As an equine nutritionist, Coby Bolger works daily with equine vets, horse owners, breeders and feed mills to develop science-based rations and exercise strategies according to designated objectives.

Trained, through numerous courses, hands-on studies, conferences and research projects, in the United States through Kentucky Equine Research, in the UK with Waltham Equine Studies Group and through the European Workshop for Equine Nutrition (EWEN) among others, Coby Bolger has worked to increase the knowledge base of equine nutrition in Spain. Over the past 20 years with this objective, she has published books, carried out scientific studies focused on foal growth, gastric ulcers and other topics and spoken as a guest lecturer at universities, conferences, clinics, radio and television shows.

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