Kaatje grew up at Knokke, a beach town close to Brugge in Belgium. She qualified from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Ghent in 2012. After completing her internship at the equine clinic of Veterinair Centrum Someren in the Netherlands she returned to Ghent University to start a residency in Equine Reproduction in combination with a PhD.
Kaatje has a special interest in assisted reproductive techniques in the horse (embryo transfer and ovum pick up). She combined her research on maternal ageing at the university with stud work at Keros AI-and ET center for 3 breeding seasons. During the last 2 years of her residency/ PhD training she went to Utrecht university to join the team of Prof. Tom Stout, an authority on embryo transfer and ovum pick up. She has published in peer reviewed scientific journals and presented at equine meetings. She is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR) since 2018.
Outside of work she enjoys cooking for friends, running, swimming and travelling.