Kathalijne Visser studied Animal Husbandry at Wageningen University, graduated in 1996. After a short work experience at the department Behavioural Biology at the University of Groningen (research project: the function of sleep) she continued her studies as a PhD student at the Animal Sciences Group of Wageningen UR / Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Utrecht. This PhD research project focussed on the personality of horses. In 2002 she successfully defended her PhD research Horsonality: a study on the personality of the horse. After her PhD she continued working as a welfare scientist at the Animal Sciences Group of Wageningen UR and broadened her research area to welfare and behaviour of horses. In 2015 she became researcher at the Aeres University for Applied Sciences in which she studies the human-animal interactions. Apart from expert knowledge, Kathalijne Visser also has shown to have gained skills for projectleading, projectmanagement, stakeholderanalysis, lecturing, training and writing. Kathalijne is research officer of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES), and reviewer for various scientific journals. Apart from that she co-supervises PhD students on horse welfare and horse temperament outside the Netherlands. Kathalijne has no horses of her own, but when the opportunity is there she likes to ride horses at recreational level.