Professor Horzinek studied veterinary medicine in Germany at Giessen and Hannover Universities, from 1956 to 1961. A year later he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. med.vet.) and in 1970 he gained his ‘Habilitation’ (a PhD equivalent) in virology. He began his career in virology at the Public Health Laboratory in Hannover, where he worked as a research fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He later helped to establish the Chair of Virology at Hannover Veterinary School, and then spent a year as a research fellow at the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas in Caracas, Venezuela.
Professor Horzinek has been honored with several titles outside the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht, namely: Associate Professor at the Veterinary School in Hannover, Germany, Courtesy Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, USA, and Clinical Professor of Virology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, USA.
During his career so far, Professor Horzinek has gained a number of prizes and awards from research organisations in Giessen (Germany), Liège (Belgium), Geelong (Australia), Yokohama (Japan) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and honorary doctorates from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and the Veterinary School in Hannover (Germany).
His publications include in excess of 250 scientific papers and more than 30 books and monographs, a handbook and many CD-ROM articles. He has been an editor or an editorial board member for scientific journals published in the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. At present, Professor Horzinek is Editor-in-Chief for the Elsevier published journal ?Veterinary Microbiology’. He is the founding president of the European Society of Feline Medicine, a scientific society based in the UK, and is a founding member of the German Gesellschaft für Kynologische Forschung, a fund-raising initiative for veterinary research.
His most recent, and arguably most ambitious, project to date is the establishment of the online veterinary research journal, Veterinary Sciences Tomorrow. This new venture will be a full-time occupation as soon as he relinquishes his other responsibilities at the Utrecht Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht.