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Frans Stades Biography

Frans C Stades 
PhD, Dip. ECVO, DVM, European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology, Dierenarts, Specialist Oogheelkunde in the Netherlands.

Dr Stades began his career in mechanical engineering, at the University of Delft in 1959. Thereafter he did his military service, ending as First Lieutenant Cavalry.
He started his studies in veterinary sciences in 1963 and graduated in 1970 at the University of Utrecht. He became assistant at the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals of the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht. He received his education in ophthalmology from Dr M.A.J. Verwer and Dr Harlan Jensen (University Missouri, USA) and from the human ophthalmology clinic of the University of Utrecht, as no official residency programs existed at that time. He became Head of the section Ophthalmology in 1973 and became Associate Professor of Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1985.

Frans achieved his PhD in 1983 on PHTVL/PHPV in the Dobermann.

His main professional interests are: congenital diseases of the lens and vitreous, reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and presumed inherited eye diseases.

1988: Charter Diplomate of the specialisation of ophthalmology of the Royal Netherlands Veterinary Association
1992: Founder Diplomate of ECVO
1992-1995: First ECVO President
1994-1995: President of ISVO
1995-1998: Past-President of ECVO
1992-2005: ECVO board member
1995-2009: Chair of ECVO Credentials Committee
1995-2000: Chair of the ECVO Genetics Committee (subsequently re-named the Hereditary Eye Disease Committee)
2006-2009: Chair of the ECVO Hereditary Eye Disease Committee
2009 to date: Consultant to the ECVO Hereditary Eye Disease Committee
ECVO representative in the EBVS from its start until 2009

Since retiring from the University of Utrecht in 2006, Frans still works as a private ophthalmologist in the Veterinary Specialist Center the “WagenRenk” and Dierenkliniek “Den Dolder” and is performing eye clinics at breed clubs and charity organisations.

In 2006, he was honored as Officer in the Dutch Order of Oranje-Nassau.
In 2010, he was awarded the status of Honorary Member of the ECVO.

Frans is married and has two children and six grand-children and one Parson Jack Russell Terrier. His hobbies are bridge, skiing, hiking and he is an active do-it-yourselfer.

Frans Stades Contact Details

  • Full Name: Frans Stades
  • Title: Assoc. Prof. Em.
  • Institution: Veterinary Specialist Centre De Wagenrenk
  • Street Address: Keienbergseweg 18
  • City: Wageningen
  • Country: Netherlands
  • ZIP-Code: NL-6705 BN
  • Telephone: +31 (0)317 419120
  • Email: Not shown officially.
  • Second Email: Not shown officially.
  • Employment: practice
  • Specialist Title: veterinary ophthalmology

Frans Stades Status

  • Name: Frans Stades
  • College Role: Active
  • College Role Since: 1992-01-01
  • Year of last re-evaluation: 2023
  • Next re-evaluation: 2028