Den Hoek

Our team – Eric Laarakker

Team Den Hoek - Eric Laarakker

In this new section, each month we ask one of our team members a series of questions so that you can get to know us a little better. We will of course start this edition with the founder of our practice, Eric Laarakker:

– How did practice Den Hoek come about?
I drove around for years as a self-employed person, treating horses everywhere and nowhere. In Europe, but also in America. Eventually this became too much for me. After 2x a serious car accident I wanted to settle in one place, I was tired of traveling. In addition, I realized that I had stopped growing. I felt the need for colleagues to continue to grow in knowledge.

– What do you like most about your job?
Learning from my patients every day. And it’s great to see patients recovering.

– What is the most important thing you have learned during your work?
That we actually know so little and have no idea what life and disease actually is. There is no such thing as the “truth”.

– What is the nicest or most special thing you have experienced during your work?
Countless experiences, I let myself be surprised every day.

– What do you like least about your job?
Time pressure and continuous care for patients. People sometimes don’t take responsibility for themselves or their animal, which I find frustrating. And that the freedom of medicine is increasingly restricted.

– How would you describe the Den Hoek team?
In one word: family.

– Do you have pets yourself?
Most people know my horse by now, he is on the front cover of the Horse types book. The Arabian horse Hassan. Until recently, two cats roamed around here. Sisters to each other, Tina & Mina. Unfortunately we recently had to say goodbye to Mina.

– Coffee or tea break?
I wish I had a break, but I prefer coffee.

– What can we wake you up for?
Not for anything, sleep is sacred.

-What do you like to do in your spare time?
Hiking, tearing through the forest with my old crazy Arab and of course coming up with new therapies.

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