Joachim graduated from the university of Ghent in Belgium in 2001. After his qualification, he took up a position in Canada before coming to the UK. He joined a private practice in Rotherham from 2002 to 2007 from where he gained his RCVS certificate in small animal surgery. He is currently a senior surgeon at Calder Vets in West Yorkshire. He is an enthousiastic private practionner with a keen interest in all aspects of soft tissue surgery. He has published several research papers in peer-reviewed journals and he is a strong believer that private practionners should do more clinical research.