As a child Peter had the interest of working with animals. The passion for animals started on a young age. After choosing his education his passion came into perspective.
His first internship was at an edutainment park in the Netherlands, Waterpark Neeltje Jans. He worked here with harbor seals. He did this internship twice to see different sides of the job. This internship made his choice that marine mammals were going to be a part of his life and career path. At the end of his internships in 2005 he began working at Ouwehands Zoo in the Netherlands where he worked for five years with California Sea Lions. This was his first paid job in the field. Ouwehands Zoo supports their trainers learning the most current care practices for marine mammals and sent Peter to his first IMATA conference in 2008.
At the 2008 annual IMATA conference Peter met trainers from all over the world what helped him further his career. From the expertise shared he knows that is where he began to set higher standards for himself and his career development. In 2010 he was given the opportunity to move to Canada where he had the privilege to work in a multiple species animal show. The show’s participants included Walruses, Californian Sea Lions, and Bottlenose Dolphins. This gave Peter a whole new skillset working with those magnificent animals.
Peter’s next career move was to Spain, where he was given the unique opportunity to work with killer whales at Tenerife. With what he knew about animal training he had to step up his skills as killer whales were very different from the species he had worked with previously. He found that he needed to be conscious of the whole environment, and he learned how to use more detailed training methods.
The peak of Peter’s career came when he was working with a young deaf killer whale named Morgan. She was the topic for his formal presentation at the 2013 IMATA annual conference, where he was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award. From Tenerife, Peter went to Marineland France where he continued to work with killer whales. After a year he got the opportunity to work for a park in Sweden, where he is today.
The goal of the training team at Kolmårdens dolphinarium was to change the training system in such a way that involves teaching both trainers and animals to get to the level where they want them to be. It has been a big challenge and a great opportunity in his career as a marine mammal trainer. Peter went from a Senior Marine Mammal Trainer at Kolmarden Djurpark, working with Bottlenose Dolphins, African Fur Seals, Harbor Seals and Grey Seals to his current job Coordinator Animal Training where he can share his experiences with all the animals in the zoo of the same park. Opportunities keep coming for Peter the idea of changing the way people think in Zoo settings became his passion over time. Peters goal today is to see how different ways of thinking or how he calls it “Thinking Outside the Zoo” can help the Zoos and the animals around the world.
In November 2016 he got the honour to serve for the board of IMATA as 2nd Vice President.