Viktor Szatmári was born and grew up in Hungary. He studied veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Science in Budapest, Hungary.
He got his DVM degree in 1995. Thereafter he worked as a clinician and researcher at the Small Animal Clinic of the Department & Clinic of Internal Medicine of the same University. His research topic was diagnostic Doppler ultrasonography of the canine abdominal blood vessels. In 1999 he moved to the Netherlands, where he was working on the same topic at the Division of Diagnostic Imaging of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. In 2004 he defended his PhD thesis with the title of Ultrasonography of portosystemic shunting in dogs; Doppler studies before, during and after surgery. Between 2003 and 2006 he followed a residency training program in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Cardiology of the ECVIM-CA at the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. In 2007 he became a Diplomat of the ECVIM-CA (Cardiology) and Faculty Staff Member and the Head of the 'Thorax' Unit (Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Medicine) at the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. Since 2008 he has been program director and resident advisor of the ECVIM-CA (Cardiology) residency training program at the same institution. He has twice weekly receiving days for dogs and cats with cardio-pulmonary disorders and once a week he performs interventions, such as transcatheter PDA embolization, balloon valvuloplasty, pacemaker implantation and bronchoscopy.