DEPARTMENT HEADS

PROFESSOR SYBRAND VAN DEN BERG – Principal / Specialist Veterinary Surgeon qualified as a veterinarian in 1968. After 8 years in private practice he followed an academic career for 30 yrs. During this time he qualified as a specialist surgeon and specialist radiologist as well as a doctor in veterinary science. Prof. Sybrand van den Berg provides specialist referral veterinary consultations, procedures and surgeries for equine practitioners countrywide at the facilities and premises of the referring vet. Being a specialist surgeon as well as specialist radiologist he covers a wide spectrum of surgical and musculoskeletal problems from colic to lameness in horses with a special interest in podiatry and hoof care. Prof. Van den Berg gives specialist lectures to vets and practical lectures to students at Equine-librium.

  • BVS degree in 1969
  • Specialist degree in surgery in 1983
  • Specialist degree in radiology in 1985
  • DVSc in 1995
  • Served on the SA Veterinary Council from 1992-2007, president the last 3 years of his term of office
  • Stalwart of the Equines Practitioners Group (now the SAEVA) and was president for several years as well as having organized numerous EPG congresses over the years. Received the EPG merit award in 1998
  • Spirit of the SAEVA award in 2006
  • Received the SAVA Clinical and President’s awards as well as Honorary Life President award in 2000
  • Retired as Head of the Department of Surgery at the Faculty of Veterinary Science in 1999

Professor Sybrand has a special interest in podiatry (hoof conditions, hoof balance and shoeing) and is a sought after speaker on equines matters by veterinarians as well as farriers and lay public.

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MARINETTE TEELING – Vice Principal / Physiotherapist completed her human physiotherapy degree at Stellenbosch University after which she completed her MS degree in animal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, Australia. Since then she has been running a busy animal practise in Cape Town. She served on the APGSA committee for a few years and managed the Education portfolio. She loves lecturing which explains her enthusiasm when asked to serve at Equine-librium. Marinette loves her 4 golden retrievers and irish setter and is very involved in showing, agility and field trials with them. Her role at Equine-librium includes supervising a high standard of therapy, theoretical and practical. In her words: “we want to qualify veterinary therapists with a superb understanding of the animals they treat and a sound set of practical treatment skills, to ensure the professions name is held high and to show the true benefit of therapy in the animal field.”

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physiotherapy – Stellenbosch
  • MSAnimST- Animal Physiotherapy – Australia
  • Certificate Canine Nutrition – Companion Animal Science Institute

Additional Training:

  • Symposium IAVRPT
  • Accredited Advanced Canine Physiotherapy course with Laurie Edge Hughes, Canada
  • Involved in developing Puppy Training programmes

Lecturing:

  • Speaker at Western Cape mini veterinary Congress 2008
  • Speaker at Breeders day at Veterinary clinic 2008
  • Expo at National Dog Agility competition 2008
  • Equine Level II Animal Physiotherapy Course, SASP, 2009 -2010 (South African Society of Physiotherapy)
  • Lecturing – 3 Module dog course for dog owners: Anatomy, Common musculoskeletal disorders and basic massage and stretching 2009 – Locally and internationally
  • Speaker at various Veterinary Congresses 2011-2014
  • Speaker at in Vienna IAVPRT 2011

Governing Bodies:

  • Education portfolio APGSA 2010 and 2011
  • Chairperson Work group

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RONEL VAN DER SIJDE started pulling together the team that now makes up Equine-Librium in November 2007 she had a dream… to present ANIMALS with comprehensive, professional, holistic and effective physical therapy as well as sport specific rehabilitation.

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Ronel is the Managing Director of Equine-Librium College, Clinic, Stables and “Bitz-N-Piezes” shop. She is the facilitator as well as a therapist. Ronel studied at the University of Pretoria. She represented and captained South Africa as a pent athlete. She also achieved provincial colors in swimming, bi-athlon, tennis and hockey. Her lifelong love of sport led her to become a sport scientist. After working in human rehabilitation for years she started specializing in rehabilitation of sports injuries in Equine athletes. Ronel went on to do two post graduate diplomas in  Animal Physical Therapy. Ronel had the great opportunity to work on Equine cases at the O P Equine Clinic. She learned endlessly from phenomenal veterinary doctors in the equine field. This was her optimal ‘in-work-learning’ experience. Her experiences at the O P Equine Clinic lead to her strong belief in continuous tutoring of therapy students in practical sessions working on animals on a daily basis.

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MADELEINE ENGSTIG – Physiotherapist and full-time Lecturer is driven by a passion for animals and veterinary physiotherapy. This passion made her move from Sweden to South Africa when she got the opportunity to teach Veterinary Physiotherapy at Equine-Librium College. She has been working in veterinary care and physiotherapy for a long time, and been in charge of the busy Rehabilitation Centre of Lunds Djursjukhus, Sweden, a large canine and feline veterinary hospital. She also has experience in equine training, competition and rehabilitation. She completed her human physiotherapy degree at Lunds University in Sweden, and is also a licenced Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Physiotherapist with approval from the Department of Agriculture in Sweden. She is always eager to learn new things and has attended a number of various educations, courses and congresses in Sweden, Austria and Italy. Some of her favourite activities are photography, hiking, scuba diving and skydiving but the greatest interest of all is to travel. She has been travelling around the world and some of the longer trips were even on a motorbike. A new base in South Africa gives her the opportunity to explore more of a beautiful part of the world!

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physiotherapy – Lund University, Sweden
  • Approved Veterinary Physiotherapist – Department of Agriculture, Sweden
  • Approved Veterinary Technician – Department of Agriculture, Sweden
  • Acupuncture