Ronel Van Der Sijde


Sport Scientist & Animal Physical Rehab Therapist, Equine Craniosacral Therapist

Ronel van der Sijde worked as an equine physical and rehabilitation therapist since 1990.
She studied Sport Science at the University of Pretoria and after that worked on rehabilitation of human sports injuries. She did a variety of post graduate training in animal physiotherapy but very soon focused on equines as her greatest interest. Especially therapy, conditioning and maintenance of sport horses.

Ronel founded Equine-Librium in 2007 and was instrumental in building it up to what it is today. Currently Ronel is the CEO of Equine-Librium and spends her time taking part in all the different facets of Equine-Librium, helping to develop and grow the industry.

Ronel: “It is an honor to be part of a team who not only have phenomenal qualifications and experience, but shares a passion for animals and students!

A team with an insatiable hunger to keep learning as much as possible.

A team fascinated with young minds and committed to teach and shape these minds.

A team committed to make a positive difference by training professionals for the future.”

Ronel lives in Plettenberg Bay with her husband, three rescue dogs and a Border collie, seven rescue cats and four of her own horses plus more or less fifty other horses. All loved and adored to bits!

Marinette Teeling

Principal, Lecturer, Veterinary Physiotherapist

BSc Physiotherapy, MSAnimST (Animal Physiotherapy), Cert CN

Marinette Teeling completed her human physiotherapy degree at Stellenbosch. Whilst working abroad she started and completed her MS degree in animal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, Australia. She had a busy animal practise in Cape Town and served on the APGSA committee for a several years managing the Education portfolio.

She loves lecturing which explains her enthusiasm when asked to serve at Equine-Librium College in 2012. In her words: “we want to qualify veterinary physiotherapists with a superb understanding of the animals they treat and a sound set of practical treatment skills, to ensure the profession’s name is held high and to show the true benefit of physiotherapy in the animal field”. She has lectured at various Veterinary Congresses in South Africa and internationally. She enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband, daughter and 5 dogs. Her other passion is working and showing her Golden Retrievers and Irish Setters.

Prof Sybrand van den Berg

Outgoing Principal, Lecturer, Veterinarian


BVSc, BVSc (hons), MMedVet (Surgery & Radiology), DVSc

Professor Sybrand vd Berg obtained his degree in Veterinary Science in 1969 where after he completed his BVSc(Hon) in 1981, MMedVet(Surg) in 1983, MMedVet(Rad) in 1895 and finally his DVSc in 1996 at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort.

After graduation, Prof Sybrand spent some time in private practice, where he enjoyed the challenges presented to him. He then returned to Onderstepoort where he became a senior lecturer and later head of the Department of Surgery. After a well accomplished career in the educational field of Veterinary Science, he returned to private practice for a few years. In 2012 Pof Sybrand became the principal of Equine-Librium College where he still plays an integral part in the lecturing of students. Prof Sybrand has a passion for carrying over knowledge and moulding young minds.

During his career, Prof Sybrand served on various positions of different professional bodies, namely the SAVC, SAVA, Equine Practitioners Group of SA and the South African Farrier’s Association. He also took part in the writing of various publications.

Dr. Tomas Ovendale

Vice Principal, Lecturer, Veterinarian


Dr Tom graduated from Onderstepoort in 2009 where he studied Veterinary Science. After that he spent some time working at an equine hospital in Natal. Dr Tom Joined the Equine-Librium Team in 2016 as a lecturer and veterinarian.

Currently Dr Tom is the vice principle at Equine-Librium where he spends his time moulding young minds and running a lameness clinic on the College grounds.

Veterinary Therapy Clinics
Lameness Clinics
Stables and Livery

BSc Veterinary Physiotherapy

BSc Veterinary Physiotherapy