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.

Dr. Bronwyn Desfontaines

Lecturer, Veterinarian

BSc, BVSc, MSc 

Dr Bronwyn graduated from Onderstepoort with a veterinary degree in 2011 and elected to remain at the academic institute and complete an internship in equine medicine and surgery in combination with her masters degree. 

An equine private practice in Natal has occupied the majority of her time since 2013 until joining Equine-Librium in 2022 as a lecturer and veterinarian for the lameness clinic. It is a privilege to be able to be a part of the academic program producing veterinary physiotherapists- which are filling a crucial role in the field of animal rehabilitation and improving quality of life. 

The sport of Eventing has always captured her as she continues to compete in this thrilling sport. Dr Bronwyn enjoys time off with her husband and their menagerie of animals in the general outdoors. 

Amy Louw

Lecturer, Veterinary Physiotherapist

Amy graduated from UCT with an honours degree in Human Physiotherapy in 2006. She always knew she wanted to go into the field of animal physiotherapy and did every available post graduate course through the Animal Physiotherapy Group of South Africa. In 2010 she completed her Equine APDL 2 through the APGSA and started her own equine practice in KwaZulu Natal, where she saw a wide range of equine patients. She continued to work in the human field and was therefore able to treat both horse and rider. In 2013 she moved to Cape Town to complete a business diploma through the UCT GSB, she continued to treat animals in her spare time. In 2015 Amy completed further training in canine physiotherapy, through a program called PACE, and started to work for Pet Wellness Worx. She gained valuable hands on experience at PWW in all areas of canine rehabilitation. In 2017 Amy became a member of the lecture staff at Equine-Librium college, teaching theoretical and practical components of the veterinary physiotherapy curriculum. She continues to see patients in the Equine-Librium clinic.

She is extremely passionate about the veterinary rehabilitation field and is constantly striving to improve her skills and knowledge.

Amy lives in Plettenberg Bay with her husband, son, and two rescues, Harvey and Rogue. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and in nature.

Veterinary Physioherapy Clinics
Lameness Clinics
Stables and Livery

BSc Veterinary Physiotherapy

BSc Veterinary Physiotherapy