Dr. Bart Halsberghe grew up among horses in Flanders, Belgium. He participated in dressage, jumping and eventing competitions from childhood to a young adult, and was particularly engaged in the training of young horses. He was also a competitive triathlete in his early twenties, eventually competing in one of the toughest one-day competition in sports, “the Ironman”.
Dr. Bart Halsberghe attended vet school in his native Belgium at the University of Ghent where he graduated with distinction in 2003. During his veterinary education, he pursued the equine track and got particularly interested in sports medicine.
Upon graduation, Dr. Bart Halsberghe moved abroad to broaden his horizons and pursue an equine veterinary career. After one year living and working in the United Kingdom, he relocated to the United States where he joined a thoroughbred racehorse practice serving the racetracks in Louisiana, Kentucky and Arkansas. There, he worked under the watchful eye of some top veterinarians in the industry and developed a great knowledge in lameness, respiratory problems, exercise physiology (training) and nutrition.
After almost four years working in the thoroughbred racing industry, Dr. Bart Halsberghe joined Peninsula Equine Medical Center, one of the main equine sports medicine and referral facilities in California. There he further developed his skills in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation working with a wide variety of horses within their respective disciplines (show jumping, dressage, eventing, endurance, reining, western pleasure, polo).
In 2018, Dr. Bart Halsberghe moved back to Flanders, Belgium to start his own private equine practice ‘Global Equine Veterinary Consulting’, providing veterinary services and consulting focusing on equine sports physiatry, lameness and diagnostic imaging, and pre-purchase/pre-sale examinations.
Shortly after its inception, Dr. Bart Halsberghe has been involved in the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), an association focused on lameness problems in the equine athlete, in particular, the diagnose of musculoskeletal injuries with ultrasound. Dr. Bart became the first veterinarian in Belgium to receive the international recognized ISELP certification in 2012.
In 2017, Dr. Bart completed a specialty training program in the clinical practice of the horse, as it pertains to the care of the total patient and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine Practice).
Under the motto ‘Never stop learning’, Dr. Bart has expanded his knowledge over the years through several certification and continuing education programs mainly in the field of complementary & alternative medicine, rehabilitation and straightness training. He is currently certified in veterinary medical acupuncture (cVMA), veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (cVSMT), equine rehabilitation (CERT) and kinesio taping (CKPT-E).
Dr. Bart is also an FEI permitted treating veterinarian, so he can treat the competitive athletes in a safe and responsible way at the highest level.
Dr. Bart Halsberghe, not only loves learning but also teaching. He feels that sharing knowledge and new ideas is important for the progression of veterinary medicine and the health and welfare of the horse. He has been an assistant professor at the college of veterinary medicine, Western University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, California, since 2014. There he shares his clinical skills and knowledge with veterinary students. He also travels worldwide instructing other veterinarians in imaging techniques and lameness diagnostics.
Dr. Bart Halsberghe has published several research articles on complementary and alternative veterinary medicine, underlining his commitment to supporting evidence-based veterinary medicine.
Passion-driven, he combines all this knowledge and experience to pioneer a new branch in veterinary medicine called ‘equine sports physiatry’, emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and fascia in the equine athlete. Equine sports physiatry is unique among veterinary medicine in that its area of expertise is the functioning of the whole patient (holistic patient-centered care) aiming to relieve pain, enhance and restore functional ability, and improve quality of life, which give rise to optimal performance and health.
In his spare time, when Dr. Bart is not thinking about horses, he enjoys the company of his lovely wife and two daughters.