Double board-certified equine specialist
Equine Sports medicine and Rehabilitation
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 is a 2003 graduate from the University of Ghent, Belgium. Since then, he has focused his veterinary career on equine sports medicine and rehabilitation working with thoroughbred racehorses, trotters, sport horses and quarter horses in different countries. In 2018 he started his own practice “Global Equine Veterinary Consulting”, providing worldwide (USA, China, Europe) veterinary services and consulting in the field of integrated equine sports medicine and rehabilitation (Equine Sports Physiatry), lameness, prepurchase examination and diagnostic imaging.
Prior to this, Dr. Halsberghe worked in a mixed animal practice in the UK (2004-2005) and pursuit his equine career in the USA, first working in a thoroughbred racetrack practice (2005-2009), and later in an equine sports medicine clinic (2009-2018). He served as a clinical assistant professor at the Western University of Health Science, in California, USA, from 2014 till 2019, and has authored a book chapter and several peer-reviewed publications.
Over the years he received several post-graduate diplomas and certifications expanding his knowledge in integrated sports medicine, training and rehabilitation.
Dr. Halsberghe is a double board-certified equine specialist in Equine Practice (since 2017) and Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (since 2021). He is also a certified member of the international society of equine locomotor pathology (I.S.E.L.P.) and holds certifications in veterinary medical acupuncture, veterinary spinal manipulative therapy, equine rehabilitation and kinesio taping.
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.