Dr Machiel Ysebaert, a former intern at the Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC), published his research in Veterinary Surgery, a world-renowned scientific journal, and offers a new treatment approach to horses facing a rare skeletal condition

Dr Ysebaert was an intern at EVMC from 2019 to 2020 and took part in a 12-month post-graduate veterinary teaching programme dedicated to young veterinarians specialising in equine diagnostics and therapeutics. The programme saw six interns from Belgium, Pakistan, Portugal, France, and Qatar undertake the intense training.

New approach

Dr Ysebaert and the EVMC surgical team, led by Dr Florent David were presented with a rare case of a benign bone tumour interfering with the navicular bone, located close to the foot. The latest diagnostic imaging technologies were used to assess the foal and identify the clinical condition. Utilising advanced surgical techniques and equipment, the team was able to successfully remove, by arthroscopy, the bone and cartilage overgrowth using a new approach.

According to Dr David, they have been able to not only save the foal but to give it a better chance to have a completely normal life after surgery. He said that this is EVMC’s primary role. He said that their secondary role is to disseminate what they do best. Now, equine surgeons around the world, facing this same condition, should be able to offer their clients a surgical option leading to a fantastic outcome by accessing their research.

I want to say I am extremely proud of Dr Ysebaert for this achievement. He is a young, highly-focused and skilled veterinarian, full of energy and motivation.

He said that by setting high expectations in this internship programme, they were able to get the best out of their interns and project EVMC, Al Shaqab and Qatar Foundation onto the international scene.

Guiding our interns successfully through our rigorous internship programme produces world-class equine veterinarians who act as great ambassadors of EVMC abroad.

The one-year EVMC internships are offered annually where young veterinarians are provided with broad exposure to equine veterinary medicine. Interns rotate through different services, including anaesthesia, surgery, internal medicine, reproduction, sports medicine, and rehabilitation. A research project is assigned to each intern to be completed during the year. Since its creation two years ago, EVMC has received high international interest with more than 80 applications per year from all over the globe.

Dr Tatiana Vinardell, Head of Research and Education at EVMC, said this accomplishment positions EVMC in the international veterinary scene. She added that they are establishing themselves as leaders in the Middle East in terms of educational veterinary programmes with an integrative research aspect.

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