An innovative veterinary facility where horses and their owners are always the center of attention
Besides the care for your horse, we highly value a correct and transparent communication with our clients and referring veterinarians.
The best choice of treatment
Our team consists of a specialist equine surgeon (Diplomate ECVS), a specialist in internal medicine (Diplomate ECEIM) and several experienced equine veterinarians. While we offer specialist knowledge and advanced practical skills together with up-to-date scientific insights we do not underestimate the importance of a good clinical examination and excellent communication to provide you with our honest opinion on the best choice of treatment for your horse.
For this purpose, we have designed a modern and well-equipped facility to provide the best possible care for your beloved horse.
The clinic is easily accessible, right at the exit Acy-Romance of the highway A34 between Reims and Charleville-Mezières. This location is favorable both for emergencies in need of urgent care as well as for our ambulatory practice.
In the nearby city of Rethel there are multiple hotels and restaurants available, in case you would like to stay close to your hospitalized horse.
All of the members of our team have a specific and compatible profile. We are all passionate about equine veterinary medicine and the equestrian world. Our team consists of an equine surgeon (Diplomate ECVS), a specialist in internal medicine (Diplomate ECEIM), and several experienced equine veterinarians.
All members of our team, whether it are veterinarians, assistants, students, secretaries, grooms or stables boys, are part of the equestrian world and make an effort to understand and attend to your worries and needs.
Thomas van Bergen
DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECVS
European Specialist in Equine Surgery
Co-founder and owner
Thomas van Bergen graduated from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2005. After graduation he immediately joined Jean Luc Fraipont at his large animal practice in Chéméry-sur-Bar, where he worked for 4 years. In 2009, in search of a more equine orientated position, he moved to Switzerland where he worked for 2 years with the renowned equine orthopedist Dr. H.G. Stihl. In 2012 Thomas returned to Ghent University to complete a European residency program in equine surgery under the supervision of Prof. Martens. In 2016 he passed the European board certifying exam and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (Diplomate ECVS). His research in the field of equine laparoscopy resulted in several scientific publications in international journals and in 2018 Thomas obtained a PhD in veterinary medicine. In the spring of 2019, after 7 years at Ghent University, Thomas decided to found a new private equine clinic in the north of France together with Jean Luc Fraipont.
Ambulatory practice/Orthopedics/Pre-purchase examinations
Jean Luc Fraipont graduated from the university of Liège (Belgium) in 1985. Over several years, he built a large equine clientele in the region of Champagne Ardennes. In 2019, he decided to found Equine Clinic Acy-Romance together with Thomas van Bergen. Jean Luc is responsible for the ambulatory practice and with his fully equipped car he is the attending veterinarian at numerous equine facilities.
Barbara Broux graduated from Ghent University in 2010. After her studies she immediately started a one-year internship (orientation internal medicine) at the equine clinic of the same university, which was followed by an European residency in Equine Internal Medicine under supervision of Prof. Gunther van Loon. While at Ghent University, under the impulse of Prof van Loon, Barbara performed research in equine cardiology, which resulted in numerous publications in international journals and a PhD title in 2017. In 2019 Barbara passed the European board certifying exam and became a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (Diplomate ECEIM). After 9 years at Ghent University Barbara decided to join the team of the Equine Clinic Acy-Romance in the spring of 2019.
Emmanuelle Swales graduated from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 2012. After her studies she immediately started a one-year internship (orientation surgery/medical imaging) at the equine clinic of Ghent University.
In 2013 Emmanuelle joined Jean Luc Fraipont in his equine clinic and together they developed a large equine clientele in the region of Champagne Ardennes. Emmanuelle joined the Equine Clinic Acy-Romance in 2019 where she is mainly involved in the ambulatory practice and reproduction.
Anneleen Michielsen graduated from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2015. After her studies she immediately started a one-year internship (orientation surgery/medical imaging) at Ghent University. After this internship she started an European residency program in veterinary anaesthesia (European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia ECVAA) under the supervision of Dr. Stijn Schauvliege and Prof. Frank Gasthuys. Anneleen joined the Equine Clinic Acy-Romance in 2020 and is responsible for all anaesthetic procedures. She is in the final stages of preparation to sit the examination to become a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2021. Anneleen is a passionate horse rider with an international reputation in dressage.
Jessica Meline graduated from the University of Nantes (France) in 2017. After her studies she completed a one-year internship at Nantes University. Afterwards she stayed an additional year in Nantes to gain additional experience in surgery and anesthesia. She joined the Equine Clinic of Acy-Romance in October 2019 and is part of our ambulatory team.