Doctor Stefan Cokelaere originates from Belgium and graduated from vet school at the University of Ghent in 2001. After his study, he did multiple externships abroad including in London, Ontario (Canada), Newmarket (United Kingdom) and in Ohio (United States of America). Furthermore, Stefan completed a year long internship at the Veterinary Clinic de Bosdreef in Moerbeke-Waas (Belgium). From 2002-2005, Stefan completed a large animal surgical residency at the University of Ghent. In 2007, he received his diploma as European Specialist Surgery (Diplomate ECVS – European College of Veterinary Surgeons). After his residency, Stefan worked for 2 years as a specialist in surgery and orthopedics at Veterinary Clinic De Morette (Asse, Belgium) and at Veterinary Clinic de Bosdreef (Moerbeke-Waas, Belgium). In 2008, Stefan moved to the Netherlands and worked there for more than 10 years at the University Clinic for Horses at the University of Utrecht. There Stefan was a senior surgeon in the surgery department and he was responsible for equine surgery and orthopedics. His main interest lies in orthopedics (lameness and vertebral column problems), sports medicine, rehabilitation and orthopedic surgery. After training for 2 years, Stefan received the FES (Focus on the Equine Spine) diploma for equine chiropractics in 2010. In 2016, Stefan also received board certification for the American sports medicine and rehabilitation (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitaiton). Stefan wrote several scientific articles and is currently finalizing his Doctoral thesis regarding new surgical and medical treatments of joints. Starting November 1st, 2018, Stefan is working at SMDC (Sporthorse Medical Diagnostic Centre).