Dr. Rob van Wessum, a native of the Netherlands, received his veterinary degree from Utrecht University in 1991. He spent the next five years as an equine practitioner in a private practice in Weesp.
In 1996, Dr. van Wessum began his own equine lameness clinic specializing in in-depth diagnostics for lameness, sports medicine, and pre-purchase examinations. In 1996, he was also appointed to the Department of Equine Internal Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, where he performed research in sports medicine and electromyography. In 1999 he became a Certified Practitioner (Equine) of the KNMvD. From 1991 to 2003, he additionally served as the veterinarian for the Canine and Mounted Division of the Police Department of Amsterdam. In 2003, he was appointed as the first director of the Animal Science Center of the Dutch National Police Agency, at the Mounted and Tracker Dog Division. Some of his responsibilities included animal forensic cases and the management of all horses and dogs for the Dutch police and for all state events, such as the royal wedding of Prince William-Alexander and Princess Maxima.
In 2005 he was appointed at MSU as the Lameness and Sports Medicine Expert at the McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University and became a faculty member of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Science of the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU. In the end of 2009 Dr van Wessum started his own sports medicine clinic in Mason, MI, just 7 miles South of East Lansing. In 2015 Dr van Wessum became board certified by ACVSMR.
Dr.van Wessum was a member of the veterinary committee of the CDI’s/CSI’s Jumping Amsterdam and Indoor Brabant from 1991 to 2004 and served as treating veterinarian on four World Cup Finals (two jumping and two dressage).
An accomplished trainer and rider, Dr. van Wessum has competed in the FEI classes in the Netherlands, Prix St. George, and Intermediare I. He is a Royal Dutch Horse Federation certified instructor and trainer and National Judge for all classes up to Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music. At the moment he has brought 5 horses in the US to FEI Small Tour and 1 horse to Grand Prix dressage, he works with his friend and fellow judge Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode, a 5* FEI judge from the Netherlands as his coach and trainer in the US.
To honor his background in law enforcement in the Netherlands, and service his community in the US now, Dr van Wessum is a deputy of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit.
He and his wife Kimberly, an ACVS diplomate, live on the farm in Mason and enjoy the life with horses in hobby and professional life.
Additional information about Dr. vanWessum is available at his website: www.equineallsports.com.
Dr vanWessum will present two different programs at the Michigan Horse Expo, one on classical dressage, the other on equine lameness and rehabilitation. Joe Blackburn, a well-known farrier, will assist on the lameness and rehabilitation seminars. The programs will take place:
- Friday, March 9
- Main Arena – 2:30-3:30 p.m., Classical Dressage Demo and Instruction
- Saturday, March 10
- Semimar Room A- 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Rehabilitation and Lameness with Joe Blackburn
- Saturday, March 10
- Seminar Room B – 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Rehabilitation and Lameness with Joe Blackburn