Our vision

Helping performance horses to fulfill their athletic potential in a comprehensive manner, while maximizing their welfare and quality of life  

Mission statement

Becoming a pioneering center in equine care, committed to excellence, advanced medicine, science and research in the field of performance horses. 

The team at HPCV is in continues collaboration with leading world centers, conducting mutual training and research. While leading the most advanced medical care center in Israel, we wish to bring the scientific breakthrough that will take place in future. 

Horse Power Veterinary Center

We are currently the only private horse-operating facility in Israel, providing a vast range of on-site equipment for elective, orthopedic, emergency surgeries and hospitalization.

HPVC provides the only alternative solution to surgical and lameness complaints away from the university hospitals.  

The Horse Power Veterinary Center has the most up-to-date array of facilities on site:

  • Large operating room
  • Surgical preparation room
  • Two fully padded recovery cells 
  • Hard, soft and deep surface examination areas destined for lameness diagnosis
  • Grass meadows 
  • Treadmill with a diameter of 18 meters, specially padded for inpatient horses and rehabilitation programs.

The HPVC was built while maintaining the world's highest standards of hygiene and disinfection at the best possible operational and clinical flow to minimize the dangers posed to the horse during hospitalization, preparation and surgery.

services:

Sports medicine

Equine sports medicine incorporates advanced diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation methods while maintaining animal welfare, and provides the horse and the ability to perform at the ideal physical state.
Horse power veterinary center (HPVC) offers intense medical support to the athletic horse throughout his life, from birth, growth, to maturation and integration into the world of sports and competitions.

Lameness exam

The role of the lameness exam is to identify movement asymmetry that results from pain. To do so, we combine in-depth anatomical knowledge with observation, palpation and flexion tests (which vary for several seconds, and their role is to only increase the pressure on the selected joint).
The next step in the lameness examination is localized anesthesia to identify the location of the pain and decide on a further diagnosis.
With hard-to-diagnose lameness, we use the EquiGait system developed at London Royal College, which consists special sensors that analyze the horse’s movement.
The final stage of lameness testing is the use of X-ray or ultrasound imaging. Only then, after a complete evaluation of the horse’s physical state and needs, a decision regarding the horse’s medical treatment will be taken.

performance appraisal

At HPVC we are often called to assist and advise when the horse’s preferences and abilities seem to deteriorate, but before an actual lameness appears. Together with the horse’s trainer and rider, we can understand whether this is a medical, behavioral or genetic problem, or an incorrect training routine.

Advanced diagnostics

X-rays

The use of X-rays is essential in diagnosing movement disorders, identifying deficiencies and potential weaknesses in purchase tests, identifying foreign bodies, guiding intra-articular injections and more. The advantages of digital X-ray are great image quality, along with mobility and the possibility of getting an immediate answer. While X-ray devices vary in their quality, our device is considered the gold standard in the world of equine radiology.

Ultrasound

Ultrasonography is used to examine the body's soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, muscles and abdominal and thoracic organs. An additional use to a US imaging is a US guided injection, which we use for medical procedures such as a knee joint (stifle) injection or regional anesthesia to the tibial nerve.

Arthroscopy

HPCV is the only private centers in Israel where horse arthroscopy is performed. This is a minimal-invasive surgical procedure performed for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, where a camera is inserted into the horse's joints to complete the diagnosis of X-ray or US findings, and for local definitive treatment.

Innovative sports treatments done at HPVC

  • Regenerative treatments such as PRP (Enriched Plasma), Stem Cells and Innovative Injectional Biological Materials.


  • Mesotherapy

A localized treatment to the mesoderm, a layer that lies beneath the skin and separates it from underlying tissues. With the help of a special needle-free gun or by direct injection with tiny needles, we insert a mixture of substances into the subcutaneous layer in order to treat wounds, deep regional and superficial pain.

  • Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a liquid nitrogen treatment used with a special pressure gun or copper heads.

By using nitrogen gas, we utilize the low temperature to change the condition of the damaged tissue. For example, for splint (bone attachment) when continuing to grow and produce pain, cryotherapy is one of the most effective.

  • Shockwave wave therapy

A well-known and widely used treatment in human sports medicine. At present we are aware of the great ability of shock wave therapy to be very effective in some common pathologies, such as injury to the origin of the suspender ligament, general injury to the ligaments and neck and back problems.

Today, there are two main types of shockwave devices- focalized shockwave and radial shockwave. HPVC has both devices.

While there are several companies manufacturing these devices, most of them not proven to be effective, and only few companies have received FDA (US Federal Drug Association) approval. Our device is FDA approved. 

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  • Diode laser class 4 is a regenerative and surgical laser.

• Regenerative medicine – Arthrex Vet System (IRAP), ACP.

Rehabilitation

Today, rehabilitation in sports medicine has taken on a new meaning. There is a common understanding of horse owners and trainers about the need and importance of a meticulous rehabilitation program after injuries. Today, our ability to respond to and monitor time and quality of rehabilitation has grown and expanded by the combination of complementary medicine and advanced equipment.

The goal of rehabilitation is to improve the quality of recovery and reduce the percentage of recurrence of injury, using our extensive statistical knowledge and experience.

Dr. Felicitas Paebst who is an integral part of the team specializes in this field.

Pre-purchase examination

The purchase test is designed to match both the horse's health condition and the buyer's needs. At HPVC we have gained a great deal of experience in carrying out purchase tests, including international experience, and with the most advanced equipment and equipment in the world.

The exam includes physical examination, motion test, and according to the client's requirement will or will not include X-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy and blood tests.

HPVC also assists in purchasing horses overseas, while using an extensive connections network of veterinarians from almost anywhere around the world.

We review X-rays and request additional photographs or corrections if needed.

*You can request a letter of intent for us to buy a horse overseas containing important tips we learned about our meats for purchasing horses abroad*

As with any medical examination or treatment, the purchase tests performed and documented under full discretion.

The client is handed a full test form explaining what has been done in the examination, and which includes photos of the horse for identification and comparison purposes and a disc-on key with a copy of the X-ray and ultrasound if done.

Diagnosis of behavioral changes in sport horses

If your competing horse does not fulfil its potential due to behavioral problems, we will help you detect if these phenomena are related to changes in the reproductive system, or to other behavioral or medical problems. After diagnosing the root of the behavioral difficulties, and we can offer the appropriate treatment to bring your horse back to her maximal abilities.

Operating theater

The Horse Power Veterinary Center (HPVC) offers a well-equipped operating facility built especially for equine surgery, including two dropping and recovery rooms, a special horse-adapted bed and advanced surgical equipment. 

After surgery, the horses remain in a soft recovery room attached to the operating room.

The operating room is managed by Dr. Ram Zveibil who performs micro-invasive surgeries, orthopedic elective surgeries and emergency surgeries.

At our center your horses will be accompanied by our well-trained staff and under personal care all the way, from diagnosis, to the operating room and towards recovery.

Post-operative examinations are extremely important for good recovery. It’s agreed amongst all Equine experts in the world, the success of surgery is much higher with continued care and when surgeons follow-up their cases until full recovery.

Field and Internal medicine

The doctors in “Horsepower” veterinary center (HPVC) provide ambulatory services which include for example, vaccinations, dental care, fertility treatments and emergency care (colic, wounds, etc.)   

At the center it is possible to undergo laboratory tests such as blood tests, endoscopy tests, ultrasound and others in combination with possible admission if necessary, for treatment and additional diagnosis.

Reproduction

The goal of the   "Horsepower" veterinarian center (HPVC) is to enable the horse and its owners the best possible services for equine reproduction, from inception to birth, accompanying both the horse and its young.

In HPVC, we provide all services, including semen cryopreservation (sperm freezing) and storing, assisting with natural breeding and with fresh or chilled semen. In addition, our services include all that is needed for the fertilizing male.

In our center, we have full lab capacity, sperm collection, ultrasound devices and all equipment necessary for the management, diagnosis and treatment of your horse.

Our staff will carefully tailor a custom breeding program matching your mare's special needs. 

breeding soundness exam (BSE)

BSE is important for both purchasing and managing the mare’s general health and maintenance, since reproductive problems. BSE is performed on both mares and stallions several months before fertility season and can be incorporated into the purchase exam.

Artificial insemination with fresh/chilled semen

The average conception rate per cycle with fresh or cooled semen ranges from 60% to 90%, which means that most of the mare passes after one or two cycles.

Artificial insemination with frozen semen

The average conception rate per cycle when using frozen semen of excellent quality is 30-50%. This means that it usually takes 2-3 cycles to achieve a pregnancy.

It is important to remember that the quality of the semen is one of the most important factors in achieving success. If the mare does not conceive after three inseminations, you should try frozen semen from a different stallion or use fresh/chilled semen.

Embryo transfer

  • Allows getting more than one foal from the same mare per year. 
  • Allows a sports horse to produce foals without harming the competition sequence. 
  • Allows you to get foals that are unable to bear due to injuries, infertility and more.

Arabian Horses

Over the past decade, Equine medicine have been steadily evolved. In contrast, the field of Arabian Horse Medicine had been progressed immensely to beyond recognition. In the past, fertility and general medicine were the main stem of this discipline. At present, our work had expanded vastly and focuses on three main areas; 

  • Orthopedic diagnosis and treatment at the Israeli amateur racing field (see Sports Medicine entry).
  • Morphological abnormalities in young foals – congenital (present at birth) problems and those that develop after birth are common conditions that are regularly treated at HVPC; 
    Regular follow-up examinations throughout the growth period of the foals are mandatory in order to improve and resolve variety of limb deviations and pathologies. 
  • Preparation of horses for shows – more and more high-performance horses are presented to us to be prepared for shows to reach the higher standards set by recent years.   

About

The Horse Power Veterinary Center (HPVC) is a private facility for equine sports and general equine medicine.

Our state-of-the-art elective surgery suit includes two dropping and recovery boxes, two intensive care stalls and six hospital boxes for day admissions.  Moreover, we have a fully equipped laboratory, a diagnostic and treatment room for sports injuries, grass pastures and 18-meter walker for inpatient and rehabilitation horses, hard, soft and deep surface examination pans, designated for lameness diagnosis. 

Our equine service does not stop at specialized sport medicine and diagnostic imaging.

Rehabilitation, internal medicine, reproduction, dental treatment, geriatrics, nutrition and neurology preventative medicine are all part of our ambulatory service.

We make sure our equipment is regularly updated and upgraded to the most advanced equipment found globally, using the best digital X-ray and the most advanced ultrasound to name a few.  

Thanks to this cutting edge equipment, together with our well-trained staff and our evidence based medicine philosophy, we at HPVC can operate with a 360-degree approach, from physical examination, to special tests for diagnosis that may lead to conservative, medical, surgical or other holistic therapy. 

Examples of special procedures performed at our center:

  • Standing sedated endoscopy 
  • arthroscopy examinations under full anesthesia
  • Complicated orthopedic examination using ‘EquiGait’- Groundbreaking in-house gate analysis (equigait.co.uk)
  • Screening tests for foals and adult horses, from initial diagnosis through complete treatment including surgical procedures, regeneration and rehabilitation.

HPVC is investing heavily to establish what would be the main stem to the future of equine sport medicine – Rehabilitation under the guide of Dr. Felicitas Paebst. 

Our philosophy is that the best results can only be achieved by integrating the trainer, rider, owner and the farrier in the rehabilitation of the horse. Thereby we put the horse and the result in center of focus. 

Our Rehabilitation Center uses advanced equipment such as multiple shock wave devices, stimulators, physiotherapy, and alternative medicine such as acupuncture.

Our doctors spend significant time each year, studying and training at other medical centers and teaching institutes abroad to make sure they are in the front court of global advancement of Equine Medicine.

We are currently the only private center in Israel that holds a fully equipped operating room for large animals, an inpatient facility and an orthopedic diagnostic center.

Our staff

Dr. Ram Zveibil

founder of Horse Power Veterinary Center (HPVC). Since Ram was six years old, he had always dreamt of becoming a “horse doctor”. At the age of thirteen, Ram was already raising and caring for horses at his parents’ farm in Nahariya, Israel. He completed his veterinary studies in Torino, Italy in 2003. 

During his studies he worked as an assistant for Dr. Massimo Corazzini in Pinerolo, Torino.  Dr. Corazzini’s clinic focused mainly on sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. After graduating, Dr. Zveibil started internship program in Corazzini clinic. Upon completion, Dr. Corazzini sponsored Ram’s fellowship at Hagyard Davidson McGee’s orthopedic department (Lexington, KY) and at the Oklahoma Equine Hospital. 

After completing his fellowships, Dr. Zveibil returned to Italy for an additional year. He traveled frequently to the United States, where he participated in continuing education courses, hands-on work-shops and clinics at Hagyard Davidson McGee, Oklahoma Equine Hospital and Equine Sports Medicine (mobile clinic that treats performance horses throughout the United States-www.equine-sportsmedicine.com).

Since 2006 Dr. Zveibil has centered most of his activity on treating performance horses, servicing Israel’s top level performance horse trainers. Dr. Zveibil is considered to be one of Israel’s leading experts in the field of equine sports medicine. Dr. Zveibil participates annually in specialized courses and hands-on workshops given in the United States (Arthoscopy at Colorado State University), France, Italy and England in the field of sports medicine and equine imaging ISELP. 

Dr. Zveibil’s main focus today is to treat performance horses in a comprehensive manner in order to maximize their wellbeing and quality of life and to help them fulfill their athletic potential.

Dr. Ram Zveibil

founder of Horse Power Veterinary Venter (HPVC). Since Ram was six years old, he had always dreamt of becoming a “horse doctor”. At the age of thirteen, Ram was already raising and caring for horses at his parents’ farm in Nahariya, Israel. He completed his veterinary studies in Torino, Italy in 2003. 

During his studies he worked as an assistant for Dr. Massimo Corazzini in Pinerolo, Torino.  Dr. Corazzini’s clinic focused mainly on sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. After graduating, Dr. Zveibil started internship program in Corazzini clinic. Upon completion, Dr. Corazzini sponsored Ram’s fellowship at Hagyard Davidson McGee’s orthopedic department (Lexington, KY) and at the Oklahoma Equine Hospital. 

After completing his fellowships, Dr. Zveibil returned to Italy for an additional year. He traveled frequently to the United States, where he participated in continuing education courses, hands-on work-shops and clinics at Hagyard Davidson McGee, Oklahoma Equine Hospital and Equine Sports Medicine (mobile clinic that treats performance horses throughout the United States-www.equine-sportsmedicine.com).

Since 2006 Dr. Zveibil has centered most of his activity on treating performance horses, servicing Israel’s top level performance horse trainers. Dr. Zveibil is considered to be one of Israel’s leading experts in the field of equine sports medicine. Dr. Zveibil participates annually in specialized courses and hands-on workshops given in the United States (Arthoscopy at Colorado State University), France, Italy and England in the field of sports medicine and equine imaging ISELP. 

Dr. Zveibil’s main focus today is to treat performance horses in a comprehensive manner in order to maximize their wellbeing and quality of life and to help them fulfill their athletic potential.

Dr. Felicitas Paebst

is born in Germany where she spent her childhood and youth in showjumping.

Soon it was clear that her dream was to become an equine veterinarian and she started driving around and working with her own vet to gain experience.

She studied veterinary medicine in Leipzig University, where she finished with honors. After her studies she pursued a doctoral degree in equine stem cell research and received a post graduate degree in regenerative veterinary medicine. Dr Paebst accomplished an internship in the Large Animal Clinic for Surgery before she relocated to Israel for her second internship in equine sports medicine at the Horse Power Veterinary Center.

Dr. Paebst is an associate veterinarian at HPVC. She is responsible for the dental treatments, reproduction and orthopedics, and co-founder of our rehabilitation center. 

Rehabilitation and preventative orthopedic treatments are her special interest and she is currently studying for her degree as a certified equine rehabilitation practitioner.

Dr. Felicitas Paebst

is born in Germany where she spent her childhood and youth in showjumping.

Soon it was clear that her dream was to become an equine veterinarian and she started driving around and working with her own vet to gain experience.

She studied veterinary medicine in Leipzig University, where she finished with honors. After her studies she pursued a doctoral degree in equine stem cell research and received a post graduate degree in regenerative veterinary medicine. Dr Paebst accomplished an internship in the Large Animal Clinic for Surgery before she relocated to Israel for her second internship in equine sports medicine at the Horse Power Veterinary Center.

Dr. Paebst is an associate veterinarian at HPVC. She is responsible for the dental treatments, reproduction and orthopedics, and co-founder of our rehabilitation center. 

Rehabilitation and preventative orthopedic treatments are her special interest and she is currently studying for her degree as a certified equine rehabilitation practitioner.

Dr. Dalit Zveibil

runs the Western Galilee Veterinary Center. 

From an early age, she had a passion and love for caring and raising animals. Upon completing her veterinary studies in Italy in 2001, she began working at a horse breeding center (Arcadia in northern Italy) and from there continued to work in several veterinary centers which focus on various specializations in pet medicine.

When she returned to Israel in 2006, she opened the veterinary center "Western Galilee", which she manages to date in collaboration with experts in various fields.

Throughout the years Dalit has been participating in courses, conferences, and labs in various fields of interest.

Apart from her activities in the clinic, she is engaged in education and training of children and youth about veterinary medicine.

In our center, Dalit performs anesthesia in surgical procedures, a partner in the inpatient care of the hospitalized horses and in charge of the laboratory at the medical center.

Dr. Dalit Zveibil

runs the Western Galilee Veterinary Center. 

From an early age, she had a passion and love for caring and raising animals. Upon completing her veterinary studies in Italy in 2001, she began working at a horse breeding center (Arcadia in northern Italy) and from there continued to work in several veterinary centers which focus on various specializations in pet medicine.

When she returned to Israel in 2006, she opened the veterinary center "Western Galilee", which she manages to date in collaboration with experts in various fields.

Throughout the years Dalit has been participating in courses, conferences, and labs in various fields of interest.

Apart from her activities in the clinic, she is engaged in education and training of children and youth about veterinary medicine.

In our center, Dalit performs anesthesia in surgical procedures, a partner in the inpatient care of the hospitalized horses and in charge of the laboratory at the medical center.

Dr. Fabio Roberto Zveibil

 completed his medical degree and graduated in 1969 from the Federal University of Curitiba, Brasil. After a year’s internship Dr. Zveibil moved to Israel and began a residency program in anesthesia at Rambam Human Hospital, Haifa. He then worked in the hospital’s respiratory intensive care department and specialized in both general and respiratory intensive care.

Dr. Zveibil served as deputy chairman in the respiratory intensive care department and as a senior anesthesiologist at Rambam hospital.

In 1983 Dr. Zveibil founded the respiratory intensive care unit at the Western Galilee hospital in Nahariya, Israel.

Dr. Fabio Zveibil took part in the development of new and advanced respiratory instruments and co-authored numerous articles in the field.

Today Dr. Fabio Zveibil volunteers his time as medical advisor at “Horse Power” veterinarian center.

Anecdote:  Dr Zveibil, was an Officer in the Parana Province Army, in Brasil and during  the service completed his studies in Medicine. During Officers Academy Formation, part of his duties were Horseback riding as a Cavalry Officer.

Dr. Fabio Roberto Zveibil

 completed his medical degree and graduated in 1969 from the Federal University of Curitiba, Brasil. After a year’s internship Dr. Zveibil moved to Israel and began a residency program in anesthesia at Rambam Human Hospital, Haifa. He then worked in the hospital’s respiratory intensive care department and specialized in both general and respiratory intensive care.

Dr. Zveibil served as deputy chairman in the respiratory intensive care department and as a senior anesthesiologist at Rambam hospital.

In 1983 Dr. Zveibil founded the respiratory intensive care unit at the Western Galilee hospital in Nahariya, Israel.

Dr. Fabio Zveibil took part in the development of new and advanced respiratory instruments and co-authored numerous articles in the field.

Today Dr. Fabio Zveibil volunteers his time as medical advisor at “Horse Power” veterinarian center.

Anecdote:  Dr Zveibil, was an Officer in the Parana Province Army, in Brasil and during  the service completed his studies in Medicine. During Officers Academy Formation, part of his duties were Horseback riding as a Cavalry Officer.

Liat Guterman

married to Oron, and a mother to two daughters Maya and Rene, living in Shlomi in the western Galilee.

In the past Liat has been managing projects in different fields of industry, and today she is our office administrator at “Horse Power”.

Liat is also interested in natural pharmacy and cosmetics, and has her own pets which she has been caring and loving for years.

Liat Guterman

married to Oron, and a mother to two daughters Maya and Rene, living in Shlomi in the western Galilee.

In the past Liat has been managing projects in different fields of industry, and today she is our office administrator at “Horse Power”.

Liat is also interested in natural pharmacy and cosmetics, and has her own pets which she has been caring and loving for years.

Noam Castel

arriving from the sport of Western Riding, where she had trained horses and riders. She competed in raining, cutting and cow-horse professions. Noam continues to raise the horse she has competed with over the years.

After military service as an ‘active athlete’ and an office manager in the air force, she went on to pursue a bachelor's and a master's degree in biology, and today she studies to become a medical Doctor (MD).

Over the years, she has worked as an assistant in the field with Dr. Zveibil, and today she assists both Dr. Ram and Dalit as a veterinary technician.

Noam Castel

arriving from the sport of Western Riding, where she had trained horses and riders. She competed in raining, cutting and cow-horse professions. Noam continues to raise the horse she has competed with over the years.

After military service as an ‘active athlete’ and an office manager in the air force, she went on to pursue a bachelor's and a master's degree in biology, and today she studies to become a medical Doctor (MD).

Over the years, she has worked as an assistant in the field with Dr. Zveibil, and today she assists both Dr. Ram and Dalit as a veterinary technician.

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