About Iris van Gulik

In 2008 I graduated in Utrecht (The Netherlands) as an Equine Veterinarian, which means that I have been an equine veterinarian for 15 years. During my studies and afterwards I gained a lot of experience in the largest horse clinics in the Netherlands, America and New Zealand. I’ve been working as a 100% equine vet since graduating. I mainly work at the clinic and see many second-line patients referred by fellow veterinarians.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with colleagues and owners. In order to achieve the most optimal treatment of the horse together. That is why I have created several online courses, including a foal course which is currently translated into English, so that together we can ensure that you know exactly what to do.

Equine Vet Iris van Gulik

My mission:

As a vet I see many problems that could have been prevented or would have been less serious if the owner had more knowledge about the health of his horse. Equipping yourself with the right knowledge can enable you as an owner to promptly identify symptoms and consequently take appropriate measures or seek veterinary assistance, thereby facilitating timely intervention for your horse’s welfare.

My mission is to improve the health knowledge of horse owners and thus increase the health and well-being of horses.

Iris van Gulik Equine Vet

As an equine veterinarian, I am specialized in:

  • Foal care
  • Internal medicine (cough, ulcers, colic, etc.)
  • Eye problems
  • Wound treatment
  • Skin problems
  • Reproduction (embryo transplant, problem mares)
  • Preventive care
  • Nutritional advice
  • Back problems
  • Tendon problems




I like to help improve the health knowledge of horse owners, that’s why I share daily tips and practical information for you as a horse owner. Follow me @equinevet_iris.

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I live with my partner Bert, who is a veterinarian specializing in cattle, along with my two daughters, Sophie and Lotte, on our hobby farm in Haarle.

Our farm is home to many animals, including three Icelandic horses, namely Thor, Ragga, and Ragnar Ragga’s colt. I love exploring the woods on horseback.

As an owner of three horses, I understand the challenges that come with encountering health issues, not just from a veterinarian’s perspective. Unfortunately, Jupiter, one of our horses, has passed away at the age of 29 due to his deteriorating dental health and asthma, which made him sensitive to dust. Jupiter also had PPID, but it was under control with medication. Thor, on the other hand, has insulin resistance, which makes him vulnerable to laminitis, so it’s crucial to manage his condition optimally to maintain his good health. Ragga is pregnant again and of course I’m also nervous as the foaling begins.



In my blogs I share tips and practical information about the health of your mare and foal. You get a glimpse into my life as an equine veterinarian. If you have any questions feel free to ask them!

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