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Merger with SMDC - Sporthorse Medical Diagnostic Centre - in the Netherlands

02—10—2019 (Altano Gruppe) Merger with SMDC - Sporthorse Medical Diagnostic Centre - in the Netherlands

The Altano Gruppe continues to grow and will be represented internationally from October 2019. With the Sporthorse Medical Diagnostic Centre (SMDC) we have an excellent partner to lay the foundation for the international expansion of the group in the Netherlands. 

With Dr. Erik Bergman, Dr. Frans van Toor and their team we could win top veterinarians for the group. With over 30 years of experience in the veterinary care of sport horses, they founded the SMDC in 2015. With 5 veterinarians and 7 other employees, the centre works daily to improve multidisciplinary orthopaedic care. Correct diagnosis, a tailor-made treatment plan and optimal aftercare are the top priorities.

Specialized in sports medicine, the SMDC offers a wide range of services for the prevention and rehabilitation of diseases of the equine musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves). In addition to X-rays, ultrasonography, UTC and endoscopy, scintigraphy and MRI are also available in the field of diagnostics.

Dr. Erik Bergman: "The orthopaedic, diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities in combination with teamwork and experience lead to the best possible care for our patients. The Altano Gruppe supports us in this conviction and enables a highly qualified, professional exchange for the optimization of medical care".

Merger with Pferde- und Kleintierpraxis Team Jaenich in Empfingen

01—10—2019 (Altano Gruppe) Merger with Pferde- und Kleintierpraxis Team Jaenich in Empfingen

In the southwest of Germany, near the A 81 and the B 463, lies the Pferde- und Kleintierpraxis Team Jaenich in Empfingen, which we are pleased to welcome as the newest member of the Altano Gruppe. The practice was founded in 1994 by Dr. Ulrich Jaenich and Klaus Kimmich and has been managed by Dr. Jaenich since 2016. For optimal cooperation and networking in the region, the practice is now run as a branch of the Veterinary Centre for Horses in Kirchheim Altano GmbH.

With 18 employees, including 6 veterinarians, the care and support of the horses is guaranteed around the clock. From the well-equipped driving practice with X-ray, sonography and endoscopy to colic surgery, the practice offers a wide spectrum of veterinary services.

In the area of small animals, planned operations are performed in addition to daily care. Emergency care on weekends is provided in alternation with other practices.

The health and well-being of the animal are always at the forefront of every action. This principle of the Empfingen branch corresponds to the guiding principle of the Altano Gruppe and is continued by the Veterinary Centre for Horses in Kirchheim Altano GmbH.

Merger with the Destedt Horse Clinic

02—01—2019 (Altano Gruppe)

The Gut Destedt Horse Clinic in Lower Saxony is a new Altano member and serves customers in the greater Hanover area. Founded in 1997, the clinic has an operating theatre with modern equipment, a dental clinic, two treatment rooms and 10 horse stalls, one of which can be used as an insulating box. Managing Director Dr. Rüdiger Beier and his wife Dr. Monica Venner’s team consists of 16 employees, including 8 veterinarians and cares for approx. 3200 horses and 600 small animals per year. The clinic covers the entire spectrum of equine medicine in the mobile and inpatient care of the patient. Our own veterinarians offer treatments at the highest medical level in the fields of internal medicine, gynaecology, foal medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology and surgery. In addition, the clinic has a small animal practice, coordinated with a network of external specialists to ensure optimal care.

Managing Director Dr. Rüdiger Beier is pleased about the merger with the Altano Gruppe. "The Pferdeklinik Destedt GmbH is pleased to belong to the Altano Gruppe. We see the merger of horse clinics in the Altona Group as a good strategy to further improve the standard of professional competence in the future, to optimise the organisation in the administrative area and to guarantee a high degree of security for the employees. 

Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe, adds: "Due to the central location and the modern expansion of the clinic, all patients benefit from being part of the Altano network. This now consists of ten horse clinics and offers comprehensive professional care for the animals. I am very pleased about the collaboration with the successfully established horse clinic in Central Germany."

Merger with the Altforweiler Horse Clinic

16—12—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

The Altforweiler Horse Clinic in Saarland is a new Altano member located in the border triangle and serves customers from France, Luxembourg and Germany. Founded in 1993, the clinic has 29 stalls, an operating theatre, three treatment rooms, a dental clinic and a scintigraphy. Managing Director Dr. Andreas Rupp’s team consists of 21 employees, including 7 veterinarians, and treats approx. 2100 patients per year. The clinic covers the entire spectrum of equine medicine in the mobile and inpatient care of the patient. Three specialist veterinarians for horses and one ECVS graduate work at the highest medical level, specialising in orthopaedics, surgery and colic surgery. A highly utilised horse transporter enables the transport of patients to the Altforweiler Horse Clinic.

Managing Director Dr. Andreas Rupp is pleased about the merger with the Altano Gruppe: "The Pferdeklinik Altforweiler GmbH is also happy to now belong to the Altano Gruppe. With this merger, it is will be possible for us to work in a future-oriented way and to further expand our site. Through the assistance in the administrative area, we hope to have more freedom for our professional activity again and continued development as veterinarians. This will benefit our customers, our veterinarians and the whole Altano Gruppe. By cooperating with the individual specialists in the other Altano Gruppe clinics, we hope to achieve exciting things in the future." Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe, adds: "Due to its location in the Saarland, the clinic offers customers from France, Luxembourg and Germany the opportunity to be optimally cared for in a clinic within the Altano Gruppe. I am very pleased about the cooperation with the modern horse clinic, which enables optimal medical care of patients from my home country of Luxembourg."

Medical Board Meeting in Bavaria

26—11—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

On November 22 and 23, the Kirchberg Horse Clinic invited the members of the Medical Board and Medical Advisory Board to the 4th Medical Board Meeting with a subsequent tour of the Kirchberg Horse Clinic. Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe, presented the development of the Altano Gruppe. Last year, the Altano Gruppe grew into the leading horse clinic group in German-speaking countries. Dr. Baltus was particularly pleased with the very productive academic exchange within the group, which is supported by the regular meetings of the Medical Board. The use of synergy effects and the knowledge transfer within the group was demonstrated by the acquisition of an overground endoscope, which is available to the Altano Gruppe clinics. Central topics of the Medical Board Meeting were clinic documentation and personnel issues.

With regard to clinic documentation, the new procurement examination protocol developed by GPM, new X-ray guidelines and the optimised use of the EasyVet practice management software were presented. Mr. Thomas Fraedrich, founder and managing director of VetZ, explained, among other things, the advantages of the case system and the use of the findings forms and answered questions from the participants of the Medical Board.

To support the transfer of knowledge, the veterinarian Elisabeth Bank presented her diagnostic approach and many years of therapeutic experience with skin diseases of horses in a lecture on dermatology.

Employees of the Altano clinics benefit from the general GPM membership via the Altano Gruppe, a varied, discounted advanced training programme in the Altano clinics and regular online advanced training in the "Altano Club." The "Altano Club" started with a summary of the gynaecological, internal medicine and surgical-orthopaedic contents of this year's BEVA Congress and was enthusiastically received by the veterinarians of the Altano Gruppe. 26 TMFAs from the Altano Gruppe clinics were supported in their participation in advanced training for TMFA at the Foundation of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover at the beginning of November, which focused not only on gaining specialist knowledge but also on personal contact.

The introduction of the "Altano connect" exchange programme at all employee levels on a voluntary basis and the development of an Altano trainee programme to support specialist veterinarian training in the Altano Gruppe clinics are planned for 2019. In addition, the HR section of the Medical Board presented the biannual employee newspaper and the "Employees recruit employees" campaign.

The one-and-a-half day programme was concluded with the appointment of project teams to deal with specific issues and the presentation of the Altforweiler Horse Clinic as the newest member of the Altano Gruppe.

Equine Medicine Award 2018 for Dr. Elisa Dorrego-Keiter

21—11—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

During the Gerald F. Schusser Symposium in Baden-Baden held on 17-18 November 2018, Dr. Elisa Dorrego-Keiter from the Tierärztlichen Kompetenzzentrum Karthaus GmbH presented the results of her dissertation. For the outstanding publication titled "Long-term results of pars plana vitrectomy as a function of leptospiral antibody detection in the vitreous humour of 118 horses with Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU)", the specialist veterinarian for horses was awarded the PEM - Pferdeheilkunde - Equine Medicine Award 2018.

Medical Board Meeting in Bavaria

30—07—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

The members of the Medical Board and Steering Committees met on July 20 and 21, 2018, for the 3rd Medical Board Meeting followed by a summer party at the Gessertshausen Veterinary Clinic, the newest member of the Altano Gruppe. In the presentation of the Altano Vision by Dr. Baltus, Managing Director of the Altano Gruppe, it became clear that it is the declared goal of the clinic group to further advance the medical development of the individual clinics through the existing know-how and joint experience.

On the highly motivated team, which consists of 133 veterinarians and 354 employees, specialisation is to be promoted, with a focus on continuing and advanced education and training as well as knowledge transfer between clinics, universities and human medicine. The very constructive discussions between the representatives of the individual clinics on the topics of joint purchasing, uniform treatment contracts and marketing strategies focused on optimising the organisational, economic and forensic aspects of equine medicine. Technically intensive discussions were held in the different topic blocks on the Best Veterinary Practice. discussions were held. The exchange between the clinicians with different experiences in using bisphosphonates and the scientific background information of Professor Feige and Professor Lischer, who are consultants on the Steering Committee of the Medical Board, clarified the possibilities which the academic exchange offers for the optimisation of diagnostics and treatment possibilities.

During the brief presentation of the new Altano members by the managing directors of the Ankum Horse Clinic, the Partners Wehr Veterinary Clinic and the Gessertshausen Veterinary Clinic, regional differences in the composition of the customer base and the degree of specialisation became clear. During a guided tour of the Gessertshausen Veterinary Clinic, the members of the Medical Board experienced the complexity of the various animal species and the specialisation in the newly set up, perfectly planned dental station. On the second day of the Medical Board meeting, three project groups discussed the optimal equipment in a dental cart, the procedure for optimising X-ray technology in the Altano Gruppe and the improvement of communication within and outside the clinic group. In addition to the technical exchange, the participants of the 3rd Medical Board Meeting had the opportunity to ride together in the harvest wagon behind Dr. Fitzs Lanz’s tractor, to take part in numerous personal discussions on the sidelines of the Medical Board and the big summer party to mark the 30th anniversary of the Gessertshausen Veterinary Clinic. We are looking forward to the next Medical Board.

Merger with the Gessertshausen Veterinary Clinic

21—07—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

The newest Altano member is the Gessertshausen Veterinary Clinic, the largest veterinary clinic in Bavaria and one of the five largest veterinary clinics in Germany.

The veterinary clinic, founded in 1998 on the edge of the Augsburg Westliche Wälder Nature Park, is being managed in the interim and long term by the six partners Dr. Erben, Dr. Fitz, Dr. Heuschmann, Dr. Schernthaner, Dr. v. Walde and Dr. Zwick.  A total of 112 employees, including 45 veterinarians, look after approx. 4800 regular horse customers, 7500 small animal owners and 450 cattle farms every year. With the motto "real doctors treat more than one species", animals of all kinds, from hamsters to elephants, are treated by veterinarians in all disciplines, with horses accounting for more than 40% of veterinary turnover. In addition to the outpatient care of the patients in the home stable with 22 vehicles and a rescue transporter, 62 horse stalls are available in the clinic to enable the best possible care and treatment of the animals. The veterinary clinic has four operating theatres and 12 treatment rooms. Because the dental health of the horses has become more and more important, a dental clinic with four treatment areas was established in the Gessertshausen Veterinary Clinic, where all diagnostic and virtually all surgical treatment on standing horses can be done with minimally invasive methods by six veterinarians.

Dr. Fitz expressed his relief "The Altano Gruppe ensures the cohesion of the various animal species for our clinic. The success of our clinic is based on this diversity - we grew up together.  Altano gives our younger colleagues a secure future without financial risk in the "Champions League" of veterinary medicine."

Dr. Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe, was very pleased about the now even closer collaboration with the Gessertshausen Veterinary Clinic. "The Altano Gruppe succeeded in achieving a milestone with the merger with one of the top veterinary clinics in Germany."

Merger with the Partners Wehr Veterinary Clinic

18—07—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

The Partners Veterinary Clinic in the picturesque southern Black Forest is a new Altano member in the Basel area and offers optimal transport connections for customers from Germany, France and Switzerland. The clinic, founded in 1993 under the management of the three senior partners Dr. Friedrich Andres, Dr. Joachim Onderka and Dr. Ulrich Wernitz and the two junior partners, Elisabeth Bank and Dr. Kerstin Stubbe, has 13 stalls and three treatment rooms in a generously sized building with an indoor and outdoor riding arena. A total of 30 employees, including ten veterinarians, work for the clinic. During the last 3 years, they have treated over 4000 small animals and over 4000 horses both in the clinic and in the mobile practice.  The clinic covers the entire spectrum of equine medicine and small animal medicine, with a focus on the care of sports and leisure horses, dermatology, geriatrics, cardiology, gynaecology, surgery and feeding advice. 

Dr. Friedrich Andres is pleased about the merger with the Altano Gruppe "The professionalism of Ufenau and Altano has impressed us from the beginning. We are happy and proud to belong to this great group of first-class veterinarians. In order to improve continuous and advanced education and training, we would like to enable our employees to gain experience in other Altano Gruppe clinics. “

Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe, is also pleased about the merger with the Partners Veterinary Clinic: "We look forward to working with our colleagues at Partners Veterinary Clinic. Due to its location in the border triangle, the clinic offers customers from Germany, Switzerland and France the opportunity for optimal care in an Altano Gruppe clinic."

Merger with the Ankum Horse Clinic

23—05—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

The Pferdeklinik Ankum GmbH is the first clinic in Lower Saxony to become a new member of the Altano Gruppe. The horse clinic was founded in 2007 in Osnabrück, Germany, with an in-patient section, mainly managed by Dr. Stefan Tietje, and a partially mobile practice under the management of Dr. Philipp Lingens.

The inpatient surgical care of emergencies, especially colic operations (> 60/year) and the intensive care of patients around the clock, 365 days a year, takes place in close academic contact with the surrounding veterinary practices.  The mobile practice provides fast and flexible general medical, orthopaedic and gynaecological care as well as stock management, sports medicine support and first aid for emergencies on site. One focus is on purchase and sales examinations, including clinical and radiological examinations within the framework of Hanoverian auctions and stallion selections.

In addition to the two managing directors, who will manage the Ankum Horse Clinic on a long-term basis, 23 employees, including nine veterinarians, treat around 9,000 patients annually.

Dr. Philipp Lingens and Dr. Stefan Tietje are looking forward to working with the Altano Gruppe: "We welcome the fact that the Altano Gruppe has created a platform for a regular medical and business exchange. The cooperation and joint training of young veterinarians makes it possible to provide highly qualified education for employees in various specialist areas and to offer them long-term development prospects."

Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe, adds: "I am delighted that the merger with the Pferdeklinik Ankum GmbH in regional association with the Tierärztlichen Kompetenzzentrum Karthaus GmbH will enable constructive cooperation with two outstanding colleagues.”

Merger with the Kirchberg Horse Clinic

02—05—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

The Kirchberg Horse Clinic in the south of Munich is a new member of the Altano Gruppe. The state-of-the-art clinic was founded in 2011 between Holzkirchen and Bad Tölz by Dr. Uwe Heidbrink and offers a full range of equine medicine services including colic surgery. The focus is on orthopaedics, orthopaedic surgery and imaging diagnostics. The modern equipped clinic has a Hallmarq MRI. The 23 highly qualified employees, including seven veterinarians, treat around 3500 patients annually. Dr. Uwe Heidbrink has an excellent reputation of more than 20 years in the field of orthopaedics and surgery and works as a consultant surgeon.  The Kirchberg Horse Clinic is a training centre for the training of specialist veterinarians for horses and surgery.

Dr. Uwe Heidbrink, who will be managing director of the Kirchberg Horse Clinic Altano GmbH: “We see the merger with the Altano Gruppe and Ufenau as a trend-setting move for the further development of already highly qualified horse clinics. Through this collaboration, it will be possible for the clinics to both continue advance equine medicine as well as work in a structured manner on a long-term basis. Together, we will be able to guarantee young veterinarians highly qualified training and further education in the future. We are really looking forward to the cooperation.”

Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe, sums up: "I am very pleased that the Altano vision is becoming a reality and that, within one year, five clinics and one equine practice have become members of the Altano Gruppe."

Merger with the Bieberstein Horse Clinic

05—04—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

The Bieberstein Horse Clinic in the Cham region near Regensburg was founded in 1996 by Dr. Stefan von Bieberstein. With a focus on surgery, it has earned an excellent reputation as a referral clinic far beyond the Bavarian forest and offers the entire spectrum of equine medicine, from mobile practice to dental treatment. The clinic benefits from good cooperation with specialists from other clinics. The 17 highly qualified employees, including six veterinarians, treat around 2000 patients annually.

Dr. von Bieberstein, who will continue to manage the Bieberstein Altano GmbH Horse Clinic in the interim: “The merger of leading horse clinics in Germany by Ufenau and the Altano Gruppe is progressive and allows us a highly qualified, professional exchange where our patients, customers and employees all benefit.”

Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe GmbH, adds: "I am delighted that another highly qualified clinic has been added to the Altano Gruppe."

Merger with the Dr. Helling Veterinary Practice

05—04—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

The first merger with a referral practice has enhanced the Altano Gruppe. The Dr. Helling Veterinary Practice was founded more than 20 years ago by Dr. Andreas Maria Helling in Dorsten. The six employees, including three veterinarians, treat horses and small animals. The practice in the southern Münsterland region ideally fits into the Altano Gruppe due to its regional connection to the Tierärztlichen Kompetenzzentrum Karthaus GmbH as a referral practice. Dr. Helling will lead the practice until 01 August as branch manager. After this, management will be taken over by the veterinarian Marc Ebbinghaus, who currently works on the team of the Tierklinik Karthaus GmbH with a focus on orthopaedics and mobile practice.

Dr. Helling, branch manager of the Dr. Helling Veterinary Practice: I am glad that my life's work will be passed on to technically competent hands and that my patients will be well provided for."

Veterinarian Marc Ebbinghaus, future branch manager of the Dr. Helling Veterinary Practice, looks forward to his new responsibilities: "The future responsibilities as branch manager of the Dr. Helling Veterinary Practice in Dorsten make it possible for me to work in close solidarity with the Tierärztlichen Kompetenzzentrum Karthaus on a technically high level and profit from the knowledge transfer."

Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe GmbH, adds: "We are striving for good cooperation with the various veterinary practices in the region who are linked to the centres of excellence. By jointly organising night and weekend services and training young colleagues, these collaborations make it possible to keep the veterinary profession attractive in the long term and to guarantee optimal patient care.”

Merger with the Großwallstadt Horse Clinic

12—01—2018 (Altano Gruppe)

The Grosswallstadt Horse Clinic is a leading regional clinic specialising in equine diagnostics and surgery. The 53 highly qualified employees treat around 6,000 patients annually. In addition to the general range of equine medical treatment and therapy, the horse clinic has earned an excellent reputation in surgery, equine dentistry, regenerative equine medicine including stem cell therapies and sports medicine. The clinic also has its own rehabilitation centre where horses can be cared for after their treatments. As part of the merger with the Grosswallstadt Horse Clinic, two other renowned veterinarians, Dr. Holger Fischer and Mr. Souel Maleh, were also acquired.

Dr. Holger Fischer, Managing Director of the Grosswallstadt Horse Clinic: “In Ufenau and the Altano Gruppe, we have found a partner who has a suitable understanding of the market and with whom we are on an equal footing to further broaden our horse clinic sustainably.”

Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe GmbH, adds: "This merger is another important step to strengthen our regional presence in the Rhine-Main region. We are very pleased to have found another partner for the Group in the Grosswallstadt Horse Clinic."

Merger with the Horse Clinic in Kirchheim unter Teck

26—09—2017 (Altano Gruppe)

The newest member of the Altano Gruppe is the Kirchheim Horse Clinic. With magnetic resonance imaging, computer tomography, and scintigraphy, the clinic has gained an outstanding reputation in imaging diagnostics in Baden-Württemberg. The 37 highly qualified employees treat around 4,000 patients annually. 

Dr. Ulrich Walliser, Managing Director of the Horse Clinic in Kirchheim: “We have found a partner in Ufenau and the Altano Gruppe who shares our ambitions and supports our growth strategy. Our common goal is to build up the leading clinic group for equine medicine in Germany.”

Dr. Victor Baltus, CEO of the Altano Gruppe, adds: "This merger is an important step with a signal effect which strengthens the regional presence of the group in southern Germany. We look forward to the joint expansion of the horse clinic group."